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St. Louis officials, police union reach deal

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

   ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Officials in St. Louis are hopeful that a compromise reached with the police union will return control of the police department to local leaders for the first time in a century and a half.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Police Officers Association agreed Tuesday on terms of a bill that would end 150 years of state control of the department and give police officers a collective bargaining agreement for the first time ever.

   The department would become a division of the city Department of Public Safety, allowing the mayor to pick the police chief and city leaders to set the budget.

   A bill could go before the state Senate as early as Wednesday. Gov. Jay Nixon, who has opposed local control in the past, declined comment.
   Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
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