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The annual Ride of the Century that draws motorcyclists from across the county is in its last day.

And bikers' activities kept authorities busy. Heading into Sunday, two riders had died, police have made 15 arrests, and 25 motorcycles have been confiscated. Police handled the ride differently this year. Officers were stationed along roads and highways frequented in years past. Police would stop every biker and and ask for license and registration. The 25 confiscated bikes were taken for riders performing stunts or not have current registration.

The most common problems reported by residents were motorcycles going on sidewalks and bikers running red lights.

Two riders died over the weekend; one in south St. Louis and the other in St. Charles County.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Credit unions in Missouri are increasingly offering attention-grabbing promotions like free gas or new mobile apps to lure customers in a crowded banking environment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that First Missouri Credit Union employees gave out $4,000 in free gas this past week at a south St. Louis County Petro Mart. Cars lined up for hours in advance.

It was part of a larger effort by nearly 40 credit unions and community banks in Missouri and other states to persuade people to switch from larger national banks.

Credit unions are nonprofit cooperatives that are owned by their members. Most have opened up their memberships and are no longer restricted to a single industry

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Lee's Summit man whose life sentence and murder conviction in a 1983 prison stabbing were overturned by the state Supreme Court says state prosecutors continue to withhold evidence.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in August 2011 that the state didn't disclose evidence tying another Moberly prison inmate to a weapon likely used to attack James Bausley.

The court threw out 53-year-old Reggie Griffin's conviction before Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman and the state Attorney General's Office quickly decided to file new murder charges.

Griffin was released on bond last year after initially receiving a death sentence. His lawyers want to disqualify the Attorney General's Office over a 2006 inmate interview the state acknowledges failing to turn over.

Both Fusselman and the Attorney General's Office declined comment.

 

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CHICAGO (AP) - A seriously ill woman who'd lobbied to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois won't be eligible to get it herself because of a drug charge.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Michelle DiGiacomo won't be able to get the medicinal marijuana under the new bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month. She suffers from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal stenosis, among other things, and had been using marijuana for pain relief.

DiGiacomo got a license to buy medical marijuana in California, where it's legal. But it was still illegal in Illinois.

The 53-year-old Chicago woman was arrested in 2012 for having marijuana in her possession. She pleaded guilty to felony possession, months before Quinn signed the bill into law.

The drug charge disqualifies her from getting medical marijuana in Illinois.

 

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