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Colorado flooding update

Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:19 Published in National News

DENVER (AP) — National Guard troops have resumed truck convoys to rescue people stranded by floodwaters in the cut-off Colorado community of Lyons.

An estimated 2,500 residents are being evacuated in an operation that began yesterday.

Helicopters are being used to airlift 295 residents of another isolated town, Jamestown.

The National Guard has also been airdropping food, water and other supplies to people stranded in narrow canyons in the Rocky Mountain foothills.

Evacuations are voluntary, but those who choose to stay with their homes could face weeks without power, water, sewer or cellphone service.

Days of heavy rain sent water rushing from the mountains into communities below, inundating farms and destroyed roads and bridges, turning neighborhoods and towns into islands.

The flooding affects parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, almost the size of Connecticut.

At least four deaths have been blamed on the flooding. Officials in hard-hit Boulder County say more than 170 people are unaccounted for. But they say that just means they haven't been heard from, not that they're actually missing.

Jones Dome board member quits over failure to share records

Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:11 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A board member of the group that owns the Edward Jones Dome has quit over what he calls another group's failure to share financial records

Bruce Sommer is a former city alderman who later ran the convention center for 25 years. The Convention and Visitor's Commission operates the football stadium that's home to the St. Louis Rams, while Sommer sat on the board of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.

The Post-Dispatch reports that Sommer said convention executives wanted the board to help pay $2 million in legal fees as it tries to negotiate a new lease with the Rams.

Sommer said he resigned after his requests for more detailed budget documents went unfulfilled. The convention commission eventually paid the fees on its own.

Charges in '09 murder case dropped

Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:09 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis prosecutors have dropped murder charges against a 31-year-old man in a 2009 double slaying in a Schnucks grocery store parking lot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that first-degree murder charges against Jimmy Love-El were dismissed on Tuesday before his expected trial.

He was accused of killing 23-year-old Dwone Curry and 22-year-old Archie White during a drug deal outside the Schnucks store at 3441 Union Boulevard.

Love-El was accused of shooting each man in the head and taking their cellphones and drugs before fleeing in a car with a friend.

A spokeswoman for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office declined to discuss the decision.

A 2011 trial of Love-E ended in a mistrial when a judge said the defendant's condition after a jailhouse fight could prejudice the jury.

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