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St. Louis County residents were startled when the severe weather sirens started sounding Tuesday afternoon.

 

Around 2:30 the sirens went off. The St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management says the sirens went off due to human error. They also say that the sirens are now functioning properly. 

 

The Office sent out the following tweets, explaining the situation:

 

Siren activation at 14:35 today was in error. System is functioning properly

 

Slightly more detail: The sirens were accidentally manually activated during routine maintenance

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:52
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Frances Levine is the new president of the Missouri History Museum.

 

The museum made the announcement today. Levine was the director of the New Mexico History Museum. Levine will receive annual compensation worth $260,000.

 

The Missouri History Museum’s previous president, Dr. Robert Archibald, stepped down in December 2012.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:45
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Some good news after a rough morning commute: MoDOT has opened many lanes on I-55 near Bayless.

 

The highway was closed for more than six hours after a collision between a tanker truck and a MoDOT plow. Authorities say the crash caused a fuel leak. Emergency responders used sandbags to keep the fuel from reaching a nearby creek. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:36
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether making nonunion home health care workers in Illinois pay "fair-share" union fees is an unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights. The case could have major implications for public service unions.
 
The justices heard arguments Tuesday from lawyers for Illinois homecare personal assistants who don't want to be affiliated with a union. In Illinois, nonunion home health care workers have to pay "fair share fees" to compensate the union for its work for all of the workers. Those workers sued, saying that the fees violate the First Amendment by compelling them to associate with the union.
 
Lower courts have thrown out the lawsuit. If the high court agrees it would make it more difficult for unions to collect money for their work.
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