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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales.

The justices ruled 6-1 in an opinion released Friday to invalidate the so-called "Amazon tax."

The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting "discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce."

Lawmakers created the Internet tax in 2011 on out-of-state electronic retailers. The law claimed those merchants maintained a presence in the state through a website link.

In other words, if a blogger referred customers to a company by encouraging clicking on a site-based advertisement, that was "presence" in Illinois. That obligated the seller to collect sales tax.

Justice Lloyd Karmeier dissented, saying the law doesn't impose any new taxes.

Friday, 18 October 2013 13:04
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Fans interested in avoiding the traffic jams before and after the National League Championship Series Game 6 tonight (and Game 7 if necessary tomorrow) are encouraged to take public transit.

Metro will have additional staffing to monitor MetroLink platforms and assist crowds and will provide extra service before and after the game.

Free Park-Ride lots are located next to many of the MetroLink stations in Illinois and Missouri making it convenient to take MetroLink to the Stadium Station or to another nearby station in downtown.

Fans who want to know which MetroLink Park-Ride lot is the closest to their home or work can check out www.metrostlouis.org to use the Trip Planner feature. 

 

Friday, 18 October 2013 10:10
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The recent reports about several child abduction attempts in the St. Louis area is emphasizing the need for increased awareness about how to make your kids safer.

Marc Klass, who founded the Klass Kids Foundation in honor of his daughter Polly, is in St. Louis to host a 5k run in Kirkwood tomorrow. But he also wants to remind people that young children aren't the only targets in the world of human trafficking.

Klass says we are finding out that the United States is " a demand country" for human trafficking, adding "We're really supplying a lot of our own demand with our own teenage girls."

The Klass Kids 5k and Family Fun Run is tomorrow morning at 7:30 at Kirkwood Park.

People can register on site and children can be fingerprinted and photographed for free from 8:30 until noon.

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   LOS ANGELES (AP) - Porn publisher Larry Flynt says he doesn't want to see the man whose gunshots paralyzed him 35 years ago put to death for his crimes.

   In an essay published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter, Flynt says that while he'd love to take pliers and a pair of wire cutters to Joseph Paul Franklin, he doesn't believe in the death penalty.

   The Hustler magazine publisher says keeping Franklin locked in a tiny prison cell for the rest of his life is a greater punishment.

   Franklin has been in prison since 1980 for a string of shootings that left five people dead and others wounded.

   He is scheduled to be executed November 20th in Missouri.

   Franklin targeted blacks, Jews and people like Flynt, who he believed promoted interracial relations.

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