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Heavy rain today (Friday) and continued snow melt are expected to tax local storm water drainage systems. The National Weather Service in St. Louis says streams and creeks in rural areas will rise, but should be able to handle the run-off.  It is municipal sewer systems that could back up.  Ice-clogged sewers could cause localized urban flooding.  

The Metropolitan Sewer District is asking residents to first try and clear some of the snow or debris from the sewer openings before calling them. With 130-thousand inlets to manage, MSD says it is impossible to attend to all of them.  Authorities also remind motorists not to drive on flooded roads.

Friday, 10 January 2014 10:19
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The controversy surrounding the lack of plowing of St. Louis city side streets has pushed the issue front and center following last weekend's snowstorm. In response, not only were plows on the streets overnight, but now city residents are being asked to log-in online to voice their opinion on whether the City should plow residential side streets.

Officials say it is important to collect data because not everyone is in favor of plowing the side streets for fear of getting snowed under.  

The Mayor wants to know more before making wide-sweeping policy changes and urges feedback from residents. More information is available on the city's website at: stlouis-mo.gov. Click on the "Mayor Slay" tab to register your opinion.

Friday, 10 January 2014 09:15
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Buying an older car could become more economical in Missouri.
A state senator filed a bill Thursday that would exempt decade-old cars from sales taxes on the titling of the motor vehicle.
Under the bill, a 2004 model bought in 2014 would be exempted from sales taxes.
The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Parson, of Bolivar. He says that some people can't afford new cars, and that vehicles in service for 10 years have already had taxes paid on them.
It has not yet been referred to a Senate committee
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A burglar who shot an off-duty St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Sgt. Rick Lingard was off-duty and alone in a home on March 22, 2012, when the burglary occurred. Two men who were 19 at the time, Christopher Gales and Montez Thomas, were accused of shooting Lingard during the crime. 
Gales, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty earlier this week in St. Louis County Circuit Court to several charges. He was sentenced Thursday.  The case against Thomas is still pending.
 
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