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   An off duty St. Louis police officer is fighting for his life after being ejected from his vehicle during a traffic accident early Sunday evening.  Police say it happened at Jamieson and Fyler about 5:30 p.m.  

   The 25 year old officer and his girlfriend had been traveling south on Jamieson when their vehicle collided with an SUV.  The officer's vehicle rolled several times.  

   Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the officer suffered head injuries.  No one else was seriously hurt.  

   Accident reconstruction crews are investigating.  

   Dotson told the paper the injured officer has been with the department about a year, and works in the 5th district.  

Monday, 14 October 2013 00:52
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   It may be a while before anyone knows what killed a Highland, Illinois teen found unresponsive in a friend's dorm room at the University of Missouri Sunday morning.  

   University Police say emergency crews arrived about 9:00 a.m. to find 18 year old Gregory Holthaus unconscious and not breathing.  He was rushed to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

   Police don't suspect foul play, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. The investigation is ongoing.  

   Friends and family held a memorial service for Holthaus at the Highland town square Sunday evening.

Monday, 14 October 2013 00:48
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A travel-marketing firm based in southwestern Illinois says it will emerge from bankruptcy now that a judge has signed off on the sale of assets for $3.5 million.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an East St. Louis federal bankruptcy court has approved the sale of YTB International of Wood River, Illinois to Jamraval Incorporated.

YTB is a seller of Internet-based travel services and products. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March.

The company's new owner, Sam Hathi, will oversee YTB's day-to-day operations.

YTB's president and CEO, Andy Cauthen, will remain at the 12-year-old company in an unspecified 

Sunday, 13 October 2013 09:12
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CHICAGO (AP) — Shoppers in Illinois and other states were unable to use their food stamp debit cards because of an outage at the vendor that processes the payments on Saturday.

Xerox Corporation said Saturday night that access to food stamp systems has been restored in 17 states that were affected by a temporary outage.

People in Ohio, Michigan and Texas were unable to use food stamp debit-style cards for hours on Saturday. Xerox said a routine test of backup systems resulted in a temporary system failure.

Xerox Spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer said in an email that it took time to restore the system and make sure it was fully functional.

Sunday, 13 October 2013 09:11
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis lawyer who has worked as an assistant Missouri attorney general as well as the city's Circuit Court clerk has been appointed as city license collector.

Governor Jay Nixon on Friday announced the appointment of Mavis T. Thompson. She succeeds Michael McMillan, who resigned.

Thompson is a University of Missouri law school graduate who serves on the state's Division of Employment Security Appeals Tribunal. She has also worked as a city attorney for Berkeley and Wellston and as circuit clerk for the 22nd Judicial Court.

Saturday, 12 October 2013 09:35
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri education officials say it's in the best interest of students transferring from unaccredited to accredited school districts to do so at the beginning of the school year.

But the Missouri Department of Education said in its latest guidance to schools that if there are extenuating circumstances, receiving districts should consider transfers at the semester based on available room.

Two unaccredited St. Louis County districts are now subject to the transfer law. Figures reported at the start of the school year indicate 1,451 transferred from Riverview Gardens and 1,189 students left Normandy.

So far, no transfers are happening in Kansas City because of a pending court case. After faring well on a school performance report, the Kansas City district is seeking to regain accreditation before it's subject to the law.

Saturday, 12 October 2013 09:34
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon's administration is working on a proposal that could allow national parks to reopen in Missouri with help from the state.

Nixon said Friday that Missouri's proposal would specifically include plans to reopen the Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park in southern Missouri.

He described the parks as "national treasures" that draw millions of visitors and "generate significant economic activity" for Missouri.

National parks have been closed because of the federal budget stalemate in Washington that has resulted in a partial government shutdown.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama's administration said it would allow parks to reopen if states are willing to pay the costs.

Utah and Colorado already have struck deals to re-open some of the national parks.

Saturday, 12 October 2013 09:32
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Four more potential victims came to police today, saying they had sex with 22-year-old Michael Johnson, who is accused of knowingly spreading HIV.

Johnson was charged on Thursday for recklessly risking infection of another with HIV--a charge that carries a 30 year prison term if he is convicted. Johnson was a member of the Lindenwood University wrestling team who learned his HIV-positive status in January. Prosecutors say he then engaged in sexual activity with at least one victim without disclosing the diagnosis. Court documents say the victim contracted HIV from Johnson.

The St. Charles Police Department is asking any other individuals who may have been in an intimate relationship with Johnson to contact the Detective Bureau at (636) 949-3320.

 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn slashed lawmakers' salaries because he wasn't happy with their inaction on Illinois' pension crisis. But these days the only elected official working without pay is Quinn himself.

A judge told the Chicago Democrat it's unconstitutional to hold back legislators' salaries. But Quinn also gave up his own paycheck and still vows not to collect it until the pension crisis is solved. So three checks totaling about $44,000 await Quinn at the state comptroller's office.

Some Republicans challenging Quinn's 2014 re-election bid call it a populist stunt. But his supporters say he's as frugal as he's always boasted and is probably faring just fine.

But things could get tight for him if the committee charged with proposing a solution to the pension crisis doesn't come through soon.

 
Friday, 11 October 2013 15:26
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis lawyer who has worked as an assistant Missouri attorney general as well as the city's Circuit Court clerk has been appointed as city license collector.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday announced the appointment of Mavis T. Thompson. She succeeds Michael McMillan, who resigned.

Thompson is a University of Missouri law school graduate who serves on the state's Division of Employment Security Appeals Tribunal. She has also worked as a city attorney for Berkeley and Wellston and as circuit clerk for the 22nd Judicial Court.

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