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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.

 

Monday, 02 September 2013 13:34
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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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ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second year in a row, the St. Louis Rams will begin the season with the youngest roster in the NFL.

And that is just fine with coach Jeff Fisher, who believes young players have a greater capacity to improve.

"One would assume that we'll just continue to get better," he said.

The Rams' 53-man roster has an average age of 24.98, lowest among the 32 teams. St. Louis has 29 players on its roster with two years or less of experience, including 12 rookies.

Offensive tackle Jake Long, 28, one of the veterans with six years of experience, says the younger players bring enthusiasm to the team.

"Youth, that's a good thing," Long said. "We've got young guys, but they play like veterans. They're hungry, they're energetic."

The Rams have just five players age 30 or above.

St. Louis opened the 2012 season with a league-low average age of 25.52 on the way to a 7-8-1 record.

This time around, Fisher is expecting even bigger things from his youthful group.

Quarterback Sam Bradford, in his fourth season, will be throwing to five receivers — none older than 25.

Rookie wideouts Tavon Austin, the Rams' No. 1 draft choice and eighth overall selection, will play a key role along with third-round pick Stedman Bailey.

Receiver Chris Givens, beginning his third season, is another option. Running back Daryl Richardson, also beginning his third season, will replace Steven Jackson at running back.

"I see us being so young as good, an advantage in some ways," Richardson said. "We've got room to grow, room to get better. We're working hard because we really want it."

Rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree, the 30th overall choice, has performed well in preseason. He returned a fumble for a touchdown and had six tackles in a 27-26 loss at Denver on Aug. 24.

The former University of Georgia standout says the Rams' rookies are looking forward to proving themselves.

"We're ready to roll," he said. "We've got talent on this team whether we're young or not."

The Rams play host to Arizona in the season opener on Sept. 8.

Fisher put his team through a short 70-minute workout on Sunday. The practice was moved indoors after a brief late afternoon shower.

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