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The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it is launching an investigation into the St. Louis County Family Court.

The Justice Department is looking into whether the court is depriving juveniles of their constitutional rights.

The department says the focus will be on whether the court provides the required due process for all children appearing for delinquency proceedings, and whether the court provides juveniles equal protection regardless of race.

In a statement released Monday, Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said, “Protecting the constitutional rights of all children appearing in court is critical to achieving our goals of improving juvenile courts, increasing the public’s confidence in the juvenile justice system and maintaining public safety.” 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:24
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Illinois' top law enforcement official is warning residents impacted by the recent storms: Be on the lookout for scammers. Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants residents to be alert for home repair con artists who exploit homes and businesses following natural disasters. Madigan says the con men will often swoop in following disasters and pressure homeowners and businesses to pay for expensive services. Some quick tips to avoid being ripped off: 

Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.

Call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business.

Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don’t be rushed into a deal.

Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.

Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction.

Never pay in cash.

Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor’s visit to your home.

In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.

Ask to see required state and local permits and licenses. Insurance adjusters and roofers must be licensed by state agencies. If the contractor does not have a required license, or if the name on the license doesn’t match the name on the contractor’s business card or truck, that should raise a red flag.

 
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:20
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Now that it is complete, developers hope the project will soon be up in the air.  

Saint Louis University’s first spacecraft that has been designed, built, tested and operated by students at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, is tentatively scheduled for launch today (Tuesday) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA Missouri Space Grant funded the project development and the launch of COPPER is sponsored by NASA.

COPPER's mission is to test the effectiveness of a commercial infrared camera for in-space navigation and object detection, as well as observing the Earth in the infrared spectrum.  

Parks College students will operate COPPER for 12 months from a radio control station in McDonnell-Douglas Hall on the SLU campus.

The spacecraft will naturally fall from orbit in about four years.  More than 50 undergraduate and graduate students worked to create COPPER over the past three years. 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:34
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There's good news for Missouri's unemployment numbers. According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the unemployment rate fell sharply in both September and October. The unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in September and 6.5 percent in October, which is the lowest unemployment rate since 2008. This is the 50th consecutive month that Missouri's unemployment rate was lower than the national average. In September, the trade, transportation and utilities sectors showed the most growth, while October saw growth in professional, scientific, and technical services. 

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