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A judge for the second time in four months has thrown out a lawsuit blaming a televangelist for a former employee's killings of his wife and two sons.

Associate Judge Richard Aguirre dismissed the suit Wednesday in Monroe County. Aguirre ruled that he can't see any way how Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries could have foreseen that Christopher Coleman would kill his family.

Christopher Coleman killed his wife and sons at the Coleman's Columbia home in 2009. He was serving as Meyer's security chief.  He's now serving a life sentence.

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Judge tosses lawsuit against Joyce Meyers Ministries

A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a lawsuit against a televangelist filed by the family of a woman who was strangled along with her two sons.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre this week signed the order dismissing the lawsuit against Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries. But he said it can be refiled within 30 days - something an attorney for the family says they will do.

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A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a wrongful death lawsuit against Joyce Meyer Ministries filed in 2011.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that on Tuesday St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre signed the order dismissing the lawsuit against the Missouri-based televangelist. He said it can be refiled within 30 days - something an attorney for the family says they will do.

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Ill. law regarding original birth certificates takes effect today

An Illinois law taking effect today will allow more adoptees to get copies of their original birth certificates and possibly learn the names of their biological parents.

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The southwestern Illinois home where a former Marine killed his wife and two sons is for sale.

The two-story, three-bedroom home is in Columbia, about 15 miles southeast of St. Louis. It was home to Christopher Coleman, who is serving a life sentence for strangling his wife Sheri Coleman and their 11- and 9-year-old sons in 2009.

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Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Missouri State Fairgrounds temporarily close after nighttime storms

Update: A tweet from the Missouri State Fair: "State Fair to Open Gates at 3 p.m. Today - Luke Bryan and Josh Thompson will take the Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled"

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The Missouri State Fairgrounds are closed after a strong storm knocked out power.

Christopher Coleman, the man convicted May 5 of murdering his wife, Sheri, and their two young sons, has been denied a new trial.

Coleman is currently serving life in prison without parole for the killings.

Christopher Coleman, the southwestern Illinois man convicted of strangling his wife and their two sons, has asked a judge to set aside his conviction and give him a new trial.

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Updated 1:49 p.m. with sentence decision:

Christopher Coleman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

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At 1 p.m. today, Circuit Judge Milton Wharton will decide the fate of Christopher Coleman, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

The Missouri Supreme Court is soliciting comments and suggestions from residents on how to improve municipal courts statewide.
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The jury that convicted a southwestern Illinois man of murdering his wife and sons has decided he's eligible for the death penalty.

The jurors made that determination Friday as the sentencing phase of Christopher Coleman's trial began. The hearing to decide whether he should receive that penalty is expected to begin Monday.

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