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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The ACLU of Illinois says the state's abortion notification law will go into effect in 35 days.

The Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday that ended a lengthy and emotionally charged legal battle of a 1995 law that's never been enforced. It requires doctors to notify a girl's parents of her abortion 48 hours before the procedure. It applies to girls 17 and younger.

The ACLU represented the southeastern Illinois clinic and the director of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Reproductive Health in the case.

The group says the measure "jeopardizes the health and safety of young women."

The ACLU says it will spend the next weeks working with health care providers and lawyers to counsel girls.

 
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Guns, drugs and the arrest of more than 150 people in the St Louis area is the result of a four month undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

For four months--more than 80 ATF agents from around the country as well as federal prosecutors and local police were involved in a massive drugs and arms investigation.  It's known as The Violent Crime Reduction Partnership and is the ninth “multi-month” operation conducted by the ATF. 

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports on Wednesday 159 people were arrested.   Agents say they have more than 1,700 previous arrests between them, and 78 percent are previously convicted felons.

Agents also seized 267 guns as well as more than seven pounds of marijuana, three pounds of cocaine, a pound and a half of heroin and 25 ounces of meth.

 

Thursday, 11 July 2013 12:22
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that included designating part of Interstate 70 as "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway."

Nixon said in his veto message Thursday that the name refers to the Dr. Robert Graham, who owned the farm where the large rock is located.

The rock can be seen in the median of Interstate 70 roughly halfway between Columbia and the St. Louis region.

The governor said a popular outing during the 1880s was to drive horses and buggies to the rock for a picnic. But the rock also has been called "slave rock," which Nixon says comes from a belief that slave auctions occurred at the site.

Nixon says the highway designation would have elevated one part of the site's history above the others.

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   PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis area man faces a murder charge after he allegedly provided heroin to a woman who later died of an overdose.

   Franklin County authorities say 27-year-old Christopher Albrecht was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and heroin distribution. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Albrecht allegedly supplied heroin to 32-year-old Danielle Jeanine Barlow and her boyfriend in April. The boyfriend overdosed first but Barlow and her 11-year-old son were able to revive him.

   Police say after he woke up, Barlow took another dose and was found dead the next morning.

 

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