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Clydesdale horses always draw crowds

Friday, 28 March 2014 10:42 Published in Local News
BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The ranch in central Missouri where the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses are raised is becoming a popular stop for visitors.
 
Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville had 24,000 visitors last year, an increase of 33 percent from 2012. John Soto, supervisor of the ranch, says he expects the numbers to keep climbing.
 
He credits Budweiser's famous Super Bowl ads in part for the interest. And he notes it's the only place in the country that offers a behind-the-scene look at the animals.
 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that for $10, visitors are able to see horses ranging from foals just a few days old to breeding stallions and pregnant mares, as well the breeding facilities. A VIP tour for groups also is offered.
 

Woman fined after guilty plea for bigamy

Friday, 28 March 2014 09:40 Published in Local News
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri woman has been fined $500 after pleading guilty to a rare charge - bigamy.
 
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. reports that 28-year-old Michelle Declue pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor on Thursday and the judge issued the fine.
 
Court documents show that Declue was married in December 2010 in St. Francois County. Late last year, her husband told deputies that he had recently discovered his wife had married in October 2008 in St. Clair County, Ill., and never dissolved that union.
 
St. Francois County prosecutor Jerrod Mahurin says the marriage in Illinois nullifies the Missouri union.
 
 

Several cars stolen from O'Fallon, IL auto dealer

Friday, 28 March 2014 09:37 Published in Local News
O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) - Police in southwestern Illinois are investigating the theft of several used vehicles from a dealership in O'Fallon.
 
Authorities say the theft happened sometime before dawn Friday at the Auffenberg dealership when someone forced their way into a used-car building and stole keys to the vehicles.
 
Police did not immediately say how many vehicles are missing. There's no immediate word about any suspects or arrests.

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