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   The St. Louis Rams are again asking the state of Missouri to refund some of the taxes they've paid.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team has filed six appeals since 2008 asking for a total of $4.7 million.  

   This time, the team is claiming it collected too much in taxes from ticket buyers -- about 40 cents per $100 ticket.  The paper reports Rams attorneys have filed a tax appeal asking for a $401,000 refund.  And they want the state to forgive another $445,000.  

   The Rams say they discovered they've been charging state sales taxes on base ticket prices plus city taxes.

   The team admits it can't return the money to ticket buyers.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 01:46
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   Two people are dead and four other injured after a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 about 30 miles northeast of Carbondale, Illinois.  

   Police say 22 year old Megan Michelle Hester of Maryland Heights, Missouri lost control of the SUV she was driving Tuesday afternoon.  It crossed the median into oncoming traffic and was hit by a tractor-trailer.  

   Two people from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 49 year old Jill Gibson and a 13 year old boy were killed. The teen's name hasn't been released.  Hester and three passengers were seriously hurt.  The semi driver wasn't hurt.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:44
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A man is in custody connected to the murder of St. Louis woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car.

 

The St. Louis Police say they were called to tow a car on December 20. In the trunk of the car they found the body of Sybil Brandon. Investigators say she had been shot in the head. Brandon had been reported missing on November 29 by her daughter.

 

The suspect has not been identified, but he is a 39-year-old man.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:25
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis woman is facing charges for stabbing her brother, critically injuring him.
 
   Charges of first-degree domestic assault, evidence tampering and armed criminal action were filed Sunday against 53-year-old Angela Hallmon. She is jailed on $50,000 cash bond.
 
   Police say Hallmon called authorities on Saturday to say she had stabbed her brother following an argument. She was arrested, and her brother was taken to a hospital in critical and unstable condition. The motive for the attack was not disclosed.
 
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 13:59
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   A Jefferson City boy and the St. Louis man charged with kidnapping him are both dead after an apparent murder-suicide.  The bodies of six year old Markell Beasley and 40 year old Demetrius Beasley were found shot to death Tuesday night at a home in Cape Girardeau. Police are still investigating, but say it appears the man shot the child and then turned the gun on himself.

   Police say Demetrius Beasley wasn't the boy's biological father, but had had a relationship with the child's mother.  She told police she had allowed her son to travel to St. Louis from Jefferson City on Saturday for a Christmas gathering with Demetrius Beasley's family. But the mother said she later learned there was no gathering and that Beasley didn't intend to return her son.  

   Police had charged the St. Louis man with kidnapping Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 13:58
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Missouri has been awarded a $7.5 million federal grant to continue a program that helps the state's lowest-achieving schools.  
 
The U.S. Department of Education announced the award from the federal School Improvement Grants program on Monday. In all, the agency awarded more than $43 million in such grants to seven states.
 
Missouri's education department will distribute the federal funds to districts showing the greatest need and strongest commitment to improving achievement at their lowest-performing schools.
 
This is the third year Missouri has received a grant from the federal program
 
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:01
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A St. Louis County family has its Christmas back, thanks to fast work from the Normandy Police Department.
 
Two suspects broke into the Lilly family home on Dec. 15 and stole the presents from under the Christmas tree. The thieves even unwrapped the presents and left the paper.
 
Police say clues came together fast, including footprints in the snow. Officers saw the same prints outside another home that had been broken into days earlier.   When one of the alleged thieves bragged about it at Sumner High School, word filtered back to police. That 18-year-old suspect was arrested and charged.  
 
Police are still searching for his accomplice.
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:56
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Two St. Louis County Police Officers are in the hospital after they were involved in an accident.
 
The crash happened in Bellefontaine Road and Dunn in North County. Several emergency crews responded to scene and the road was shut down while the accident was investigated.
 
One of the officers had a broken leg, the other officer's injuries are not known. 
 
Monday, 23 December 2013 17:14
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TROY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man has been sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison for killing his terminally ill wife.
 
   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 43-year-old Russell Scott Faria of Lincoln County was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in November of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
 
   Betsy Faria, was found stabbed to death on Dec. 27, 2011. She was battling liver cancer at the time.
 
   At the sentencing hearing, her sister, Julie Swaney, said Betsy Faria had two life insurance policies, and her husband had been beneficiary on both. Swaney says her sister changed the beneficiary on one before she was killed, and planned to do so on the other.
 
   Russell Faria's attorney, Joel Schwartz, says the case was built on conjecture, and he plans to appeal.
 
Monday, 23 December 2013 17:13
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CHICAGO (AP) - A crush of health insurance shoppers in Illinois have been calling a telephone help line set up to answer their questions, as an important deadline looms for the nation's health law.
 
   More than 1,600 people called the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk over the weekend. That's more than double the call volume from the previous weekend. The state's health insurance website saw more than 26,000 visitors over the weekend, an increase of 4,000 visitors from the weekend before.
 
   Monday had been the deadline to sign up for consumers who wanted coverage upon the start of the new year.
 
   But the Obama administration effectively extended that deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states, including Illinois, more time to select a plan.
 
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