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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The bitter cold weather settling over much of the Midwest and Northeast is unpleasant for most, but life-threatening for some who are willing to do almost anything — even dangerous things — to stay warm.

The U.S. Fire Administration says more than 50,000 residential fires annually are caused by heating, resulting in about 150 deaths. January is the peak month.

People who can't afford to heat their homes, or homeless people huddled in warehouses and abandoned buildings, often take desperate measures to survive. They heat homes with space heaters or huddle around open stoves, or even use candles or kerosene heaters.

Already this winter, several Missouri fires have occurred in buildings where alternative heat sources were used.

Sunday, 05 January 2014 12:23
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SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing machinists have approved a contract that would concede some pension and health care benefits in order to secure assembly of the company's new 777X airplane in the Puget Sound region.

The offer fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from local politicians who said the deal is necessary to support the region's economic future. Boeing had been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could've triggered a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from a region where Boeing was founded.

Local union officials urged their 30,000 members to oppose the deal, arguing that the proposal surrenders too much at a time when the company is profitable.

After machinists rejected an initial proposal in November, Boeing received submissions for 54 locations in 22 states that wanted the 777X work.

Saturday, 04 January 2014 08:45
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis officials are warning pet owners to keep their animals indoors during the approaching cold or face possible animal cruelty allegations.

Forecasts say the St. Louis region could see temperatures of 10 degrees below zero Sunday night and Monday night. The region is also expected to get up to a foot of snow over the weekend.

The Post-Dispatch reports that the city will send search teams out that will look for people who don't have a warm place to sleep, but they'll also look for animals left outdoors. Police are also using extra officers to help look for animals. Chief Sam Dotson says owners will be cited for cruelty to animals.

Saturday, 04 January 2014 08:42
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Forecasters are urging Missourians to brace for a wicked round of winter weather that's about to hit.

The National Weather Service said Friday that a winter storm could dump nearly a foot of snow on the St. Louis region over the weekend, with significant but lesser amounts elsewhere.

Bitter cold is coming, too, with readings well below zero Sunday night and Monday night. Wind chills could reach as low as minus-35 degrees.

The weather service said Saturday is expected to start off mild, with temperatures in the 40s. Then a nasty cold front arrives. Rain will turn into snow starting Saturday and it will continue into Sunday. Several inches are also possible in southern Missouri, and about 5 inches is projected in mid-Missouri.

Saturday, 04 January 2014 08:40
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The suspect connected to a shooting near the Delmar Loop is still on the loose.
 
The shooting happened Sunday. The suspect was seen on a traffic camera jumping out of the victim's car and running away. Police believe the suspect might have stolen another car to escape.
 
Anyone with information regarding the man or the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. All calls are anonymous and tips leading to an arrest can lead to a reward. 
Friday, 03 January 2014 16:35
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri appeals court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. Louis will not have to immediately turn over name of priests accused of sexual abuse in the past 20 years.
 
   A St. Louis judge had given the archdiocese a Friday deadline to turn over the names to a woman who sued, alleging that she was molested by a priest when she was a child, and to the woman's attorney. Otherwise, the names were to be kept under seal.
 
   The Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruling on Friday did not say if turning over the names would eventually be required, or set a new deadline.
 
   Messages seeking comment from the archdiocese were not returned. The woman's attorney, Kenneth M. Chackes, called the ruling disappointing
Friday, 03 January 2014 14:55
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Today's cold temperatures caused some tempers to flare in the Rockwood School District.

 

Parents were upset when officials sent a late cancellation notice to parents. Rockwood officials said on their Facebook page that they had to cancel classes because the cold temperatures put 20 buses out of service.  Another 85 buses did not have working brakes because of the cold.

 

Classes were canceled at 6:50 AM, but parents said that was too late. Many parents had already dropped their kids off at school.

Friday, 03 January 2014 14:49
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EUREKA, Mo. (AP) - It isn't the snow or ice keeping kids home for another day in St. Louis County's Rockwood School District, it's the cold weather and it is impact school buses.
The district called off classes Friday after 20 buses failed to start on a morning when temperatures were hovering in the single digits. In a note on its website, the district says First Student, which operates the buses, also reported that 85 buses did not have working air brakes because of the bitter cold.
The district says it will work with First Student to resolve the issue, with more extreme cold expected over the next several days.
Friday, 03 January 2014 10:59
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State address on Jan. 21.
The governor outlines his legislative priorities during the speech and also releases his state budget proposal. Nixon plans to make his remarks at 7 p.m. to a joint session of the House and Senate.
The Democratic governor already has outlined some of his priorities for the 2014 session. Those include more funding for public school districts and higher education, an expansion of the state Medicaid health care program to cover more lower-income adults and an overhaul of the state's tax credit programs.
Republican legislative leaders have said a Medicaid expansion is unlikely. They also have disagreed with Nixon's administration on the amount of money expected to be available for next year's budget.
   
 
Friday, 03 January 2014 10:16
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - It's been more than 25 years since workers renovating Abraham Lincoln's home found a letter fragment in a mouse's nest inside a wall. But researchers think they've finally identified the author of the mystery letter as newspaper editor Andrew Johnston.
Stacy Pratt McDermott is an associate editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. She compared handwriting on the fragment with other correspondence between Lincoln and Johnston and found it matched.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the two men exchanged several letters about poetry and politics.
The March 10, 1846, letter sent from Quincy, Ill., was Johnston's reply to a poem the future president had shared with him.
Papers of Abraham Lincoln Director Daniel Stowell says "it illuminates an interesting part of Lincoln's career in that he enjoyed poetry."
Friday, 03 January 2014 09:30
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