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Teachers in two metro-east school districts will lose their jobs because of budget cuts. School boards in both Collinsville and Belleville District 201 voted for layoffs Monday night.

Collinsville schools will be hit the hardest, with district officials voting to eliminate 16 full-time and three part-time teaching positions.

The Belleville district will cut three full-time teachers and one part-timer.

Both district boards say they have no choice but to make the cuts because the State of Illinois has failed to meet their financial obligations to the districts.
Monday, 18 March 2013 17:43
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NEW YORK (AP) - There may be another billionaire interested in New York City's top job. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular social media service Twitter and the mobile payments startup Square, reportedly says he wants to be mayor of New York one day. Dorsey is from St. Louis. In an interview aired Sunday on "60 Minutes," CBS' Lara Logan said Dorsey is serious about moving to the Big Apple someday and running for mayor. Dorsey tells Logan that what he loves about New York is the electricity he feels when he's in the city. In Forbes latest ranking of the 400 wealthiest Americans, a list which requires $1.2 billion in net worth for entry, newcomer Dorsey was listed at No. 392. Current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is listed at No. 10 with an estimated net worth of $25 billion. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated Press
Monday, 18 March 2013 10:12
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St. Louis-based Patriot Coal is back in bankruptcy court today, much to the chagrin of coal workers, who say the company is trying to cut their retirement benefits. This afternoon, Patriot Coal will seek changes to their collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America, saying the company can no longer afford to pay hefty benefits and health care coverage for union workers. In response, thousands of coal miners held protests last month in front of Peabody Energy Headquarters downtown. Peabody Energy is Patriot Coal's parent compant. Union leaders worry Peabody Energy will use Patriot's banruptcy to escape their own health care obligations. And they say Patriot is rewarding their highest executives with $7 million in bonuses. Patriot Coal says their reorganization is needed to save 4,000 jobs.
Monday, 18 March 2013 10:05
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An ambulance stolen outside Barnes Jewish Hospital in the Central West End has been found in East St Louis.

St. Louis police say around 3:00 a.m. Monday morning a MedStar ambulance was taken from the parking bay outside Barnes Jewish hospital, possibly by a woman.

Few details have been released, although police and MedStar officials say the ambulance was found near 15th and College streets in East St. Louis just before six this (Monday) morning.

A quick search reveals no damage to the vehicle, the keys were left inside and nothing appeared to be taken.
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