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$100 million civil rights suit filed in Missouri slaying PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:11

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An attorney for a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's slaying was overturned has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $100 million.

Kathleen Zellner says police fabricated evidence against Ryan Ferguson in an investigation into the 2001 killing of Kent Heitholt, a Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1h8FFPP ) that Zellner also alleges that the police investigation was incomplete.

The lawsuit, which has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, asks for actual damages of $75 million and compensatory damages of $25 million.

It names 13 defendants, including the City of Columbia, the Columbia Police Department and Boone County.

Zellner has demanded a jury trial.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com


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Los Angeles Register newspaper to launch April 16 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:42

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freedom Communications Inc. said Monday that it has set April 16 as the launch date for its latest newspaper venture, the Los Angeles Register.

The new publication is part of an ambitious expansion driven by Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, who bought Freedom in 2012. The pair bulked up on newsroom staff at the Orange County Register, launched a new daily newspaper in Long Beach in August and bought the Press-Enterprise in Riverside in October.

It'll be the first incursion for the newspaper company into the heart of the metropolis long dominated by the 132-year-old Los Angeles Times. So far, Freedom has been focused on the suburbs.

Freedom said Monday that the "community building" newspaper will cost $1.50 on weekdays and $2 on Saturday and Sunday and be distributed at 7,500 locations around Los Angeles County. That's roughly the same price as the Times, which costs $1.50 Monday through Saturday and $2 on Sunday.

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Natural gas industry struggles to keep promises PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:43

HOUSTON (AP) — America's plan to use more natural gas to run power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes may not go as smoothly as expected.

There's plenty of natural gas in the ground, everyone seems to agree. But the harsh weather this winter shows there are obstacles to producing it, and more pipelines have to be built.

The bitter temperatures boosted demand for natural gas to heat homes and businesses. But wells in some places literally froze, making it difficult for some drillers to keep gas flowing. And the high demand clogged pipelines, so even when there was enough production, the gas couldn't get where it needed to go.

Shortages cropped up, and prices in some places soared to record levels. Californians and Texans were asked to reduce their power consumption because utilities were running low on gas to run power plants. Montana State University in Billings had to cancel classes for a day because of a natural gas shortage.

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Colorado collects $2M in recreational pot taxes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:18

DENVER (AP) — Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.

The tax total reported by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold from 59 businesses. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.

Colorado legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn't begin until January. Washington state sales begin in coming months.

The pot taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Including licensing fees and taxes from Colorado's pre-existing medical marijuana industry, the state collected about $3.5 million from the marijuana industry in January.

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