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   Firefighters remain on the scene of a smokey fire that's destroyed a metro-east salvage yard.  Cahokia fire officials say the blaze broke out about 2:30 Monday afternoon at Marty's Salvage Yard in the 2000 block of Camp Jackson Road.  

   Burning tires and auto parts created a huge column of black smoke that could be seen for miles.  The thick smoke prompted authorities to bring in HazMat crews.  

   Firefighters could remain at the scene all night as they deal with hot spots.  

   Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.  

   Cahokia Assistant Fire Chief  Stephen Robbins says there were two minor injuries -- a salvage yard worker and a firefighter who suffered smoke inhalation. 

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 00:51
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The work to replace two miles of water pipeline along Manchester Road in Ballwin kicks off Monday night.

Starting every night at 8:30, crews will dig up water mains between Henry Avenue and Old Ballwin Road. KSDK reports the pipes are between 70 and 100 years old. Crews will be working from 8:30 pm to 6am to minimize the impact on traffic, but the inside westbound lane will be occasionally closed.

Work should be done before MoDOT plans to re-pave Manchester in 2014.

 

Monday, 08 April 2013 17:31
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident same-sex marriage will become law in Illinois.

Quinn told reporters in Chicago on Monday that supporters are "very close" to the votes needed in the state House to pass legislation that grants same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

The Illinois Senate already approved it. But getting the 60 votes needed in the House is proving harder. Quinn didn't suggest a current vote count, but he said "we're going to get it done."

The Chicago Democrat says he's reached out personally to ask legislators to support the measure.

If the bill does become law, it would make Illinois the 10th state to allow same-sex marriage. The state approved civil unions in 2011.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - When a gunman killed 26 children and staff at a Connecticut grade school, proposals to let teachers carry hidden guns into the classroom soon proliferated in many Republican-led states.

But less than four months later, the quest to put guns in schools has stalled in many traditionally gun-friendly states after encountering opposition from educators, reluctance from some governors and ambivalence from legislative leaders more focused on economic initiatives.

So far, South Dakota is the only state to respond with a new law allowing school personnel to carry guns into elementary and high schools. A similar proposal is poised for passage in Kansas. And Arkansas has enacted a new law allowing colleges to let staff with concealed gun permits bring their weapons on campus.

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