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Firm offers free career services

A local not-for-profit consulting firm is stretching its mission to provide career services free to folks who are currently unemployed, underemployed or unhappily employed. Winning Endeavors is a consulting firm that helps nonprofits such as schools, agencies, churches and civic ...

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Auto manufacturers settle suit over seat belt design

A Saline County woman, already suffering from cerebral palsy when she was severely injured in a crash after her seat belt failed, received confidential settlements from Ford, Kia, Mazda and the seat belt manufacturer. Tammy Smith was driving home from ...

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Workers’ comp award granted for stress disorder

A St. Louis attorney was able to secure workers’ compensation for a client suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after counseling others after Sept. 11. The confidential employee worked as an employee assistance counselor for a company in Missouri and was sent ...

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Paintballers battle for business

Although it may seem that paintball is a blast from the '80s and '90s, local business owners say the game is gunning for a comeback.

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Jury awards pipeline company damages for contract breach

Missouri Pipeline Co. won a jury verdict of $622,500 against a local construction company for a breach of contract when the construction company built two roads and a parking lot over a natural gas pipeline. Plaintiff Missouri Pipeline Co. operates ...

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Extended warranty firm sued by former employees

A lawsuit against a St. Charles automobile warranty company has been conditionally certified as a class action. U.S. Magistrate Judge David D. Noce entered the certification order in Littlefield v. Dealer Warranty Services on Jan. 15. The case was filed ...

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Joe Brazil’s defamation case dropped

St. Charles County Council-man Joe Brazil’s defamation suit against Republican political consultant Jeff Roe has been rejected by St. Charles County Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider. In his suit, Brazil, R-Defiance, said that Roe defamed him by stating in his political ...

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An excellent year for vintage

Want a gauge on how fast the consignment business is growing? Just the past month, two Cham-ber of Commerce ribbon cuttings were held for consignment stores. That brings their number to 25 in St. Charles County. Or meet Jennifer Taylor, ...

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Wings pays off debt to city

The company planning to build a $1 billion iron ore smelter in Crystal City has paid the city $48,000 in overdue property taxes and attorney’s fees. Upland Wings Inc., owned by James Kennedy, is leasing a large riverfront property at ...

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Korean firm takes aim at MEMC’s practices

O’Fallon-based MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. recently lost a breach of contract lawsuit to Korean company Semi-Materials Co., Ltd., but that’s small potatoes compared to a pending federal lawsuit, according to a local attorney close to the case. The decided breach ...

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Foreclosure means end for local builder, new start for tenants

A longtime St. Charles County builder is in the process of losing his residential and commercial properties to foreclosure.<br?

Don Collier Jr., owner of the Collier Organization Inc. and Triad Development, had been in the homebuilding business since 1993, and entered into the commercial retail and office building business in the early 1990s, according to the business' Web site. His wife, Cindy, is vice president, and his son, Donald Jr., joined the company in 2001.

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