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LOCAL

*The lane closures on Westbound 44 begin today!  MODOT has closed two westbound lanes on Interstate 44 between Jamieson and Shrewsbury.  Crews will close an additional westbound lane each night between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. to set the barrier wall. Only one westbound lane will be open each night while this is happening. All lanes between Jamieson and Shrewsbury avenues and the Shrewsbury ramp should be back open in December 2018.

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*St. Louis didn't get Amazon's second headquarters but the company still plans on creating jobs in the area. The first Missouri fulfillment center will be in St. Peters.  That will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs for the area, with workers picking, packing, and shipping small items like books, electronics, and toys. There is another Amazon facility in the city, there's a sorting center in Hazelwood.

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NATIONAL

Study: Tylenol Works As Well For Pain As Opioids - 

The negative news about some prescription painkillers is piling up.

A new study says opioids may be no better at killing pain than Tylenol. A government study published yesterday compares opioids like oxycodone and morphine to common painkillers when used by patients with arthritis and chronic back pain. The long-term study found that after a year of treatment, opioids weren't any better at improving pain related to daily functioning, such as the ability to sleep and work.

It found that opioids were actually somewhat inferior to common painkillers at controlling pain intensity, and had more side effects. Lead author Dr. Erin Krebs bluntly stated what the reaction to the results should be. “If they don't work better than less risky drugs, there's no reason to use opioids given "their really nasty side effects -- death and addiction."

A CDC study released yesterday, which examined data from 16 states, hospital emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses jumped 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017. Some states saw increases of 70 or 80 percent or even more.

Source: CBS News


Kushner Is Heading To Mexico For Talks With Their President - 

White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will be in Mexico today to meet with that country's president about immigration, trade and security.

Kushner will be alongside a team from the State Department and the National Security Council for the meeting with Enrique Pena Nieto [[ ehn-REE-keh PEH-nyah NYEH-toh] ]]. Kushner recently had his White House security clearance downgraded but said it wouldn't affect how he does his job.

The meeting comes after Pena Nieto cancelled plans to visit the White House recently after a contentious phone call with Trump about payment for Trump's proposed border wall. Mexico is currently engaged in talks with the U.S. and Canada to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Source: ABC News


The DOJ Is Going After CA’s Sanctuary Stance -

 The Trump administration is suing California over sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants.

The Justice Department lawsuit takes aim at three recently passed laws that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The DOJ said those laws hinder agents from doing their jobs and put them in danger. The suit calls for the laws to be declared invalid and to block their enforcement.

When he signed them into law, Governor Jerry Brown said that the measures give comfort to families fearing deportation.

In a separate case now working their way through the courts, that are challenging the Justice Department's efforts to withhold federal crime-fighting funds from sanctuary communities.Source: NBC News


Missouri Officer Killed After Responding To Domestic Incident - 

One Missouri officer is dead and two wounded after responding to a 911 call.

An investigation is underway after a Missouri police officer was killed and two others injured by a gunman who barricaded himself in a house and was later found dead inside.

The officers were responding to an emergency call where screaming was heard in the background last night at a home in Clinton, southeast of Kansas City, when the shooting started. The officers were inside the home when shot. The two wounded officers are not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

The unnamed officer’s death comes exactly seven months after another Clinton officer, Gary Michael, was shot and killed. The policeman who died last night came back to the department in response to Michael’s death.

Source: KSHB


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