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CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has dismissed civil action by a Chicago law firm and scolded attorneys for what she describes as an improper filing on behalf of a relative of a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
 
In a step toward a full-fledged lawsuit, Ribbeck Law Chartered asked a Cook County court last week to order Malaysia Airlines and Chicago-based Boeing Co. to turn over documents related to the plane's disappearance.
 
Judge Kathy Flanagan dismissed the request in a ruling Friday, saying it didn't conform to Illinois law.
 
She has tossed similar filings by Ribbeck in two other airplane crashes and warned the firm it could face "sanctions" if it happens again.
 
Ribbeck spokesman Mervin Mateo says the firm still planned a full lawsuit if and when plane wreckage is found.
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:34
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Missouri law enforcement officials have changed their tactics in the war on meth. New figures show that the changes are having an effect.

 

In 2013, for the first time in a decade, Missouri did not lead the nation in meth busts. The Show-Me state dropped to number 3 behind Indiana and Tennessee. The Post-Dispatch reports that changes in enforcement approaches and new laws may have caused the statistics to drop. The Jefferson County drug task force says they focused on making larger-scale labs.

 

Earlier in March, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported a seizure of 95 meth labs just outside Mountain Grove, Missouri. The drug raid was believed to be a record for a single seizure in Missouri.

Monday, 31 March 2014 13:54
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EUREKA, Mo. (AP) - Matt Bozdech of suburban St. Louis wants to play field hockey, but that's a problem in Missouri. It's a girls-only sport.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Matt's parents have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging discrimination. The agency is investigating.
 
Matt is a 15-year-old student at Eureka High School in the Rockwood School District. His complaint is the flip side of the debate over Title IX, the 1972 law that bars gender discrimination in school programs. The program has erased the novelty of girls sports and led to fewer raised eyebrows when a girl tries to play a sport traditionally for boys like football or wrestling.
 
But a boy trying to play on a girls team is still viewed differently.
Monday, 31 March 2014 13:35
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a 28-year-old man found dead inside a Camaro was trying to buy drugs.
 
The victim was identified Monday as James Turman. He was found shot to death in the passenger seat of the car Sunday afternoon in north St. Louis. He had been shot several times.
 
The gunman ran away and not arrests have been made.
Monday, 31 March 2014 13:30
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The temperatures may be moderating, but heating bills from this past winter remain high for many Ameren Illinois customers.  
With that in mind, the utility is offering customers in Madison and St. Clair counties an opportunity on Monday (March 31) to make payment arrangements.
 
Customers can get back on track with as little as 10 percent down. They can also set up budget billing, which sets monthly payments based on customers average usage over 12 months.
 
Customers need to bring their ID, Ameren bill and proof of income to the event.  The event is at East St. Louis City Hall. It starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Several energy assistance agencies will at the event.
Monday, 31 March 2014 09:46
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Three articles of impeachment against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon are now in a state House committee.
Republican lawmakers have raised several complaints against the Democratic governor.
 
One article seeks to impeach Nixon over an executive order directing state tax officials to accept joint returns from same-sex couples who married legally in other states.
 
Another asserts Nixon did not move fast enough to call special elections for vacant legislative seats.
The third complains there was insufficient punishment of officials involved in a dispute over the handling of concealed gun permits.
 
The articles of impeachment have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Monday, 31 March 2014 09:34
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Traffic delays are just around the corner for those who travel the Chesterfield Valley.  
 
MoDOT is closing the Chesterfield Parkway West bridge near the Chesterfield Mall and City Hall at midnight Tuesday.  It will remain closed for the next four months while crews remove and replace it.
 
More closures are scheduled for Friday night when crews will shut down Highway 64/40 completely in the Chesterfield Valley to take down not only the Chesterfield Parkway West bridge, but also the old Chesterfield Airport Road bridge.
 
The complete Highway 64/40 closure will last all next weekend. All lanes should reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 7. 
Monday, 31 March 2014 09:09
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Average retail gasoline prices in St. Louis have risen 3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47 per gallon on Sunday.
This is according to GasBuddy.com's daily survey of nearly 1,000 gas outlets in St. Louis.
This compares with the national average that has increased 2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53 per gallon. 
 
Including the change in gas prices in St. Louis during the past week, prices yesterday were 22 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
 
The national average has increased 9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 
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   Police aren't releasing many details about a man found shot to death in north St. Louis Sunday afternoon.

   Homicide Detectives were called to the 8900 block of Riverview Boulevard after a man was found dead in a car.  Police say the man had been shot multiple times, but haven't identified the victim.  

   The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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