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   You could call it the Schnuck's shuffle.  

   The youngest of the Schnuck brothers is getting ready to take over the family business.  

   Fifty-five year old Todd Schnuck has been COO of Schnuck's Supermarkets since 2009.  The grocery chain's current chief executive, 63 year old Scott Schnuck, says its time for new leadership.  

   Scott Schnuck will take over as chairman when his older brother, 65 year old Craig Schnuck retires in March, but says he'll stick around until fall to help his younger brother Todd transition into the role of president and CEO.  

   The company also announced Thursday that former Aldi and Walmart executive Anthony Hucker will assume the role of COO.

Friday, 10 January 2014 02:50
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   St. Louis officials are waiting to see if city residents can navigate their neighborhoods a little better now that the side streets have been plowed.  
   After nearly a foot of snow fell last weekend, followed by sub-zero cold, many residents complained that the streets in their neighborhoods were impassable. So Mayor Francis Slay announced Thursday that it was time for the city to experiment with plowing those side streets.  At a press conference, Slay said, "Too many people have been getting stuck on these side streets.  Too many people cannot get off their streets. They’re angry, and I hear them."
   In a Twitter post this morning, Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford wrote that the plows had finished about 4 a.m.   Rainford indicated they cut a single row down the middle of each street in an effort to make the streets passable without burying the cars parked along the curbs.
   The city is asking for feedback on change. City residents are invited to share their opinion here.
 
Thursday, 09 January 2014 16:57
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.
 
Nixon said the directive applies to tax filing status and doesn't authorize same-sex marriage. The Missouri Constitution states only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in the state.
 
The lawsuit asks Nixon's order be declared unconstitutional. It was filed by officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission and the Missouri Family Policy Council.
 
Missouri's tax code is tied to the federal code. Nixon said couples who file joint federal returns must file state taxes jointly. Federal officials determined legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married regardless of where they live.
 
A Nixon spokesman declined comment about the lawsuit.
Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:46
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The investigation is underway after the death of a toddler in North St. Louis.

Around 7:30 AM Thursday, crews were called to the 5600 block of Kingsbury for a sick child. The 3-year-old was not breathing and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the child abuse division is investigating-- that does not imply any foul play-- it is standard procedure.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:16
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No injuries reported after a train derailment in Illinois.
 
Around 9 AM Thursday, Amtrak says one wheel left the tracks near Wood River. The 106 passengers were moved to a bus and taken to a second train. The train was on its way to Chicago.
Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:12
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says he is looking at calling special elections to fill four vacant seats in the Missouri Legislature.
 
Nixon stopped short Thursday of definitively saying he will set special election dates, but he indicated that he may do so. He gave no time frame for when that might occur.
 
The governor is facing a lawsuit seeking to compel him to call the special elections.
 
One of the Missouri House seats has been vacant since last June, when Rep. Jason Smith won a special election to Congress. Two other House seats and a Senate seat became vacant in December due to resignations.
 
A Missouri law says the governor "shall, without delay, issue a writ of election" to fill vacant legislative seats.
 
Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:15
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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge as part of a deal with prosecutors.
 
Matt Barnett entered the plea Thursday during a court hearing in his hometown of Maryville. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term.
 
The girl says Barnett raped her at a house party in January 2012. Barnett says the sex was consensual.
 
The local prosecutor dropped the case because he said the girl's family stopped cooperating.
 
A special prosecutor was tasked with re-examining it after it received widespread attention last fall.
 
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:55
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As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.
Approximately 300 blood drives in 25 states across the U.S. were canceled due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 88-hundred blood and platelet donations since
January 2.
In the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, severe winter weather forced the cancellation of nearly 30 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in nearly 900 fewer than expected blood donations over the past five days.
“It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Region. “Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”
Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall.
Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.
 
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. 
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
 
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:14
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The Metropolitan Police Department will host a graduation ceremony for 28 new police
officers on Thursday.  The ceremony will take place in the Anheuser-Busch
Auditorium and begins at 7:00 p.m.
After 28 weeks of rigorous physical training and hours of classroom instruction, the
newest members of the Metropolitan Police Department are ready to embark on their new
journeys as St. Louis Police Officers. The new officers will be sworn in and presented their
official police badges at the ceremony. Mayor Francis Slay and Chief Sam Dotson will address
the new officers. The Deputy Chiefs and various commanders will be in attendance.
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