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A head-on collision in Godfrey, Illinois Friday, left two people dead. The accident happened just before 2PM.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office say two vehicles collided in the southbound lane of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:39
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CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's still unsure whether various gun-control proposals making their way through Congress should be introduced separately for votes or all bundled into one big bill.

The Illinois Democrat spoke at a news conference in Chicago Friday to promote one bill that would crack down on so-called straw purchasing -- where someone buys guns and sells them to others not authorized to buy weapons. It was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Durbin appeared with the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teenager who was fatally shot days after performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

The bill approved Thursday by the judiciary committee has been named for Hadiya (hy-DEE'-uh) Pendleton. Durbin says it may have more bipartisan support than other separate proposals.
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:38
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The Braggin' Rights baseball game is heading back to Busch Stadium this spring.

The game pits U of I against Mizzou. The game is April 2. Tickets are $15 and come with $5 of Cards cash on each ticket.

You can buy tickets at cardinals.com of the Busch Stadium Box office.
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:23
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois prosecutor says a sheriff's deputy was justified in fatally shooting an armed man during a confrontation two months ago.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says the deputy's actions involving 51-year-old Barry Cloninger outside the man's rural Edwardsville home in January were reasonable.

Gibbons says neighbors had called authorities to report the odor of lighter fluid in their home and snowy footprints on their roof, which is easily accessible because the home is built into a hillside. The residents have a wood-burning stove and suspected someone poured the flammable liquid down their chimney.

Gibbons says deputies went to question Cloninger, who refused demands that he drop the shotgun he carried. After being shot by the deputy, Cloninger's body was found behind the home.
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:19
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A technical problem triggered an alarm at Lambert Airport this morning.

Sirens started sounding around nine this morning and some people started to evacuate the airport. Within ten minutes the alarms were silenced. The alert had been triggered because of a glitch in the system.
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:15
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Metro has completed a major project on the UMSL campus.

The ten million dollar project at the UMSL South MetroLink Station is designed to minimize delays along the line. It should also decrease the need for maintenance. 85 percent of the cost of the project was covered by federal stimulus funds.
Friday, 08 March 2013 14:58
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As part of his ongoing efforts to protect Missourians from home repair scams, Missouri Attorney General Koster today filed a lawsuit against a home-repair business for violating both Missouri’s Merchandising Practices and no-call laws.

Koster filed suit against All Seasons Contracting; its owner, Carol Richard; and its manager, Brandi Sampson.

Koster alleges that after a series of strong storms hit the St. Louis area in the spring of 2012, the defendants sent salesmen door-to-door offering homeowners free inspections and quotes for repairs, and offering to help homeowners file claims with their insurance companies.

The suit alleges the defendants took at least $37,000 as down payments from six homeowners, promising that work would begin within weeks.

The total amount, once all consumers are known, could be much more. A year later, the defendants have refused to begin any of the work or provide refunds to their victims. “Too often we see cases where home-repair businesses require up-front payments, and then fail to do the work,” Koster said. “We will continue to pursue these sham home-repair businesses to seek restitution for the customers they cheated and to protect future consumers from being victimized.”

The lawsuit also takes aim at All Seasons Contracting for allegedly making dozens of unlawful and unsolicited telemarketing calls to Missourians on the no-call list. Koster is seeking full restitution for all victims and an order from the court preventing the defendants from advertising or engaging in any home-repair services in the state of Missouri. Additionally, Koster is asking the court to impose a fine of up to $5,000 per unlawful telemarketing call made by the defendants.

Koster said consumers who contracted with All Seasons Contracting and have not received services as promised should contact his Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or file a complaint online at ago.mo.gov. Consumers should also file complaints against any other home repair business that has not provided promised services.

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9, Attorney General Chris Koster warns consumers to beware of home repair and contractor-related scams, noting: Disreputable contractors often solicit work door-to-door or through telemarketing; These sham contractors often are not established in the area, but rather swoop in after a storm or other natural disaster;

T hese contractors offer to do work such as blacktopping driveways, installing lightning rods, painting, roofing and siding. Their work and materials are inferior. The cost of the job may rise considerably after the work is performed and the consumer may be intimidated into paying the increase;

As alleged in the All Seasons lawsuit, the contractor may not do the work at all. Attorney General Koster provides consumers with the following red flags and tips with regard to contractor fraud: Red flags · Contractors who appear uninvited at your doorstep or who call or email you out of the blue. · The contractor says he is doing work in your neighborhood and claims he has “extra material” left over. · The contractor pressures you to make a decision and sign a contract for the work immediately. · The contractor offers a “special deal” available “today only.” · The contractor points out a problem with your home that you never noticed yourself before. Some unscrupulous scam artist have been known to offer “free” inspections and then break something on purpose so they can be paid to “fix” the problem. · The contractor lacks identification, such as a permit from the city or county. Tips to prevent becoming a victim of contractor scams: · Get multiple estimates on any home-repair job before signing a contract. · Check out the contractor’s references and visit the site in the reference to check out the quality of the work. · Check for complaints with the Attorney General’s Office or the Better Business Bureau. · Never pay in full up-front, especially if cash is the only payment accepted. · Make sure the contractor is insured and bonded. · Document in writing the scope of the work to be done, the complete cost of the work, the time necessary to complete the job, and how payment will be handled.
Friday, 08 March 2013 09:47
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The Cardinals have signed right-handed hitter Allen Craig to a new 5-year deal through 2017 with a club option for 2018. The 27-year-old slugger is in third year with the Cardinals. Craig hit 22 home runs last season with 92 RBI. He's used primarily as a first baseman and outfielder.
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois martial arts instructor is facing more federal felonies alleging that he sexually abused several students, including a 6-year-old. A federal grand jury in East St. Louis has returned a six-count indictment against 20-year-old Christopher Horton of Highland. He's now charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. Horton had faced just two federal sexual-exploitation counts, as well as nine state charges. Federal prosecutors say that between May of last year and last month in Madison and St. Clair counties, Horton video-recorded himself in sexual activity with three children. Horton taught at Three Tigers Martial Arts in Belleville and is jailed without bond. A message was left Friday with Horton's federal public defender, Thomas Gabel.
Friday, 08 March 2013 09:24
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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A hearing for a northeast Missouri man charged with killing and dismembering his neighbor was delayed when the defendant could not attend the proceeding. The hearing for 49-year-old Paul R. Potter of Kirksville was continued Thursday until April 12. Potter faces first-degree murder and other charges in the January death of 74-year-old Willis Edward Meredith. Prosecutors say Potter stabbed Meredith, dismembered his body and set fires to conceal the crime. He also allegedly threw the victim's arms at witnesses shortly before he was arrested. The Kirksville Daily Express reports (http://bit.ly/10gMZRF ) prosecutors wanted Potter to attend the hearing. But his attorney, Kevin Locke, said Potter was not in condition to make an unplanned appearance at the hearing and the judge agreed to continue it.
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