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St. Louis-based Patriot Coal is back in bankruptcy court today, much to the chagrin of coal workers, who say the company is trying to cut their retirement benefits. This afternoon, Patriot Coal will seek changes to their collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America, saying the company can no longer afford to pay hefty benefits and health care coverage for union workers. In response, thousands of coal miners held protests last month in front of Peabody Energy Headquarters downtown. Peabody Energy is Patriot Coal's parent compant. Union leaders worry Peabody Energy will use Patriot's banruptcy to escape their own health care obligations. And they say Patriot is rewarding their highest executives with $7 million in bonuses. Patriot Coal says their reorganization is needed to save 4,000 jobs.
Monday, 18 March 2013 10:05
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An ambulance stolen outside Barnes Jewish Hospital in the Central West End has been found in East St Louis.

St. Louis police say around 3:00 a.m. Monday morning a MedStar ambulance was taken from the parking bay outside Barnes Jewish hospital, possibly by a woman.

Few details have been released, although police and MedStar officials say the ambulance was found near 15th and College streets in East St. Louis just before six this (Monday) morning.

A quick search reveals no damage to the vehicle, the keys were left inside and nothing appeared to be taken.
Monday, 18 March 2013 07:42
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Hearings are set for this week in the St. Louis firefighters' pension reform battle.

Early last year, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay had proposed replacing the current Firemen's Retirement System with a less-expensive pension system. The Board of Aldermen passed the plan, but the board that oversees the pension system sued to stop the city from implementing it.

The new system would cut costs by trimming disability payments and making pension administrators civil servants, among other things. City officials say that's necessary because the pay and benefits that the four-person administrative staff receives right now are far more than those of other city pension administrators.

The F-R-S needed a 20-million dollar infusion from the city coffers last year in order to cover expenses. Slay says the city can't keep that up for long.
Monday, 18 March 2013 07:34
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The ad man who gave us Spuds Mackenzie, "Weekends were made for Michelob," and "This Bud's for you," has died. Michael Roarty died Saturday after a heart attack. He was 84.

Roarty helped build Anheuser-Busch brands into international powerhouses. He was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 1994.

Visitation for Roarty will be Wednesday with funeral services Thursday at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood.
Monday, 18 March 2013 06:16
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