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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman who was accused in 2011 of providing the heroin that killed her boyfriend and another man is on trial on charges that she injected a woman with a non-fatal overdose of the drug.
 
Jury selection began Tuesday for 29-year-old Angella Halliday's Madison County trial on an aggravated battery count linked to last summer's overdose of a Wood River woman who later was revived by paramedics.
 
Halliday was charged with two counts of drug-induced homicide in 2011 for allegedly providing the heroin that killed a Worden man and her boyfriend weeks apart.
 
Prosecutors dropped the homicide charges in 2012 after Halliday pleaded guilty to a drug count. She was sentenced to four years in prison but was released on parole in May of last year.
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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - Music legend Chuck Berry says he has no plans to retire.
 
The 87-year-old rock `n' roll legend will make his 200th performance on Wednesday at a Missouri night club where he's been performing for nearly two decades. He says he hopes to make it another 200 shows.
 
Berry's hit songs include "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Sweet Little Sixteen." The St. Louis native has been performing at the Blueberry Hill night club in University City since 1996.
 
Berry said in October 2012 that his singing days had passed. But he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that performing is in his genes.
 
He says he's thankful for each day, has no plans to retire and will keep going "for as long as the big man upstairs allows."
 
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:35
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is demanding answers about why a Southwest Airlines jet landed at the wrong airport.
 
Southwest Flight 4013 was traveling from Chicago's Midway Airport to Branson Airport Sunday evening. It landed instead about seven miles away at Taney County Airport, with a runway about half the size of Branson's.
 
No one was hurt but a passenger told The Associated Press the landing was abrupt.
 
Blunt, a Republican from southwest Missouri, sent a letter Tuesday to Federal Aviation Administration administrator Michael Huerta urging a complete and thorough investigation.
 
The National Transportation safety Board is also investigating the incident. The NTSB says it will analyze the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. NTSB investigators plan to interview crew this week.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:33
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Following one of the nation’s largest breaches of consumers’ personal data in history, the Chairmen of the Senate Commerce Committee and the Consumer Protection Subcommittee are taking action. 
Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, wrote to Target asking for answers from the company’s information security officials, and advocating the need for greater protection for consumers.
Both senators asked the President and CEO of Target for the latest findings on the circumstances that permitted unauthorized access to the financial and personal information of as many as 110 million Americans, including Missourians who shopped at Target's 36 locations in the Show-Me state. The security breach occurred over the holidays.  
Senators McCaskill and Rockefeller wrote, in part, "We expect that your security experts have had time to fully examine the cause and impact of the breach and will be able to provide the Committee with detailed information.” 
 
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   Knowing the Health Department suspected Edward Mueth had been scheming to steal millions of dollars before he killed himself would have made things easier for St. Louis County Police investigating the fraud.  That's according to Police Chief Tim Fitch, who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his department didn't learn about the scam until 18 hours after Meuth's September 19, 2013 suicide.  

   Now, the paper reports it has received documents that show that County Health officials suspected the scheme, but delayed reporting it to law enforcement.  

   Officials say Mueth embezzled $3.4 million over six years by using his computer company to overcharge the county for equiptment and technical services.  

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   Former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark want's Albert Pujols's defamation lawsuit against him dismissed...or at the very least, he wants some things clarified.  

   Clark filed a motion in St. Louis County Circuit Court Monday.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Clark is claiming the suit filed against him in October didn't properly identify Pujols or the elements of defamation.

   Pujols sued Clark over comments Clark made in August on his sports talk show on WGNU radio.  Clark had said he knew for a fact that Pujols "was a juicer."  He also claimed Pujols' former trainer told him about injecting Pujols with performance-enhancing drugs.  

   The trainer has denied the conversation.   

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   Illinois residents are applying for permits to carry concealed weapons at a rate of more than 1,000 a day - leaving local police agencies worried they won't be able to identify applicants with a history of violence.    

   Illinois law gives the State Police 120 days to investigate applications and issue permits. But at the beginning of the process, the law gives local police agencies 30 days to do their own investigations and ask a state panel to deny a request.  

   State Police officials say their checks are thorough enough to prevent unqualified applicants from slipping through the cracks.

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   Missouri education officials are considering a plan that would eliminate the school transfer program by dissolving unaccredited districts like Normandy and Riverview Gardens.  The CEE-Trust proposal presented Monday, would hand control of individual schools to non-profit groups accountable to a state-run office. 
   State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told Fox 2 News that the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sought the proposal because the current transfer system isn't sustainable. "Ultimately, any district that ends up sending students to another, with the current tuition calculation, will end up going bankrupt," she said.  Officials with the unaccredited Normandy School District have said that without a cash infusion from the state, they will run out of money this spring. 
   Under the CEE-Trust plan, decisions about curriculum, staffing and budgets would be made at each school.  The state-run Office of Community Schools would handle systemic issues like busing and building maintenance.  
   Mark Jones of the Missouri NEA, a state teacher's union, expressed skepticism.  Jones told Fox 2 News that the proposal sounds like a clever marketing scheme. "This just simply looks like a rebranding of charter schools that have demonstrated a lack of accountability and a lack of oversight," Jones said.
   The proposal is one of several being considered by the state.  The board will gather public input in St. Louis on February 4, then try to make a decision at its meeting, February 18.
 
 
 
 
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   A St. Louis County toddler who was the subject of S.A.R.A.A. and AMBER Alerts is safe.  

   St. Louis County Police had issued the alerts Monday evening after one year old Tristian Readye was taken from a home in the 2900 block of Patterson Road in North County.  Police say the boy had been seen about 8:00 p.m. riding in a stolen Monte Carlo.  

   Authorities canceled the alerts about 11:00 p.m. after the child was found abandoned in that car at Illinois and South Broadway in South St. Louis.

   There's no word if police have caught the person who took him.

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