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   Storm spotters play an important role in monitoring the weather around the St. Louis area, especially during the spring storm season.  The National Weather Service is gearing up for spring by offering Storm Spotter training classes across the metro area.  
   The next class is Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Justice Center in St. Peters.  But if you want to be a registered storm spotter and can't make the class, there are 16 others scheduled across the metro area before the end of March.
   The classes are free and open to everyone, but only those who are high school age or older can sign up as a volunteer storm spotter.  Registration isn't required for most classes.  Check the National Weather Service's storm spotter class schedule for more information: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=schedule.
Friday, 07 February 2014 02:14
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A Missouri lawmaker is hoping to start a conversation about legalizing the sale and use of cannabis in Missouri.

 

Democratic Representative Chris Kelly proposed a bill that would impose a 25 percent tax on the sale of marijuana for recreational use. The bill would also set up a licensing system for growers and sellers. Under Kelly's formula, St. Louis County could have 400 pot retailers, and another 127 in St. Louis city. The legislation would allow Missourians to keep up to a pound of cannabis, a pound of hashish and more than a half-gallon of hashish oil. Kelly does not hold out much hope of seeing the bill pass, but hopes to start a conversation.

 

The advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis, filed 13 petitions with the state that call for legalizing marijuana. 

Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:39
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A worrisome new scam warning from the Better Business Bureau.

 

The so-called "one ring" scam exclusively targets cell phone users. Victims will receive a call that rings only once and then ends. If the user tries to call the number back, they are charge a $19.95 international call fee and upwards of 9-dollars a minute during the call. The BBB says the calls appear to come from islands in the Caribbean, but some calls may be domestic.

 

The BBB says anyone who thinks they have been victimized by the scam should notify their carrier immediately in order to have a better chance of having charges removed. 

Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:27
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri School of Journalism is looking for a new dean.
 
The university announced Thursday that its current leader Dean Mills plans to retire in August after 25 years overseeing the nation's first journalism school.
 
Mills will remain with the university as part-time director of a fellowship program at the journalism school's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. The research institute opened a decade ago under Mills' watch.
 
He also presided over a physical expansion of the journalism school and oversaw the relocation of two professional organizations to Columbia, the American Society of News Editors and the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:23
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was "insensitive" when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits.
 
The state senator from Bloomington told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register Wednesday he "didn't take into consideration there are a number of people out there looking for jobs who don't want to be on unemployment."
 
During a GOP gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Naperville Brady said unemployment benefits should be cut. He said Illinois provides out-of-work residents larger and longer benefits than most states.
 
He also said business leaders tell him they have trouble rehiring former workers because they are enjoying collecting unemployment insurance.
 
Brady is seeking the GOP nomination against state Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner, and Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:54
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Women with dense breast tissue would have to be notified about the need for additional screenings at their mammograms under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.
 
The measure was passed 32-0 by senators on Thursday and it now heads to the House. Sponsoring Republican Sen. Dan Brown, of Rolla, says mammograms might not pick up cancer if a woman has dense tissue. He says his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer only after a biopsy was taken after several mammograms turned up negative.
 
Starting in 2015, the bill would require facilities that perform mammograms to notify patients that if they have dense breast tissue that additional tests might be required to detect cancer.
 
Legislature: Mammograms is SB 639
Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:39
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is warning Missourians to be on the lookout for possible price gouging by towing companies.

 

Koster says it is normal to see slightly higher rates during winter storms as the companies try to cover overtime hours. What is not acceptable is when the tow service adds on un-disclosed fees at the end of service. Koster encourages anyone needing a tow to ask for a full estimate before having your vehicle hooked up to the truck.

 

Drivers should also look for tow trucks that have a license from MoDOT--the license should be easily visible on the truck.

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Police in the metro east say they have broken up a suspected three county burglary ring in Illinois after a father came forward and turned in his son.
Fox 2 reports that police have arrested four suspects and are looking for a fifth. Authorities says they were behind nearly 30 home and car break-ins in Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties, from Hollywood Heights area near Caseyville down to Columbia, Illinois, authorities said.
All of the crimes occurred in December and January.
St. Clair County Sheriff, Rick Watson, said the suspects stole hundreds of items, including firearms, worth tens of thousands of dollars. 
Fox2 says 18 year old Tyler Ashcraft, of Caseyville, is the accused ring leader.  Ashcraft’s father alerted police investigators who tied Ashcraft to three home burglaries and 21 car break-ins in Columbia.  
Sheriff Watson says he applauds Ashcraft's father for doing the right thing, especially with the theft of multiple handguns and long guns. 
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