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Peabody retirees applaud appeal court ruling

Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:48 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Peabody Energy retirees are applauding a court ruling that it remains obligated to continue health-care benefits for some 3,100 retirees of one of the company's former holdings.

An 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' bankruptcy panel on Wednesday overturned U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States' May ruling that Peabody no longer was obliged to pay the benefits.

That ruling linked to the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal, which Peabody spun off in 2007.

While the United Mine Workers of America union cheered Wednesday's development, Peabody says the panel didn't rule on the level of funding required to meet future obligations.

Peabody adds the court found the company was obligated to make the payments until a new labor agreement was approved between Patriot and the UMWA. That came in recent days.

St. Louis Police Sergeant David Bonenberger is speaking out about his reverse discrimination lawsuit victory against the St. Louis Police Department.

Bonenberger was awarded $620,000 in punitive damages after he was passed over for a department job. He said supervisors told him he shouldn't bother applying for the position, because it was going to be awarded to a black female.

After three years of court battle, Bonenberger says he's happy to have the incident behind him. "Absolute relief it's finally over and I have finally be vindicated," says Bonenberger. "All along their contention was that I was a dishonest liar, fabricating the entire thing."

Bonenberger says he is absolutely concerned about retaliation from within the department, but he has no plans on leaving. 

 

Shots fired after brothers stop car burglary in process

Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:25 Published in Local News

St. Louis did not make a good impression on a pair of brothers driving through the city on a road trip.

The two men say they their car was broken into. Around 3 AM the pair from Michigan decided to park their car and walk to the Arch to get some pictures. As they returned to their car, they saw two men in the car. The suspects ran out of the car and into their own vehicle. As one of the brothers tried to write down their license plate, a suspect fired several shots into the air. One of the bullets hit a window in the nearby Hyatt Hotel. No one was injured.

The brothers say the suspects stole a cell phone charger, wallet, and computer.

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