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Despite early reports of shots fired and broken glass at Kirkwood High School police are now saying that broken light bulbs are cause for the scare.  Reports say vandals may have been the cause or possibly simply a box of light bulbs falling to the ground.  School to resume at 9 am.  

 

 

Early report below

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:45
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   Long-time St. Louis newsman Larry Conners is taking his age discrimination claims against his former employer to court.  Conners, 66, is suing KMOV-TV for $50,000, alleging that younger and less-experienced employees got better assignments and treatment.

   The veteran broadcaster had filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint after he was fired in May.  

   His dismissal came about a week after he posted controversial comments to Facebook.  Conners had suggested he may have been targeted by the IRS after a 2012 interview with President Barack Obama.  

   KMOV general manager Mark Pimentel told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the station will "vigorously defend" itself against Connors' claims.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 02:27
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - After months of legal wrangling and false starts in a battle to resume domestic horse slaughter, plants in New Mexico and Missouri are working to begin processing equine for human consumption.
 
   The efforts come on the heels of an order late Friday by a federal appeals court that lifted an emergency stay on the companies' plans.
 
   Blair Dunn, an Albuquerque who represents Valley Meat Co. of Roswell and Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Mo., says the plants Monday "are pushing full steam ahead to be ready to go as soon as possible."
 
   Rains Natural Meats, he says, even has horses on site. But it's unclear if the plants will open before Christmas or wait until after the holidays.
 
   The Humane Society vows "the fight for America's horses is not over."
Monday, 16 December 2013 17:29
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CHICAGO (AP) - A federal court is ordering an Illinois county clerk's office to issue a marriage license to any same-sex couple who wants to wed immediately because one of them has a life-threatening illness.
 
Illinois last month became the 16th state to legalize gay marriage, but couples can't apply for licenses until June 1.
 
But following U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman order Monday to the Cook County clerk's office, they will be able to marry straightaway if they can provide a doctor's note saying one partner has a life-threatening illness.
 
Two Chicago women became the first same-sex couple to wed in Illinois last month after they asked a federal judge for an expedited license. Gay rights advocates say three gay couples have been granted emergency marriage license applications in Cook County.
 
Monday, 16 December 2013 17:27
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And you might be noticing that your mail is arriving a bit later in the day.

 

The Post-Dispatch reporting that some people are not getting their mail until as late as 9PM. That is the holiday crunch--the service has seen a 43-percent increase in volume this month.

 

The Postal Service has hired 145 employees locally to ease the burden, but many are still learning the ropes.

Monday, 16 December 2013 17:07
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The 17-year-old New Zealand songwriter who took the world by storm this year, is coming to St. Louis next year.

 

Lorde announced that she will visit St. Louis on March 20 as part of her North American tour. Her single "Royals" remained on the Billboard charts for nine weeks. 

 

Tickets for her St. Louis show go on sale December 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be $45 and $35.

Monday, 16 December 2013 17:00
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A St. Charles man is in custody, connected to the sexual assault of a young relative.

 

Prosecutors have charged Jonathon Gregg with statutory sodomy and child molestation. Court documents say that between June and August of this year, Gregg targeted a nine-year-old girl.

 

He is held on $25,000 bail.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady paid $37,000 in state and federal taxes in 2012 on $200,500 in income.
 
The Bloomington Republican released income and tax information for his wife and him Monday.
 
Brady is among four hopefuls seeking the GOP nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn next fall.
 
Brady says his salary information comes from his pay as state senator and from gains and losses from various real estate and development companies he owns.
 
Brady's running mate is Maria Rodriguez. She and her businessman husband paid $116,000 in state and federal taxes on gross income of $470,000.
 
Another GOP candidate, Bruce Rauner, reported last month he paid $10 million in federal taxes last year on a salary of $53.4 million.
 
Monday, 16 December 2013 15:41
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Four lawsuits alleging that false memories of sexual abuse and satanic cult activity were implanted in women at Castlewood Treatment Center in suburban St. Louis are about to be dismissed, according to a published report.
 
Lisa Nasseff filed suit two years ago against Ballwin, Mo.-based Castlewood and its former director, psychologist Mark Schwartz. Separate suits from three other women followed.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that attorneys for Nasseff say the case was resolved favorably for both sides, but no details were released. The newspaper says Nasseff's suit will be dismissed on Friday, according to filings in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The newspaper says the other three suits appear headed for settlement as well.
 
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