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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- T.J. Oshie scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick and Ryan Miller made 27 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 rout over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
 
St. Louis has won three in a row overall and nine straight against the Wild. The Blues lead the NHL with 107 points.
 
Minnesota has lost six of eight.
 
Jaden Schwartz and Brenden Morrow also scored for St. Louis, which has points in its last 10 home games. Miller improved to 9-2-1 since being acquired from Buffalo on Feb. 28.
 
Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who had earned points in their previous three road games. Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves but fell to 12-8-4. He has won just twice in his last nine starts.
 
Oshie, who has a career-high 21 goals, scored twice in the first period - including a short-handed goal with 26 seconds left that made it 2-0.
 
He converted from the slot at 4:43 and then beat Kuemper on a breakaway for the Blues' fifth short-handed goal of the season.
 
Oshie tipped in a shot from Jay Bouwmeester at 7:18 of the third period to complete the hat trick.
 
The Blues posted a hat trick for the second straight game as Oshie matched David Backes' three-goal feat in St. Louis' 5-3 win at Toronto on Tuesday.
 
Schwartz netted his 23rd goal of the season on a power play midway through the second period.
 
St. Louis has killed 23 straight power plays against Minnesota over six games.
 
NOTES: Steve Cash and Josh Pauls, members of the USA's gold-medal winning Paralympic hockey team, were honored before the game. ... Minnesota began a four-game trip that also has stops at Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago. ... The Blues, shooting for their first Presidents' Trophy since the 1999-2000 season, lead Boston by one point in the overall standings. Both teams have nine games remaining. ... Minnesota LW Dany Heatley has gone a season-high 13 games without a goal.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says any "discussion of tax cuts is a nonstarter" until lawmakers first take steps to curb the amount of money going to tax breaks for developers.
 
Nixon's statement Thursday came a day after the Senate gave initial approval to legislation that could gradually reduce the state's income tax rates, beginning in 2017.
 
An income tax cut is a top priority this year for Republicans.
 
The Democratic governor vetoed a tax-cut plan last year and has threatened to do so again unless it meets several criteria. Those include full funding for public schools and new limits on tax credit programs for the development of low-income housing and historic buildings.
 
The Senate bill is not contingent upon conditions being met.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A measure President Barack Obama originally pushed during his time in the Illinois Legislature to prevent racial profiling is closer to becoming a permanent law in Illinois.
 
The House on Thursday approved the legislation requiring police officers to record the ethnicity of every driver they stop. It now heads to the Senate.
 
Then-state Sen. Barack Obama and Democratic Rep. Monique Davis sponsored the original measure in 2004. It mandated the reporting for a three-year period, and had to be extended each time it expired. The current measure is set to expire in 2015.
 
Members of the House Black Caucus say racial profiling is still too prevalent in Illinois.
 
But law enforcement officials who oppose the legislation say there are other ways to examine racial profiling.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Although it might surprise a few people, there’s some public schools in the city of St. Louis that are doing pretty well. 

 

US News and World Report have rated Metro Academic and Classical High School as the top high school in Missouri.  Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says not only is Metro doing well, but they’ve doubled the number of quality educational opportunities for parents in St. Louis over the past four or five years and believes if they keep doing that, not only will you see a turn around in the lives of children, but you’re also going to see a major turn around for the city itself. 

 

US News also ranks Metro as the 135th best high school in the country.

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