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Child drowns in downtown hotel pool

Monday, 07 October 2013 02:53 Published in Local News

   A nine year old south city boy is dead.  His twin brother is in very critical condition after a accident at a hotel pool near downtown St. Louis Saturday afternoon.  

   Police say Laron Snelson was unresponsive when he was pulled from the indoor pool at the Pear Tree Inn on Market Street.  Civilians began CPR right away, but the little boy died anyway. 

   His twin brother, Derron Snelson was also pulled from the indoor pool.  He's listed in critical and unstable condition at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.  

   Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the drowning.  The boys' mother and 14 year old brother were reportedly on the scene.

   The Pear Tree Inn is a Drury Hotel property.

Government's work stacking up a week into shutdown

Monday, 07 October 2013 02:38 Published in National News

   WASHINGTON (AP) - Because of the partial shutdown, government's work is piling up everywhere. It's not just paperwork.

   Litter lingers on sandbars along a stretch of the Missouri River in Nebraska because a volunteer clean-up was canceled when the government docked its boats. The Centers for Disease control has a backlog of food poisoning microbes that can't be checked because so many scientists are furloughed.

   And one woman is keeping a bald eagle in her freezer.  Wendi Pencille tends to injured birds in her upstate New York home. When a bald eagle dies, she sends the remains to a special eagle repository near Denver that ships feathers to Indian tribes for sacred ceremonies.

   But the federal bird shippers are furloughed while much of the government, like her fallen eagle, is on ice.

House aide resigns over gun left in Capitol restroom

Friday, 04 October 2013 04:31 Published in Local News

   There's more fallout from a loaded handgun found inside a bathroom at the Missouri Capitol last month.  

   The aide to House Speaker Tim Jones who left that gun behind has resigned.  The speaker's chief of staff, Tom Smith, confirmed Thursday that Dave Evans had resigned September 27.  

   Smith says he was satisfied with the corrective actions Evans agreed to after the incident but that Evans thought it was best for him to step down.  

   A 2011 Missouri law allows elected officials and their employees to carry concealed firearms inside the Capitol if they have permits.

 

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