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East St. Louis, IL – Authorities say the incidents were not related. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Students at East St. Louis Senior High School were locked in classrooms for two hours while police searched for an unnamed 15-year-old boy. Authorities say he had brandished a loaded semiautomatic pistol. The teenager was not located after a police search, and had still not been found by police late Wednesday.

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional right of lawmakers to authorize concealed guns. But the court also said the new concealed guns law doesn't have to be enforced in four counties, where it would be an unfunded mandate.

The ruling opens the way for similar unfunded mandate claims in other counties. And that raises the possibility of a piece-meal enforcement of the law.

St. Louis –

It started as a foiled burglary that mushroomed into the largest political scandal in U.S. history. In 1972, most Americans had never heard of the hotel that headquartered the Democratic National Committee.

But two years later, Watergate had become a synonym for corruption, deceit and a failed presidency.

On Thursday (2/26) one of the two men who broke the Watergate story will speak in St. Louis.

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has vetoed a bill that would block the collection of union bargaining fees from state employees who are not union members.

The Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have been sparring over unions' role in state government. The spat began in June of 2001 when Holden signed an executive order granting collective bargaining rights to thousands of state workers.

Earlier this month, the Legislature passed the resolution vetoed by Holden Wednesday.

St. Louis, MO – The Blues on Tuesday fired their longest serving and winningest coach in team history.

Joel Quenneville is out; assistant coach Mike Kitchen is in as new head coach.

The Blues are ninth in the Western Conference standings with a 29-23-7-2 record, one point behind Calgary for the final playoff position.

Quenneville is the winningest coach in team history and was NHL Coach of the Year for the 1999-2000 season. He took over the team in January, 1997 and won 307
regular-season games.

St. Louis – Movie theaters in the St. Louis area were packed Wednesday as residents sold out early showings of the film "The Passion of the Christ."

The much-publicized and controversial movie opened across the country. At the Galleria Theater in Richmond Heights, reaction to the film was mostly positive. John Carpenter of Collinsville enjoyed it.

"I thought the film captured the essence of the what the Christian faith is about, not only from a catholic but a protestant viewpoint," Carpenter said.

Springfield, ILL – Overweight Illinoisans could not go to court to blame their waistlines on Wendy's or McDonald's super-sized meals under a proposal advancing in the state Legislature.

A House judiciary committee today voted 19-0 for a plan that would ban so-called obesity lawsuits.

Restaurants supporting the proposal say it gives peace of mind when customers eat their pizza and hamburgers to unhealthy excess.

They say they offer healthier alternatives and these lawsuits shouldn't clog up the court system.

St. Louis – The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council changed its name Wednesday. The group will now be known as the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

Executive Director Les Sterman says the new name better reflects the organization's mission of cooperation between the area's many local governing bodies.

St. Louis – Ten St. Louis city officeholders met with a citizens group Wednesday that's studying ways to make city government more efficient.

The so-called Stakeholders Assembly is a broad-based group of city residents who've been meeting since September to talk about possible improvements to the city structure.

The group heard from executive and revenue collection officials about how their offices function.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay supports the review process.

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