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St. Louis on the Air
1:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

A Closer Look At Missouri's Ballot Issues

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Missouri's Aug. 5 primary ballot includes several Constitutional amendments, but none has been as contentious as Amendment 7, the transportation tax proposal.

Amendment 7

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Privacy Rights
2:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Authorities Need Warrants For Cell Phone Searches

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In a landmark decision protecting Americans' digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that police almost always need to get warrants to search the cell phones of people they arrest.

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New In 2014
8:28 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Pot, Sex And Cigs Among The Focus Of New Illinois Laws

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With the start of the new year, hundred of laws are taking effect in Illinois. The marquee issues include marijuana, cell phone use, sex education and littering. But all sorts of laws will become enforceable, dealing with everything from special license plates to health-and-safety requirements. For a comprehensive list, go to the Quincy Journal.

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Cell phones
5:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Mayor Signs New Restrictions On Sale Of Used Cellphones

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A measure that law enforcement officials say reduces the market for stolen cellphones is now law in the city of St. Louis.

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Crime
12:23 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

St. Louis leaders propose cell phone ordinance

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People wanting to resell mobile phones in St. Louis would face tough new restrictions under a newly proposed ordinance.

Mayor Francis Slay and Alderman Craig Schmid announced the legislation in a news release Friday.

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Cellphone Tracking
11:49 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Mo. law on cellphone tracking gets busy signal with lawsuit

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Remember that law which would make it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies? Well, it went into effect today, and there is already a lawsuit filed challenging it.

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Cell Phone Laws
1:33 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

On a phone? Driving a car? In Illinois? Make sure you're not breaking any of these new laws

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Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to stay off their cellphones.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed four laws Friday aimed at making roadways safer.

Three of them confront the problem of drivers becoming distracted by talking and texting on their cellphones, something that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has called a "national epidemic."

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MO Statehouse
4:18 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Missouri no-call list extends to cellphones

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the expansion of the state's no-call list into law at the South County Senior Resource Center in St. Louis Thursday.
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Missouri cellphone users can now register their numbers on the state’s no-call list under a bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon Thursday.

The law prohibits telemarketers from calling or texting those who sign up and gives the attorney general’s office the power to punish violators.  

Attorney General Chris Koster says the law expands Missouri’s no-call list enacted 12 years ago for land lines.   

“12 years ago the no-call list saved the dinner hour in this state," Koster said. "Today’s action extends that protection to a new technological era.”

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"Smishing" scam
5:21 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Mo. AG Koster warns of 'smishing' scam targeting smart phones

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The Missouri Attorney General’s office is warning the public of a new scam that’s targeting smartphone and cellphone users.

The scam is known as "smishing," and it involves text messages telling recipients that they’ve won prizes or gift cards from big-name retailers such as Wal-Mart or Costco and instructs them to claim them by clicking on a link.  Attorney General Chris Koster (D) says clicking the link will infect phones with malware that gives identity thieves access to personal information.

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Cell phone tracking legislation
5:25 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Cell phone tracking bill in Mo. Gov. Nixon's hands

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Among the more than 110 bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this year is one designed to help law enforcement officers track a missing person through the potential victim’s cell phone signal.

If signed by Governor Jay Nixon (D), the bill would require cell phone companies to provide police with the location of any customer who’s been reported missing or believed to be in danger.  The sponsor, State Rep. Jeanie Lauer (R, Blue Springs), says it’s in response to the 2007 kidnapping and murder of Kelsey Smith in the Kansas City area.

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