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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - A St. Charles County man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for providing a fatal dose of heroin.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 37-year-old Jason Shell of O'Fallon was found guilty on Thursday on both the manslaughter charge and distribution of a controlled substance.
 
Shell supplied heroin to 36-year-old James Eyman III, who was found dead in a home in January. An investigation determined that Shell provided Eyman with a syringe of heroin, but did nothing to help when he realized that Eyman was in medical distress.
 
Shell faces sentencing on June 19.
 
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:14
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - There's a new commander for two southwestern Illinois State Police districts that encompass 10 counties.  State police say Lt. Joseph Kollins will oversee District 11 based in Collinsville and District 18, which is headquartered in Litchfield.
 
Kollins has been with the state police since 1995, having overseen a tactical response team and been a narcotics commander. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and has been a Bloomington police officer. He also has served with the Illinois Army National Guard.
 
District 11 includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties. District 18 serves Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery counties.
   
 
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:05
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St. Louis, MO  -- Karl Bissinger LLC announced a recall of its Bissinger’s Dark Chocolate Bunny Ears on Thursday because one lot was mislabeled and contains undeclared milk. 
People who have a severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life threatening reaction if they consume this product. 
 
This product is labeled as: Bissinger’s Dark Chocolate Bunny Ears are packaged in a clear film with an ingredient card. Lot Code: 4981 Best By FEB 2015 UPC: 846107009795 
 
The product was distributed to retailers and wholesalers nationwide from January 28, 2014 through April 4, 2014. Those who have received this are asked to destroy product and report affected quantities to Bissinger’s for a full refund. 
 
No adverse reactions have been reported to date for a milk allergen in association with 
this product. 
 
The recall was initiated after a customer discovered milk chocolate products in the dark 
chocolate product packaging. The dark chocolate labels do not list milk as an ingredient. 
 
Bissinger’s regrets any inconvenience this may cause and customers may call 800-325-
8881, Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm CDT to discuss questions or concerns. 
 
Friday, 11 April 2014 07:32
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AFFTON, Mo. (AP) - One of the St. Louis area's most popular attractions is celebrating a milestone.
 
Grant's Farm opens for its 60th season on Saturday. The sprawling facility in south St. Louis County is operated by Anheuser-Busch and is home to some of the Budweiser Clydesdales. It features wild animals, tram rides, baby goat feeding and other activities and draws about a half-million visitors each year.
 
New for this year will be paddle boat rides on Mirror Lake and a parakeet feeding experience. Grant's Farm also plans to offer "surprises" on 60 days. All will be promoted on the attraction's Facebook page starting May 5.
 
There is no fee to tour Grant's Farm. Parking is $12 per car and $30 for buses, RVs and oversized vehicles.
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:52
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A task force would be charged with trying to bring the Super Bowl to Kansas City under a resolution passed by the Missouri Senate.
 
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to send the measure to the House. If adopted there, the state Department of Economic Development would be asked to form a group to "examine what measures need to be taken" for Kansas City to host the game.
 
Resolution sponsor Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, says Arrowhead Stadium's $350 million renovation in 2010 would help make it an attractive venue.
 
The most recent Super Bowl was played in an outdoor stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2015 game will be played in Phoenix.
 
 
 
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:49
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Republican lawmakers are advancing a pair of tax cut proposals for potential debate in the coming weeks.
 
A House committee on Thursday endorsed legislation already passed by the Senate that would cut income tax rates for individuals and some business owners. That proposal is projected by legislative researchers to reduce state revenues by $620 million annually when fully phased in.
 
Also Thursday, a Senate committee changed and endorsed a tax cut bill that previously passed the House. As revised, that plan would cut income taxes only for businesses, not individuals. Its cost is estimated at about half the amount as the other bill.
 
Committee approval of the bills means they could soon be considered by the full House and Senate.
 
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:33
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn and his GOP rival Bruce Rauner are scheduled to appear together for the first time in the 2014 campaign for Illinois governor.  Quinn and Rauner are to discuss education policy during a Friday meeting of the Illinois Education Association in Chicago.
 
Quinn is a Chicago Democrat seeking his second full term as governor.
Rauner is a Winnetka businessman making his first bid for public office. He defeated three other candidates to win the GOP nomination last month.
 
Education already has been a major campaign issue.
 
Quinn wants to make Illinois' temporary income tax hike permanent to invest more money in schools.
Rauner and his wife have donated millions for charter schools and teacher merit pay. He's ripped Quinn for cutting school funding in recent years.
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:18
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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri curators will learn the results of an outside law firm's investigation into the school's handling of a former swimmer's 2011 suicide at a Friday meeting in Rolla.
 
The university system hired the Dowd Bennett Law Firm to review the Columbia campus' actions in connection with the death of 20-year-old Sasha Menu Courey.
 
University officials say they didn't learn about her alleged freshman-year rape by several football players until she committed suicide 16 months later. Menu Courey's family has created a charitable foundation in her name to help raise money for greater awareness of borderline personality disorder.
 
The school says neither Menu Courey nor her parents sought a police investigation and didn't respond to a later request for more information. The case has since been referred to Columbia police.
   
 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Catherine Hanaway says she raised more than $300,000 in the first couple of months after announcing her candidacy for Missouri governor in 2016.
   Hanaway's campaign released a summary Thursday of her fundraising figures for the period ending March 31. Quarterly finance reports are due to be filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission next Tuesday.
   Hanaway announced her gubernatorial candidacy Feb. 8. She says she raised nearly $308,000 by the end of March and had nearly $302,000 on hand after expenses.
   Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon cannot seek re-election because of term limits.
   Hanaway was the first Republican to declare her candidacy to succeed Nixon, though State Auditor Tom Schweich also is interested in the governor's race.
   Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster also is preparing to run for governor.
   
 
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   Some drivers may face a soggy, slow driver home because of a broken water main in downtown Clayton.  

   St. Louis County Police report that two southbound lanes of Hanley Road are closed between Carondelet Avenue and Bonhomme.  

   Police say they expect the lane restrictions to stay in place until after tomorrow's morning rush.  They're asking drivers to avoid the area.

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