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   Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says his office will audit the state agency assigned to protect the environment and public health from hazardous waste.  

   The announcement follows reports of problems with oversight at the cleanup of the former Carondelet Coke site in St. Louis.   A St. Louis Post-Dispatch report says that clean up cost taxpayers more than $12 million. while former owners Laclede Gas and SGL Group were paying less than a million dollars combined and Carondelet Coke owner J. Donald Crane was getting off the hook entirely.  The 42 acre site had been considered one of the most contaminated in the state.

   Schweich announced the audit of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hazardous Waste Program Friday morning.  State law gives the auditor the authority to audit state agencies and programs.

   Anyone who would like to provide information during the audit process is encouraged to contact the State Auditor's office at 800-347-8597 or by email at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov.

Friday, 05 April 2013 10:20
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   Cuts in the classroom are coming to the East St. Louis School District. Teachers layoffs were announced  during Thursday night's packed school board meeting.  

   In all, 69 teachers in District 189 will lose their jobs.  Five elementary school principals and two middle school principals will also be cut.  

   East St. Louis is just the latest in a long list of metro-east school districts forced to make the cuts because of state and local budget issues.

Friday, 05 April 2013 09:43
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   A Jennings woman is in serious but stable condition after she crashed her car into a north city apartment building Thursday night. It happened just before midnight at Martin Luther King and Burd.

   The crash punched a hole in the Arlington Grove Jeffery L. Boyd building. Crews spent most of Friday morning cleaning up the mess.  

   St.Louis police say the 33 year old woman had been speeding, blowing through two stop signs along Dr. King,  before swerving to avoid a stopped car.  That's when she lost control, hit two stop signs, a light pole and a metal trash can before crashing into the building.

   Police say no one inside the building was hurt.

Friday, 05 April 2013 08:28
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   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Clinton Global Initiative University gets under way Friday in St. Louis with former President Bill Clinton leading a discussion on the challenges young entrepreneurs and innovators face in launching a new business.

   The president's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, is scheduled to speak at the session. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who grew up in St. Louis, is part of the panel.

   More than 1,000 university students from 75 countries and all 50 states are participating in the weekend of events at Washington University. The goal is to develop practical and innovative solutions to the world's problems.

   Previous Clinton Global Initiative conferences have taken place at George Washington University, Tulane University, the University of Texas, the University of Miami, and the University of California, San Diego.

 
Friday, 05 April 2013 08:24
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   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville in southern Illinois is pairing its parishes so they can be served by one priest.

   According to a plan released Thursday, the move will mean no parish in the diocese will be closed anytime soon.

   Diocese spokesman Monsignor John Myler says the plan encourages the parishes to prepare for a time when only 50 priests will be available to pastor. He says parishes have been instructed to begin working jointly immediately.

   Myler says the parishes are to implement the pastoral plan in a dynamic, flexible, gradual manner. He says if two or more parishes decide it is better to close a church building, it would be a decision of those parishes.

   The diocese covers the 28 southernmost Illinois counties and includes 121 parishes.

 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has approved legislation intended to restrict use of aircraft for surveillance of people, farms and homes.

 

   Law enforcement officials could use manned aircraft or unmanned aerial drones to gather evidence if they have a warrant or to prevent immediate danger. Journalists and news organizations would be barred from using unmanned aircraft for surveillance unless they have permission from the property owner.

 

   Thursday's 87-66 House vote sends the bill to the Senate.

 

   Supporters say the legislation seeks to protect privacy rights and prevent unwanted surveillance. Opponents said Thursday that the measure could hamper law enforcement.

 
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Police a looking for a suspicious vehicle that a 14-year-girl says followed her for several blocks after school Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at Pontiac School in Fairview Heights. The girl reported seeing 4 or 5 black males inside a red Dodge Magnum Wagon or a similar style vehicle. She says one of occupants asked her to get inside, and when she when declined, the SUV continued to follow her. One of the males reportedly tried getting out of the SUV when the girl started running. Anyone with information on the vehicle or the incident is asked to call the Fairview Heights police department. 

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Less than two weeks ago, the region was hit with a foot of snow. This weekend highs in the 70's are expected. What does the weather roller coast bring next? 

 

The Climate Predication Center forecasts a pretty standard April for St. Louis, with what they call an equal chance for precipitation. Julie Phillipson with the National Weather Service tells KTRS News, that means there is an even chance for more, less, or average amounts of rainfall, but it doesn't rule out severe weather.

 

"It is Spring an generally during the spring, especially in this part of the country, we do see a rise in thunderstorms climatologically, so we will be seeing those more and more often as we move further into the spring months", says Phillipson.

 

Rain and storms are expected to move into the area late this weekend and stick around through early next week.

 

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   A South County man is in custody after an eight hour standoff with police that had included a SWAT team.

   It started Thursday afternoon around 4:00 when a man barricaded himself in his Sunset Hills home on Old Gravois Road.  

   A police tactical unit was called in.

   Sunset Hills Police police believe the issue that set the man off was a domestic dispute.

   The man finally surrendered without incident around 12:15 Friday morning.  His name hasn't been released. 

 

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The Sigma Alpha Eplison fraternity chapter at Washington University has been reinstated.

 

SAE was suspended in February after pledges were allegedly involved in a racist stunt on campus. The university newspaper reported that pledges were given a scavenger hunt and during the activity a group of pledges recited racist rap lyrics to a group of black students.

 

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