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Dec. 6—ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Zoo appears to have succeeded in officially becoming a "gun-free zone," but its yearslong legal fight with a gun rights activist isn't yet over. The St. Louis Zoo is pursuing a portion of the estimated $150,000 in attorneys fees billed to taxpayers spent defending the zoo's gun ban in court. A lawyer for Jeffry Smith of suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, who challenged ...

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Dec. 6—NEWBURYPORT — The City Council got another good look at possibly purchasing the former Massachusetts National Guard building at 57 Low St. at a joint Committee on Budget and Finance meeting Thursday night. In February, the council voted 6-5 against purchasing 57 Low St. and the state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance has given the city until Jan. 31 to close on the ...

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Dec. 6—NEWBURYPORT — Mayor-elect Sean Reardon appeared on Local Pulse over the weekend to discuss schools and the city budget process, the next steps for Newburyport Youth Services, and other priorities as he prepares to take office in January. Speaking with internet radio host Joe DiBiase, Reardon said although typically about 60% of the city's general fund budget goes to the schools, he ...

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Dec. 6—BYFIELD — The superintendent of the Triton Regional School District is looking for a better roof over his head on the 50-year-old campus. The campus for Triton Regional Middle and High schools was built in 1971 and renovated in 2000. More recently, the district hired Habeeb & Associates Architects to complete a comprehensive facilities assessment of the Elm Street building in 2019. ...

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Dec. 6—There have, of course, been moments of doubt that Tori Orender has experienced over her wrestling career at Triton. A girl, competing in a predominately male sport, and mostly against males, is certainly a hurdle to overcome. Was she good enough? That answer is yes. It's always been yes. and just last week, that answer got even more validation for the Daily News All-Star, as she ...

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Dec. 6—There was a lot to like about Alex Binelas' freshman year at the University of Louisville. The Wisconsin native earned a starting role on the talent rich squad, hit 14 home runs in 59 games and helped lead Louisville to a third-place finish in the 2019 College World Series, hitting a walk-off single to advance to the Super Regionals along the way. But arguably most impressive was what ...

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Dec. 6—The Texas Comptroller's Office reports state sales tax revenue totaled $3.56 billion for November, 19.4 percent more than the same month a year ago. The majority of November sales tax revenue is based on sales made in October. "November sales tax collections once again reached a new monthly high," Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. "Texas continues to see growth in taxable sales in every ...

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Dec. 6—HARLINGEN — The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation and Workforce Solutions Cameron are co-sponsoring another Workforce Wednesday job fair this week. This Wednesday's job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Casa de Amistad, 1204 Fair Park Blvd., and organizers say more than 700 jobs have been listed to be filled. The job fair this week marks the third installment of the series ...

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Dec. 6—The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in a case that will very likely lead to abortion rights being diluted, if not outright reversed, in many parts of the country. It's not that the arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case involving a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, are any stronger than those made in similar cases the ...

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Dec. 6—Many hoped the reopening of international bridges would boost the economy, but bridge data obtained by The Monitor suggests crowds are returning at a slower pace than before the pandemic. After nearly two years, bridges reopened on Nov. 8, allowing people to visit family, get vaccines for children or just eat a Whataburger combo. The Department of Homeland Security began to allow ...