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LOCAL

*The Scottrade Center has been renamed “Enterprise Center.” The 15-year agreement, will have interior and exterior signage featuring the Enterprise logo. St. Louis is where the company was founded and is headquartered.


*A judge has appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.  St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison announced that he has appointed Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.  The ruling says Baker also can consider ``other incidents involving the same victim'' that occurred from March 21, 2015, to Sept. 1, 2015.

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*Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama - have inked a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce films and shows for the streaming service, which could include scripted & unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. Netflix did not elaborate on the terms of the agreement. 


*Baboon On The Loose - A baboon escaped its cage earlier today as it was about to be transported from San Antonio International Airport. After the baboon briefly ran loose around the Terminal B baggage loading area, it was eventually subdued with a tranquilizer dart once cornered by airport staff and the San Antonio Zoo & Animal Care Services. 

A massive manhunt is underway in Maryland for as many as four suspects after a Baltimore County police officer was killed in the line of duty.

The female officer responded to an afternoon call about a possible burglary and was killed. Police are not saying how she died, although one witness reported seeing the officer get hit by a Jeep. A review of her body-cam footage could provide some clues. The incident prompted nearby schools to go into lock-down and students had to remain in place well into the evening while police looked for the suspects. Authorities say they recovered the Jeep that was involved in the incident but there were no signs of the suspects.

The officer's name has not been released. She is said to be a young officer who has been on the force for just under four years. She is also the first female officer in Baltimore County to be killed in the line of duty. (Baltimore Sun)



USA Swimming Is Being Sued By Athlete Over Sexual Abuse Claims - 

A suit claims that a swim coach was allowed unchecked behavior. Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith is filing a lawsuit against USA Swimming on accusations the organization covered up sexual abuse. Smith alleges that officials knew she was being sexually abused by coach Sean Hutchison when she was a minor.

She filed the lawsuit at the Orange County, California Supreme Court alleging that USA Swimming covered up the abuse and manipulated the background check system in Hutchison's favor. Smith says Hutchison allegedly started grooming her when she was 13 and by the time she was 16 he was sexually molesting her. The Olympian also says former executive director Chuck Wielgus knew that she and Hutchison were in an inappropriate relationship.

Hutchison has denied the allegations and USA Swimming says they first learned of the relationship in February. 

Source: KOMO


Alaska Airlines To Eliminate Plastic Straws, Picks -

 The campaign to make plastic straws extinct is picking up steam thanks to one airline.

Say goodbye to plastic straws on Alaska Airlines. This summer, the Seattle-based airline is replacing its plastic stir straws and citrus picks with sustainable alternatives on all its flights. In addition, Alaska will be replacing large juice boxes with recycleable cans.

The airline has been steadily rolling out a program to recycle, which has included last year's elimination of beer bottles with cans. Their goal is to reduce in-flight waste per passenger by 70-percent by 2020.

This year's efforts were started by Girl Scout Shelby O'Neil, who asked the airline if it would do this to save marine life for future generations.

If you want to ditch plastic straws, the website The Last Plastic Strawgives you ideas. 

Source: Alaska Airlines


Arizona And New Orleans Score Super Bowl Dates - 

The NFL is reportedly going to award Super Bowls 2023 and 2024 to Arizona and New Orleans.

Reports say the league will officially award the two Super Bowls during the owners meetings on tomorrow in Atlanta. The new system in place does away with cities bidding for the honor, instead the league approaches cities and the local officials decide whether to host or not. This will be Arizona's fourth time hosting a Super Bowl, while New Orleans will be hosting it's eleventh, setting a record.

Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is asking Congress to regulate sports betting in New Jersey following last week's Supreme Court ruling that allowed the practice. He says without uniform standards for states that choose to allow sports betting, bad actors could hurt fans. Goodell released a statement calling for consumer protections, access to reliable data, and monitoring powers for law enforcement agencies. He also says leagues need to be able to protect their content and seemed to indicate the NFL wants in on the action, potentially by charging fees for intellectual property.

Source: Sports Illustrated 


SPORTS

*The Cardinals beat The Royals 6-0 they play them again today at 7:15pm

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