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An interesting program in Lincoln County that encourages speeders to give back to the community.

The Post-Dispatch reports that the Sheriff's Department is giving first or second-time offenders a chance to make a donation to charity instead of getting a ticket. The officers are handing out a card that shows how much the traffic citation would have cost and asks the driver to give that amount to their favorite charity.

Officials say one speeder sent a $110 check to the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.

New jobless numbers for St. Louis area

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 13:04 Published in Local News

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the June jobless numbers and the unemployment rate sits at 7.6 percent in the St. Louis metro area.

That is below the national rate of 7.8 percent for June. Compared to last June, there are 18,000 more workers.

The industry that saw the biggest increase in jobs was trade, transportation, and utility--they added 8,500 employees. Government employment meanwhile shed 4,000 jobs. 

 

Ex-Penn State prez: I didn't jump to conclusions

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:34 Published in National News

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's former president told investigators that he knew better than to jump to conclusions that Jerry Sandusky's "horsing around" in a university shower naked with a boy could have been sexual in nature.

Graham Spanier made the comment during April 2011 grand jury testimony that was read aloud for the first time in a Harrisburg courtroom Tuesday.

The hearing for Spanier and two other former university officials is to decide whether there's enough evidence to warrant a trial on the charges against them in the child-sex abuse scandal.

Prosecutors say the defendants failed to tell police about a sex-abuse allegation against Sandusky in 2001. But the defendants say they weren't told that Sandusky was molesting the boy.

Police also investigated complaints about Sandusky showering with boys in 1998, but Spanier says he knew nothing about that.

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