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Superstition has always been a part of sports and Cardinals fans are well aware of it's place in Redbird folklore. From red, soul-patches on the chin to playoff beards, fans and players alike have their connection to the mystique of superstitions.
So it shouldn't be a surprise that the memory of the 2011 Rally Squirrel would be revived....in a possible court battle.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that there is a lingering trademark dispute at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over the furry little fellow.
The Cardinals are contesting an October 2011 application by a Fenton businessman for a federal trademark on the Rally Squirrel for shirts and related memorabilia.
Phil Rideout, told the newspaper that he thinks he was the first one to make a Rally Squirrel T-Shirt in 2011 and says he applied to register the trademark.
But the Cardinals filed an opposition with the trademark office in 2012 saying the Rally Squirrel was immediately associated with the team.
The two parties are now trying to negotiate a settlement.
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) - Police in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood are investigation a series of vehicle break-ins.
At least 16 thefts were reported Wednesday in three different areas of the St. Louis County town. Thieves stole from unlocked vehicles in some cases and broke locks in others. Items taken included an iPad, laptop computer, electronics and other items.
Authorities urged residents to not leave valuable items in unattended vehicles.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A prominent Kansas City defense attorney has been hired to represent a northwest Missouri man at the center of a teen sexual assault case that has gained worldwide attention because of the way it was handled.
J.R. Hobbs confirmed Thursday that he will assist the Maryville native who was 17 in January 2012 when a 14-year-old girl claimed he plied her with alcohol and sexually assaulted her.
Daisy Coleman says justice was not served when Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dismissed felony charges against the boy and a second 17-year-old accused of recording the incident on his cellphone.
Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker was appointed Monday as special prosecutor in the case and will decide whether evidence supports refiling of charges.
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced an Illinois man to 30 years in prison for convictions on narcotics and firearms charges.
Thirty-five-year-old Joel Rivas was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the sentence Thursday.
Rivas was convicted in July of drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and illegally possessing two guns.
The former Elgin resident was living in Chicago when he was arrested in 2010. That's when authorities say they found cocaine, marijuana and guns in an Elgin storage unit.
Prosecutors claimed that Rivas and another man, Ismael Miranda, distributed wholesale amounts of cocaine and marijuana to customers in Illinois between 2007 and 2010.
The 36-year-old Miranda pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A suspect is in custody after police say he carjacked a visitor at a local hospital and then robbed a bank.
Around 1 PM the suspect stole a car at St. Anthony Medical Center. A short time later, a car matching the description of a the stolen one was used during a bank robbery.
Police say the suspect drove from the hospital and robbed the Arsenal Credit Union. Police managed to stop the suspect in the stolen car on Interstate 55 in south county.
The suspect is in custody, but he has not been identified.
WHEELING, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's not discouraged that lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.
The Chicago Democrat says the days were valuable for discussion to "lay a foundation" on the state's pension crisis and same-sex marriage.
However, neither issue came up for a vote before lawmakers left town.
They'll be back next month. Quinn says that'll be the time to take votes.
A bipartisan panel has been tasked with coming up with a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension problem, but the panel has been stalled on a plan that would save an estimated $138 billion.
Meanwhile, advocates and opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage both held rallies this week in Springfield.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans a conference call next week to discuss the Missouri River after public meetings had to be cancelled.
The Army Corps cancelled five meetings in early October during the federal government shutdown. It says budget uncertainty and a long lead time required to schedule meetings prevents rescheduling them this fall.
Officials are accepting public comments on a draft operating plan for the Missouri River. Monday's conference call will include an update on current conditions in the river basin and plans for regulating reservoirs next year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration is withdrawing a proposal for rolling back an expansion of the food stamps program.
Since 2009, the state has qualified for a waiver allowing able-bodied adults without children to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program despite failing to meet federal work requirements. Officials had proposed changing eligibility rules to waive the work requirements only in counties where the unemployment rate is higher than 10 percent.
Nixon said Thursday he is directing the Social Services Department to withdraw the proposal. The governor says there now is greater certainty about federal funding for food stamps after last week's budget agreement.
Missouri had about 915,000 people receiving food stamps in August. That's down from a peak of nearly 962,000 in December 2011.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Lawmakers are working to change a small mistake in Illinois' new pet "lemon" law.
Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski, the legislation's sponsor, told a Senate committee that there was an error in the legislation that was passed by both houses last spring.
The amendment to the law allows owners to return a pet or be reimbursed for veterinary costs if it is discovered an illness was not disclosed by the seller. The original legislation said pet stores would have to pay owners up to twice the cost of the pet to offset treatment costs. Kotowski told a Senate committee that number should be changed to require reimbursement to match the cost of the pet.
The measure passed the Senate and now heads to the House.
Normandy Schools Superintendent Ty McNichols will outline proposed budget cuts at Thursday night's school board meeting. But Wednesday, district officials briefed employees about the plan as the struggling district tries to cover transfer costs for hundreds of students.
Teachers learned yesterday that 103 of the district's 650 employees will lose their jobs by the end of December. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that layoff notices will go out next month.
District officials say class sizes could go as high as 29 students and Bel-Nor Elementary School is expected to close.
The district is projecting a $6.8 million shortfall this school year because of the added cost of the state mandated school transfer program.