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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Department of Transportation worker has been honored for saving a woman from a burning home while he was plowing snow last month.
The state Highways and Transportation Commission says Micah Lasley was plowing in the central Missouri town of Calwood on Feb. 10 when he saw an elderly man standing in a front yard.
 
Lasley stopped and the man said his wife still was inside their burning home. Lasley went inside, carried the woman out and called 911.
The state commission presented Lasley its Meritorious Safety Award on Wednesday. Officials say they learned of the situation when the couple's niece reported Lasley's action to MoDOT.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:48
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It's official. The University of Missouri Board of Curators has approved the contract extension for Tigers head football coach Gary Pinkel.
The new deal calls for a $300-thousand a year raise for Pinkel, who is now guaranteed a salary of $3.1 million per year, up from $2.8 million in 2013.
The coaching staff will also receive a boost in salary.  
 
The Tigers are coming off a 12-and-2 season, winning the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and reaching the SEC Championship Game in the team's second season in the league.  
Mizzou earned a trip to the Cotton Bowl, beating the Oklahoma State Cowboys and finishing the season ranked fifth in the nation.  
Pinkel is the winningest coach in Missouri history, with a record of 102-and-63 in 13 seasons.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:43
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A national environmental group is suing a St. Louis-based utility, claiming thousands of violations of federal clean air laws.
 
   The Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit against the Ameren Corporation Wednesday in St. Louis. The complaint seeks to compel Ameren to reduce pollution at three Missouri power plants and asks the court to levy financial penalties for past violations.
 
   The lawsuit says Ameren's own testing shows nearly 10,000 violations since 2009 at the utility's Meramec power plant in St. Louis County, the Rush Island plant in Jefferson County, and the Labadie (LA-buh-dee) plant in Franklin County.
 
   Ameren's vice president of environmental services, Mike Menne, says the suit has no merit. He says a federal court in Texas recently rejected a similar case filed by the Sierra Club.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 17:11
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A woman is in custody for a second time connected to a fatal hit and run accident in Chesterfield last month.

 

Yelena Pelts was first arrested of February 18, but released as police continued to investigate. Wednesday she was arrested again and is facing felony charges. Police say Pelts was driving on Olive near Highway 141 on February 11, when she hit and killed Roy Joseph.

 

Pelts is now held on a $10,000 bond. 

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 17:07
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CHICAGO (AP) - Some county clerks say they won't rush to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples just because Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told them they can.
 
The state's new gay marriage law takes effect June 1. But Madigan said this week that licenses can be issued now.
 
About a dozen clerks tell The Associated Press they are waiting. They say they don't want to open themselves up to lawsuits and want to protect the couples from legal challenges.
 
Macon County Clerk Stephen Bean says he hopes to start issuing licenses as early as Friday. But he says he will tell the couples they could face legal challenges to their marriages.
 
Clerks in Cook and Champaign counties have decided to go ahead after a court ruled Cook County could do so.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:22
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new budget plan in the Missouri House would make millions of dollars for public schools and universities contingent upon a strong economy.
 
A proposal outlined Wednesday by House Budget Chairman Rick Stream would provide a $122 million increase in basic aid for public school districts. That's based on revenue projections agreed to by Republican House and Senate leaders.
 
Stream's budget would provide an additional $156 million funding increase for schools only if the state meets more optimistic revenue projections cited by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
 
Stream's budget also provides a smaller increase than Nixon had proposed for the operating budgets of public colleges and universities. He instead proposes tens of millions of dollars for university construction projects, some of which again would be contingent on meeting Nixon's revenue projections.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:09
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Few people are being fined or facing jail time for marijuana violations since St. Louis changed its law last summer.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 127 people have been charged under a new city ordinance that reduced penalties for those caught with small amounts of marijuana. Just one person who pleaded guilty to a possession charge has been fined under the new ordinance.
 
Of cases that reached disposition, many resulted in suspended sentences.
 
The biggest proponent of the change, Alderman Shane Cohn, says the intent was to free up police and prosecutors to focus on more serious crimes while also lessening penalties and helping offenders avoid costs associated with cases that go to state court.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:08
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - UPDATE at 1:58 PM: Chesterfield Police say missing Brendon Jette was found in the area of Clarkson and Highway 40

 

EARLIER:Police in West St. Louis County are hoping the public has information on a missing teen.

 

Brendon Jette was last seen on Tuesday evening at 6. Brendon is 14 years old, he is 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Brendon has brown eyes and brown hair and authorities say he has Asperber's syndrome. Police do not believe there is anything criminal involved.

 

Anyone with information should call the Chesterfield Police at 636-537-3000.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:42
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 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has advanced legislation making it a crime for 911 dispatchers to tip off criminals when law enforcement is nearby. The measure now goes to the Illinois House.
 
State Sen. Dave Koehler is the bill's sponsor. He says the legislation is necessary because in 2010 the Illinois Supreme Court ruled nothing in Illinois law made it illegal for a dispatcher to alert a drug dealer that police were in the area.
 
Koehler is a Peoria Democrat who says the people of Illinois "need to be able to trust the entire law enforcement system."
 In 1998 a dispatcher in the Chicago suburbs was convicted of official misconduct after she tipped off a local drug dealer that police were near his house. The dispatcher appealed.
 
The bill is SB2695.
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