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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.

Monday, 16 December 2013 16:59
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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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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers plan to try again to limit how much money people can receive in medical malpractice lawsuits.
 
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the liability limits are a priority for the 2014 session. And Rep. Eric Burlison, of Springfield, already is promoting a bill.
 
Republican lawmakers want to reinstate a $350,000 limit on noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering that was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court in July 2012.
 
The court said the limit violated a common-law right to seek damages for medical malpractice that predated the adoption of a state constitution in 1820.
 
The proposed legislation would abolish that common-law right and instead make medical liability lawsuits subject to state law.
 
A similar bill stalled earlier this year in the Senate.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit aimed at tightening the pollution controls planned for the FutureGen clean-coal project.
 
The environmental group argues In the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Springfield that the project needs to meet tougher standards for preventing the release of pollutants into the air.
 
Jack Darin is director of the Sierra Club's Illinois chapter. He told Lee Enterprises' Springfield Bureau that the group remains skeptical that the project's promise of clean coal is possible.
 
The $1.3 billion project intends to use primarily federal funds to refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois. Carbon dioxide from the coal used at the plant would be pumped underground and stored.
 
The FutureGen Alliance said it was reviewing the lawsuit.
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Fire fighters will be on the scene through much of the night after a 4-alarm fire destroyed most of a warehouse in downtown St. Louis.

 

A spokesman for the fire department says the fire has been contained, but crews will remain on site to cool off any hot spots. The blaze began around 11:30 this morning at the Servco warehouse just south of the Poplar Street Bridge. Everyone in the building was able to evacuate safely. The fire sent plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles. The top two floors of the building collapsed. At the height of the blaze more than 80 firefighters were on scene.

 

No word on what caused the fire.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois is preparing to go smoke-free.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the state's flagship campus in Champaign-Urbana will ban smoking starting January 1. That's not sitting well with some tailgaters who say they want to light up.
Chris Roegge puffed on a cigar during the Illini's last home game and says he thinks the new ban is "kind of silly" and questioned how the school will enforce the new policy.
Champaign resident Dan Tappendorf said "political correctness has gone too far."
The campus already bans smoking inside buildings and within 25 feet of a building entrance.
A school spokeswoman says the smoking ban had been set to begin in November, but administrators decided to delay the change because "we didn't want to hit people right before finals."
 
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