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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - St. Louis County Police say a Craigslist post led them to a car thief.

 

Court documents indicate that a car owner reported that she started her car during a cold day in March and left it running with the keys inside and the doors unlocked. A few minutes later, the woman said she walked outside and the car was gone. Police say they traced the car to an ad on Craigslist.

 

21-year-old Aubrey Watkins is being held in connection to the theft. Police say Watkins said he bought the car from a friend and knew it was stolen. 

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:34
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Missouri House members began hearings today on how the state deals with failing school districts.

 

A bill passed by the Senate in February calls for allowing students enrolled in struggling schools to transfer to a better one within their home district. Only if students could not get into a better school in their home district, would they be allowed to transfer to another district. In those cases the unaccredited district would pay for some of the tuition.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:32
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri voters would be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax for transportation funding under legislation endorsed by the state House.
 
The proposed constitutional amendment approved on Tuesday would appear on the November ballot if passed by the Legislature. It needs another affirmative vote in the House before moving to the Senate.
 
State transportation officials estimate the tax to generate about $800 million annually. It would need to be reauthorized by voters after 10 years to remain in effect. Ten percent of the funds raised would go toward local transportation projects.
 
Supporters say the penny tax is necessary for the state to maintain roads and bridges, and to finance new infrastructure projects. Opponents say the sales tax hike would disproportionately hurt low-income Missourians who may not frequently use roads.
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:23
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - St. Louis' reputation as a tourist destination is growing.

 

Travel website TripAdvisor named St. Louis one of the 25 top destinations in the US. The Gateway City took the 23rd spot. Branson, Missouri also made the cut, in the 19th spot. New York City snagged the top position for the fourth consecutive year.

 

This is just the latest recognition for St. Louis. The Huffington Post named St. Louis a hidden gem last month. And TripAdvisor named Busch Stadium one of the best ballparks in the nation.

 

You can see the full TripAdvisor list here.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:42
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997 is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.
 
The legislation is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill. It would streamline the state's school funding formula by requiring districts to demonstrate need before receiving money.
 
The current method factors in a district's poverty for some types of state aid but not others.
 
Manar says the bill creates equity between districts that have rich property tax bases and poorer districts.
 
But Republican critics say they want more details before signing on to the proposal.
 
A subcommittee in the state Senate passed the measure on Tuesday. The legislation faces another vote by a Senate committee before it heads to the full chamber.
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:12
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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (AP) - The University of Connecticut may be celebrating a basketball championship, but Webster University in suburban St. Louis is celebrating back-to-back titles  - in chess.
 
The Webster Groves, Mo.-based university took first place, earning the President's Cup, in a national championship tournament over the weekend in New York. Webster University won with 9.5 points. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County was second with 7 points, followed by Texas Tech with 6.5 points and the University of Illinois with 1 point.
 
It was the fourth title in four years for Webster coach Susan Polgar. She led Texas Tech to two championships before coaching at Webster for the past two years.
 
Webster was undefeated in matches this season, going 9-0.
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BLACK JACK, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly two months after picking a winning lottery ticket, a suburban St. Louis man has claimed his prize.
The Missouri Lottery says Larry Lacey of Black Jack has presented the winning Lotto ticket from the Feb. 15 drawing. Lacey took the ticket to the St. Louis Lottery office on March 31. 
He purchased the ticket at Black Jack Firestone, using Quick Pick to select the winning numbers: 7, 8, 11, 16, 18 and 40.
Lottery officials say that two winning tickets were sold for the Feb. 15 drawing, so the winners split the $2.3 million jackpot. The other ticket was sold at Larry J’s in St. Louis and was claimed by a man from Illinois in February.
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Some passengers on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner will travel via highway instead of rail this week as work continues to restore a section of railroad track east of Warrensburg, Mo.
Recent flash flooding caused some damage to the track. Union Pacific has planned additional maintenance and repair on the rail line that will require afternoon closures on Tuesday, April 8 (today) through April 11.
 
Twice a day the Missouri River Runner serves Kansas City, St. Louis and eight points in between including Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, and Jefferson City.
 
All morning train service (#311 and #314) for the Missouri River Runner is expected to run on regular schedules. Passengers on the afternoon trains (#313 and #316) will be re-routed to buses to get to their destinations.
 
Passengers with tickets for the afternoon trains should report to the train stations at their scheduled times.
Amtrak will resume full rail service for the Missouri River Runner once repairs are complete.
Travelers are encouraged to check Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL to get up-to-date information on departure and arrival times.
 
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A Florissant middle school student is alive today thanks to the quick actions of school officials and the School Resource Officer.

According to Florissant police, Officer Kim Berry was at her post at Cross Keys Middle School on March 31, when she was asked to respond to the school gymnasium for a report of a student having seizures.

When Officer Berry arrived, she discovered that a 14 year old male student was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Officer Berry and physical education teacher Scott McMurry immediately began CPR while the principal and school nurse arrived from the school office with the Automated External Defibrillator or AED.

One shock was delivered and CPR was continued until the student began to breathe on his own.  

Paramedics from the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District arrived quickly and the victim was then transported to an area hospital where he is recuperating and is expected to make a full recovery.  

The AED used in this incident was purchased by the Ferguson-Florissant School District, which has them in every district building.  

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   The union representing Metro Bus drivers says Monday's absenteeism wasn't an organized sickout.

   Nearly 100 bus drivers didn't report to work yesterday -- ten-times the number who might miss on an ordinary day.  But yesterday wasn't ordinary in St. Louis.  It was Opening Day at Busch Stadium.  There has been speculation that the drivers, disgruntled over the lack of progress in contract negotiations, may have been trying to disrupt traffic heading downtown for the Cardinals' home opener.  

   If that was their aim, it wasn't very effective.  Metro Transit CEO John Nations says there were significant delays on Missouri bus lines yesterday, but MetroLink and Illinois bus lines weren't affected.  Since most public transit rider heading for Busch Stadium use MetroLink, they saw few delays.

   Nations says the transit agency called in extra drivers in an effort to keep the buses rolling.  But many commuters still saw significant delays.  On some lines, buses were running an hour or more behind.

   The transit agency and the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents the bus drivers have been locked in contract talks for months.  A spokesman for Local 788 tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that drivers weren't encouraged by the union to call in sick, but may have acted in frustration over the slow pace of contract talks.

 

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