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   St. Louis County may need to pay more for police salaries in order to keep key personnel from leaving.  That's according to Chief Jon Belmar, who presented a draft compensation study to the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday.  

   The study compared the wages paid to county police personnel with the paychecks delivered to employees of a sample of area departments as well as similarly sized agencies across the country.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the study shows the median pay for police in St. Louis County is $45,500 while the median salaries for other police in the study was $60,000.  Chief Belmar tells the paper the pay disparity is already costing the department officers.

   This isn't a new issue for the county.  Former Police Chief Tim Fitch had proposed the formation of a special taxing district to help bridge the pay gap.  

   The board is expected to revisit the issue next month in advance of the county's 2015 budget-planning process which begins in May.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 03:37
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   A Winfield man is dead after a crossover accident on Highway 79 Wednesday afternoon.  

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that 30 year old Samantha Russo lost control of her northbound car,  sideswiped another northbound car and then cross into oncoming traffic.  Russo's car struck a pickup truck head-on.  

   The pickup driver, 48 year old Dennis Stevens was killed.  Russo was taken to Mercy Hospital in serious condition.  The other northbound driver wasn't hurt.  

   The accident shut down Highway 79 for most of the afternoon.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:53
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   St. Louis Police believe the south city home where a seven-year-old child was shot and killed Wednesday night was intentionally targeted.  It happened about 9 p.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Tholozan.  

   Police Chief Sam Dotson says the shooter climbed onto a window sill and fired eight-to-ten shots into the single-story home, striking the child in the head as he sat at a computer.  

   Three adults, two teenagers and a four-year-old were also inside the home, but none of them was hurt.  

   Police are questioning one of the teenagers who'd been the victim of an earlier shooting, but stress that they have no suspects yet.  

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   An 85 year oldChesterfield man who was the subject of an Endangered SILVER Advisory is safe. Chesterfield police say Walter Zorica was found alive and well early this morning.  
   Police had issued the advisory late yesterday after Zorica seemed to disappear while driving from Chesterfield to O'Fallon, Missouri.  There's no word on where Zorica had been since leaving Chesterfield around 2 p.m.
   Relatives have been concerned because Zorica, who's diabetic, had missed several doses of medication.
 
 
 
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A suspect is in custody after the body of a woman was found just a few blocks away from the Edward Jones Dome.

 

Police say the woman was beaten to death and have a male suspect in custody. St. Louis homicide detectives are currently investigating this case. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A high-tech apprentice program envisioned as a career-boosting alternative to the four-year college degree is expanding to St. Louis.
 
New York-based Enstitute hopes to match 100 students with mentors from the local business community, with an emphasis on one- and two-year jobs in science, technology and digital media. The nonprofit says 90 percent of its New York participants either landed full-time jobs or started their own companies.
 
The company’s founders are pitching their project Wednesday to local business leaders, accompanied by a dozen venture capitalists in town for the Invest Midwest conference. Its boosters include Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark, who serves on Enstitute’s board of directors.
 
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:51
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SPRINGFIELD, MO (AP) – A Missouri judge says prosecutors don’t have to provide evidence before the preliminary hearing for a 46-year-old man accused of killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl.
 
Craig Michael Wood faces first-degree murder charges in the Feb. 18 death of Hailey Owens, who was killed after being abducted in her neighborhood. Wood, a middle-school football coach, attended the hearing Wednesday in Greene County court. Wood is being held without bond.
 
The Springfield News-Leader reports Judge Mark Powell on Wednesday overruled a defense motion to have the prosecution produce evidence before Wood’s preliminary hearing, which has been rescheduled for April 24.
 
The judge also said he would take under advisement an objection by Wood’s public defender to having television cameras in the courtroom for future hearings on the case.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - About a thousand Missouri union members rallied at the state Capitol to combat legislation that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees.
 
The proposal is a top priority of House Republican leaders who say the so-called right to work bill is necessary for the state to compete for jobs.
 
But Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon disagreed while speaking at Wednesday's rally and said he would veto the bill. He called it "unnecessary and misguided," and vowed to fight the proposal if the Legislature decides to put it on the 2014 ballot.
 
The rally is an annual event sponsored by the Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council. Rally attendees said it's important to talk with lawmakers about the impact of legislation affecting union membership.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:32
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SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Legislation that would allow minors and those with epilepsy to use medical cannabis in Illinois is one step closer to law.
 
A Senate committee passed the proposal on Tuesday without opposition.
 
State Sen. Iris Martinez is sponsoring the measure. The Democrat from Chicago says using medical marijuana improves the quality of life for minors suffering from epilepsy.
 
Supporters say consuming oil from the marijuana plant reduces seizures and doesn’t get children high. They say traditional epilepsy medicines are addictive and leave children feeling “stoned.”
 
Opponents say they’re against any measure legalizing marijuana use because it violates federal law. They also say legalizing marijuana for minors contradicts drug prevention programs.
 
The measure amending Illinois’ four-year medical cannabis pilot program now moves to the Senate floor.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for a "rainy day fund" in the Illinois state budget.
 
The Democratic governor made the proposal in his annual budget address Wednesday.
 
He says officials "need to build our reserves to protect taxpayers in the event of an economic downturn or an emergency down the road."
 
It's part of what Quinn says is a plan to provide "stability" in the long-term budget. He also called for "solid spending caps" to ensure the state doesn't defer its financial obligation.
 
He did not say how much money should be reserved in the rainy day fund.
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