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The United Mine Workers says 15 protesters were arrested in a non-violent demonstration outside the Peabody Energy Corporation building in downtown St. Louis Tuesday.

Patriot Coal was spun off from the energy company in 2007 and filed for bankruptcy last year. A federal appeals court ruled in August that Peabody Energy remains obligated to maintain health-care benefits for more than 3,100 retirees of Heritage Coal, another Peabody spinoff company.

There could be as many as 52 races at Fairmount Park next season, or as few as 10.

 It all depends on whether or not Illinois lawmakers extend Internet-based wagering and supplemental funding.  The Illinois Racing Board Tuesday announced four alternative 2014 schedules for all five Illinois horse tracks.  The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the number of races run depends on the revenue raised through Advanced deposit wagering, which provides funds to the racing board and venues.  The measure has to be re-authorized periodically.  

The current extension is set to expire at the end of January.  

 

It is a controversial issue, combining the crime statistics for St. Louis city with St. Louis County, but it is one proposed to the FBI this week by city police chief Sam Dotson and the county's top cop Tim Fitch.  

Meanwhile,  St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Bob McCulloch, spoke with KTRS's McGraw Milhaven earlier this morning. McCulloch says combining the crime stats would be a manipulation of numbers and in reality, wouldn't do much to improve St. Louis's position on the list of Most Dangerous Cities.

"It takes only from second place top eighth place and I don't know that there's a big difference" said McCulloch. "Are you going to argue, hey I don't live in the second most dangerous city in the country I live in the eighth most dangerous city in the country. It's just nonsense. What we ought to be working on is how we are going to govern this area."

McCulloch says one of the major flaws of combining the city and county's crime stats is that not all county municipalities are included, rather only those patrolled by St. Louis County Police. Jennings, Kirkwood, and University City, for instance, are among the municipalities that would not be counted. 

 

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