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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has endorsed a measure, known as "right to work," that would bar labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees.
The House Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee also voted on Monday to advance legislation that would change how unions can collect fees.
It would require unions to get annual written authorization to collect fees that are automatically deducted from a worker's paycheck.
If they clear the Legislature, both measures would go on a statewide ballot. The Republican sponsors say sending the bills to voters would get around a likely veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
"Right to work" is a top priority of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka.
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:28
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Homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating the death of a young child.

 

Emergency crews were called to a north St. Louis home around 3:30 this morning on reports that a one-year-old girl was having health problems. When paramedics arrived the girl had no heart beat and was not breathing. They performed CPR and transported her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

 

Investigators are still at the home, but no further details have been released.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:28
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   Those who wanted to see two former Cardinals sluggers duke it out in court may be disappointed.  Albert Pujols had sued Jack Clark over allegations of performance-enhancing drug use.  
   Monday evening, Clark publicly retracted his comments and apologized.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Pujols followed shortly by accepting Clark's apology and plans to drop the lawsuit.
   “I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and reconfirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement he released and that was provided to the Post-Dispatch.  “I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke, and for that I sincerely apologize.”
   The Post-Dispatch published the following statement by Pujols in response to Clark’s apology: “I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name.”
    Both Jack Clark and radio co-host Kevin Slaten were fired by station WGNU after Clark called Pujols "a juicer" on-air and claimed that a former Pujols trainer had told him the trainer had injected Pujols with PEDs.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:50
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   Police are hoping video surveillance cameras at nearby businesses will help lead them to the person who ran down a Kirkwood man late Sunday night, and kept going.  
   Police say 50 year old Joe Auffenberg was unconscious when rescue crews found him lying in the road in the 400 block of North Kirkwood Road, just south of Bodley Avenue.  He was rushed to the hospital, but died anyway.  
   Auffenberg's friends tell Fox 2 News he was a kind, caring man who shouldn't have been left to die in the street.  
   Now his friends and police are asking for the public's help to catch his killer. Anyone with information is asked to call Kirkwood Police 314-822-5858 or CrimeStoppers at 314-361-TIPS.
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:42
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   Former St. Louis corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield says his termination in 2012 was racially motivated.  On Monday, he filed an employment discrimination complaint in federal court under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  

   Mayor Francis Slay had removed Stubblefield from his post in 2011 after a series of jailbreaks and financial trouble in the corrections department.

   St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson had been the mayor's operations director at that time.  He investigated the management at the jail and reported several problems.  

   The city's Civil Service Commission upheld Stubblefield's firing the next year.  

   Stubblefield claims he was wrongly accused and says white city employees haven't been fired for similar misconduct.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:37
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   A new system for summoning jurors in the City of St. Louis is leaving some people out in the cold.  
   The St. Louis Circuit Court moved last year to a jury summoning system run by the Office of State Courts Administrator.  
   Jury Supervisor Joanne Martin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the new system isn't able to handle the workload in St. Louis, which uses more jurors than any other circuit in the state.  Martin told the paper that the rate of juror response has dropped to about 25 percent, from 45 percent, since the switch.  So they began summoning more people.  
   Martin says that helped, but yesterday, when the court needed 450 jurors, 750 showed up.  The extra 300 people caused a log jam that forced jurors to line up outside the courthouse for 15 minutes or more in near-zero temperatures.  
   The court is working with OSCA to resolve the issues with the system.
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:29
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   Fire investigators still aren't sure what sparked an early morning home fire Monday that killed two Berkeley children and injured their parents.  
   Authorities say Stephen and Cheronna Towns escaped their burning home with their eight month old daughter by climbing out a bedroom window.  The couple was unable to reach their two young sons, 4 year old Stephen Junior and 3 year old Isiah.  Both boys died.  Their parents are hospitalized with burns and other injuries.  The baby wasn't hurt.  
   Stephen Towns is half of the gospel hip hop duo, Forever.  Because of his love of music, friends are organizing a benefit concert for the family.  In the mean time, they've set up an online fundraiser at  https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9hG5b 
 
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:12
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Police looking for a suspect in a credit union robbery.

 

The St. Louis Community Credit Union in the 4400 block of Chippewa was robbed just after noon today. Police say a suspect demanded money from. He told the teller not to look at him or he would shoot the teller in the face. 

 

If you have any information on the suspect, call CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS (8477).

Monday, 10 February 2014 17:24
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Archdiocese of St. Louis has turned over names of priests accused of sexually abusing minors over a 20-year period, though the names will not be made public.
 
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last week that the archdiocese must release the names of more than 100 church employees accused of abuse. The list is under seal and available only to the judge who granted the order and attorneys involved in litigation.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that the names were turned over, but said it was unclear how many names were released.
 
The disclosure is part of 2011 lawsuit filed on behalf of a then-19-year-old woman who claimed abuse by since-defrocked Rev. Joseph Ross, starting when she was 5 at St. Cronan's parish.
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:16
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway says she is running for Missouri governor in 2016.
 
Hanaway's announcement Monday makes her the first Republican to enter the race. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has been building a gubernatorial campaign since last year.
 
The office will be open because Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
 
Hanaway is a former state lawmaker from St. Louis County who in 2003 became the first women to serve as Missouri House speaker after helping Republicans win a majority in the chamber.
 
She lost a bid for secretary of state in 2004 but was appointed the next year by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. attorney for the eastern Missouri. She held that position until April 2009.
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