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Woman charged for lying about where she found stray dog

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 04:14 Published in Local News

   A Lincoln County woman is facing misdemeanor charges for lying to police about where she found a stray dog.

   On December 27th, Jessica Dudding took a yellow Labrador she'd found in Lincoln County to Wentzville and told police she'd found the dog on Wentzville Parkway.  Lincoln County has no animal shelters.  

   Wentzville police took the lost dog to the city shelter.  

   The dog's owner had to pay 250-dollars in shelter fees and a 50-dollar fine for letting his dog roam loose in Wentzville.  So Dudding told police where she really found the dog, so his owner wouldn't be fined.  And that's when police charged her with a crime.  

   Wentzville Police Major Paul West told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they had to charge her because "you don't get to lie to the police."  

   West says the judge could dismiss the charges when Dudding goes to court January 21st.  

   The dog's owner has said he'll pay any fine assessed against Dudding.

Next MO legislative session gets underway at noon today

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 04:11 Published in Local News
   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - It's opening day at the Missouri Capitol, where lawmakers are gathering for the start of their annual session.
   The session that begins at noon Wednesday will officially be known as the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. It will run through May 16.
   The agenda will be topped by an effort for the second straight year to cut income taxes, and proposals to revamp a Missouri law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer to other nearby schools.
   For the first time in a while, lawmakers also will be operating under different revenue projections than Gov. Jay Nixon. Those financial differences could be magnified when the Democratic governor outlines his budget proposals Jan. 21.
   Republicans outnumber Democrats 108-52 in the House and 24-9 in the Senate.
 

Local forest to be part of global climate change study

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 03:12 Published in Local News

   A small patch of forest in St. Louis County could be a big part of understanding global climate change.  

   In November, the 60-acre plot at Washington University's Tyson Research Center near Eureka was named a Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the land between Lone Elk and West Tyson County Parks is now part of a network of 52 other forest plots scattered around the world being used to study climate change and biodiversity.  

   In part, the Smithsonian project is examining both how climate change affects forests and how forests affect climate change.  

   The Tyson plot is expected to provide a lot of information because scientists have been monitoring it since the 1980s and have collected data covering two of Missouri's worst droughts, 1988 and 2012.  The latter was the worst on record.

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