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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois lawmaker wants communities around the state to be able install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Rep. Jay Hoffman has introduced legislation that'd allow communities of all sizes to install the devices.
 
Legislation signed by the governor in 2012 limited speed cameras to cities with at least 1 million residents, making the statute apply solely to Chicago.
 
Hoffman is a Belleville Democrat. He says he wants "one uniform law for the whole state."
 
Speed cameras are only allowed in designated safety zones - areas near a school or a park. Drivers caught by the cameras can face $100 fines. Money generated from the tickets can only be used for public safety initiatives, construction or infrastructure maintenance.
 
Friday, 28 February 2014 14:51
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County woman is charged with felony assault after reportedly stabbing a Normandy police officer in the face with a steak knife.
 
KSDK-TV reports that Tinisha Washington is jailed on a $150,000 bond after the Tuesday night incident. Normandy Police Chief Frank Mininni says his officer is expected to make a full recovery and return to work next week.
 
Police say the incident began as a domestic disturbance call involving Washington and her mother. Washington was behind a locked bedroom door which she opened slightly when the attack occurred.
 
The chief says his officer was stabbed so forcefully that the knife bent. In addition to a charge of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, Washington is also charged with armed criminal action and resisting arrest.
 
Friday, 28 February 2014 10:57
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has hired an engineering company to inspect all of its buildings after a walkway collapsed at a university-run apartment complex last week, killing a firefighter.
 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university hired the firm, Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw Inc., to inspect 1,300 campus buildings, including storage facilities. University spokesman Christian Basi says the university isn't giving the company a deadline for completing the inspections.
 
John Smith, a structural engineer with the firm, says the buildings on the list are all across the state, including farms and university extension offices.
 
Lt. Bruce Britt was on the second-floor walkway of University Village Apartments when the walkway collapsed Saturday morning. Britt, a 23-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a hospital. No residents were injured.
 
 
Friday, 28 February 2014 10:46
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Legislation passed by the Missouri House would give social workers more time to complete investigations into child abuse and neglect.
 
Current law stipulates that those investigations must be completed within 30 days. But the measure passed Thursday would allow the Department of Social Services to take up to 30 business days before submitting a report.
 
Sponsoring Rep. Bill Lant, a Pineville Republican, says these serious investigations shouldn't be rushed. He added that the current timetable puts a strain on department staff.
 
The House voted 151-1 to send the measure to the Senate.
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