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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The onset of cold weather means that volunteers with Winter Outreach in St. Louis have sprung into action.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the grassroots organization offers eight temporary shelters with a combined 100 beds or so to help the homeless when the temperatures turn cold.
Volunteers drive and walk around the city and St. Louis County, seeking out those in need of shelter. The organization also shuttles people to shelters from the Bridge, a feeding program at Centenary United Methodist Church downtown.
The Housing Resource Center in St. Louis said that 14,155 people requested shelter through the city and St. Louis County through the end of November, but nearly three-fourths of them were unable to be referred to an open space.
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — Wintry weather has contributed to four deadly crashes on Missouri roads in two days.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says one person died Friday morning in Camden County when a vehicle crashed into a minivan after sliding on ice. Later Friday morning in Phelps County, a second person died when a car lost control on an icy road and overturned.
A third person died around noon Friday in Franklin County when a vehicle lost control on an ice-covered bridge and veered into oncoming traffic. The fourth victim died Saturday morning in Henry County when a pickup truck began sliding and hit a tree.
The patrol identified the victims as 42-year-old Karla Brown of Camdenton, 16-year-old Charity Adams of Licking, 23-year-old Whitney Gabathuler of Herman and 80-year-old William Dulaban of Deepwater.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says his verbal commitment to take a job in St. Louis was made hastily while he was still upset over his firing in Dallas.
He says he backed out because he owed it to himself and his family to make sure he found the best fit for his style as a coach.
Ryan says that after jumping between several jobs during the past half-decade, his next move needed to be one he believed most would last.
He says he admires Rams coach Jeff Fisher and his staff. However, Ryan points out that St. Louis uses more of a 4-3 scheme, while he prefers a 3-4 front.
On Sunday, Ryan and the Saints bring their sixth-ranked defense into St. Louis.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to resume domestic horse slaughter.
In an order Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver removed an emergency injunction that had blocked the plants from opening.
The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups appealed after a federal judge in Albuquerque rejected their lawsuit alleging the Department of Agriculture failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits for the slaughterhouses.
An attorney for Valley Meat Company of Roswell, New Mexico and Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Missouri says by lifting the stay, the appellate court is saying it's unlikely the protection groups would win their appeal.
Still, attorney Blair Dunn says it could be months before the court makes a final ruling on the animal protection groups' appeal.
ST. CLAIR, Mo. (AP) — Police have charged a 33-year-old Franklin County man with first-degree murder in the death of his father.
The St. Louis-Post Dispatch reports that worried relatives found the body of 57-year-old William J. Osborn Thursday afternoon after forcing their way into his Lonedell home.
Franklin Sheriff Gary Toelke says William Patton Osborn had a volatile relationship with his father and had sold one of the elder Osborn's guns in St. Clair after the killing.
He is also charged with armed criminal action for allegedly stealing his father's truck, a motorcycle and firearms.
Osborn was jailed with a cash-only bond of $100,000. Online court records don't list an attorney on his behalf.
St. Louis County Police chief Tim Fitch is retiring next year.
Fitch said he has notified the County Police Board of Commissioners. He plans to leave his position in February. Fitch has served as cheif since June of 2009. He plans to launch his own public safety consulting firm.