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 BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - St. Clair County officials say they've reached a tentative contract with emergency dispatchers after years of negotiations.
The Belleville News-Dispatch reports the contract was approved by the southwestern Illinois county and runs through 2014.
Negotiations first began in 2011, but became contentious about how on-the-job experience was counted for work at a 911 answering service at the county sheriff's department.
The deal includes retroactive pay increases for 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well as an increase for 2014. Employees who leave their posts within three years of being hired will have to reimburse the county for a portion of their training expenses.
The previous contract for the dispatchers expired in January 2012.
 
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The widow of former men's basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour has established a scholarship fund in his honor at Missouri State University.
Spoonhour was head coach at the school in Springfield from 1983 to 1992 before moving to Saint Louis University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He died in February 2012.
His widow, Vicki Spoonhour, said she created the fund for the university's men's program because the school gave her husband his first Division I coaching job and the couple made many friends in Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports she declined to say how much she donated.
Spoonhour compiled a 197-81 record at Missouri State, which was then known as Southwest Missouri State, while leading the Bears to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Friends of a slain University of Missouri-Columbia student have raised more than $5,000 to help his family and create a scholarship fund.
The Columbia Missourian reports part of the money has gone to the family of 21-year-old Jarrett Mosby for immediate expenses. The rest will establish an ongoing college fund that will benefit Mosby's 6-year-old son, Jarrett Mosby Jr., and later help other African-American men attend college.
Mosby, of Collinsville, Ill., found shot to death Dec. 23 in a car in the village of Madison, Ill. He was five months from graduating as a business major and was in the area during the university's winter break to visit his son.
A 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody Monday and charged with first-degree murder.
 

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