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Series of fights forces lockdown at Vashon High School

Friday, 15 November 2013 16:12 Published in Local News

There was a brief lockdown at Vashon High School today after a fight.

St. Louis City Police were called to the school after there were several fights between female students. Administrators place the school on lock-down and restricted movement between classes to restore order.

Fox 2 reports that nine students are facing charges. The lockdown has been lifted. 

Pension reform proposal could serve as test case

Friday, 15 November 2013 15:51 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An employee pension reform bill passed by the Legislature for the Chicago park district is being watched as a test case for statewide reforms, even as it poses a tricky dilemma for Gov. Pat Quinn.

Lawmakers say passage of the park district reforms shouldn't be interpreted as a blueprint for the success of a larger plan addressing the state's $100 billion pension problem. But it could be a test case for how pension reform deals will be interpreted by the courts.

House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman credits successful negotiations between the park district and labor union, something that hasn't happened statewide.

Quinn has been a champion of pension reform. But union officials who raised a late objection to the park district plan are among his biggest campaign contributors.

 

St. Louis Police announced today that they have a suspect in custody connected to the shooting of an off-duty officer this week.

On Wednesday night the officer was visiting his sister at her north St. Louis home. The officer asked to men inside the house to leave. One suspect ran out and while the officer was escorting the second man from the house, he shot at the officer. The victim was hit in the leg and the suspect ran from the scene.

The suspect was captured today and charges are pending. The officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

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