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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis judges say cases involving guns are moving through the system faster, thanks to a change in procedure.

Officials at St. Louis Circuit Court said Thursday that cases in which someone is accused of being a felon in possession of a gun are being resolved 27 percent faster since changes were implemented late last year. The changes move cases involving guns to top priority, along with eliminating delays and backlogs.

Statistics from the courts show that 245 gun cases were sent to trial judges in the first quarter of 2014, and 180 have been disposed of. Of the remaining 65 cases, guilty pleas are expected soon in about half of them.

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