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Susan Smith-Harmon

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   Nearly 1,800 people have died from heroin overdoses in the St. Louis area since 2007.  St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch believes his department can do more to cut the numbers.  

   Fitch says when overdose calls come in, police arrive first on the scene about 30 percent of the time.  That's why he's asking the county health department to write a prescription allowing officers to carry naloxone, also called Narcan.  It's a fast-acting antidote for overdoses on opiates, like heroin and morphine.  Police in some other U.S. cities are already using it to treat overdose victims before EMTs arrive.  

   Fitch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that equipping each car with two-doses is affordable, costing the department about $1,500.  

Cardinal's flight to Boston delayed 7 hours

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:37 Published in Local News

   After waiting seven hours on the tarmac at Lambert Airport, the Cardinals are finally on the ground in Boston.  

   A mechanical problem had grounded the Delta Airlines charter flight that was supposed to take off Tuesday afternoon.  Players, coaches and their families had to wait for a new one to be flown in from Atlanta.  

   While they waited, several players posted good-natured comments on social media.  Matt Carpenter tweeted "On the bright side really getting to know my teammates children."  

   The Cardinals hadn't scheduled any workouts for Tuesday.

   The team finally arrived in Boston about 10:00 p.m. St. Louis time.  

   They'll take on the Red Sox in a must-win World Series Game 6 Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

Nixon admin. accused of discrimination in firing

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:44 Published in Local News

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency is alleging discrimination in her firing by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

   Gracia Backer was replaced in March as director of the Division of Employment Security in Missouri's labor department. Her ouster came at the same time that Nixon appointed labor department director Larry Rebman to a different job.

   Documents provided Monday to The Associated Press show Backer has filed a discrimination complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. The complaint claims Backer was fired after raising concerns that Rebman was discriminating against her and other older and female employees.

   Rebman told the AP on Monday that he didn't discriminate against Backer.

   The governor's office never announced why Backer was replaced as division director.

 

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