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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving impaired when he caused a 2012 wreck that killed a highway construction worker.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 36-year-old Michael Jeter of West Frankfort pleaded guilty Monday in St. Clair County to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
 
Authorities have said Jeter was on the sleep aid Ambien and an antihistamine at the time of the May 2012 wreck on Interstate 64.
 
Authorities say the crash killed 38-year-old contract worker Dennis Beard of Pocahontas and injured three others who were waiting in the median to paint stripes on the freeway.
 
Jeter's sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 4.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are debating an expansion of a college scholarship for top students that is designed to keep more of them in the state after graduation.
 
A proposal under consideration would add a forgivable loan component to the Bright Flight program. Each year a student works in Missouri after school would count toward one year of loan forgiveness. Leaving before the loan is repaid would require repaying the loan with interest.
 
Money for the new program was included in the House budget plan, but the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled this week to consider whether the funding should remain. Lawmakers have until May 9 to pass all budget bills.
 
 Legislation to enact the loan program was passed by the House and debated in the Senate last week.

Judge orders Lyft to stop service in St. Louis

Monday, 21 April 2014 14:26 Published in Local News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Operations by the ridesharing service Lyft, are at a standstill.

 

A judge issued a restraining order prohibiting Lyft drivers from picking up passengers. The St. Louis Taxi Commission says drivers for the company are not properly licensed. Lyft says that they put prospective drivers through a driving test and background check.

 

Lyft's service in St. Louis just started on Friday evening at 7 PM. The next hearing is set for May 6.

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