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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old man will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty in the shooting death of a St. Louis County teenager.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nicholas Lunceford pleaded guilty Friday in St. Louis County Court to charges including second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 17 death of 18-year-old Brandon Richards. Prosecutors have recommended a 20-year sentence for Lunceford.

Lunceford's sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Another defendant, 18-year-old Keenan Miller, is also charged in the killing. Police have said Miller was delivering marijuana to Lunceford at his home when Richards was shot. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Richards graduated from Kirkwood High School shortly before his death.

 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:19
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The driver who led police on a bi-state pursuit yesterday, had turned himself in to police.

The chase started near Trenton, Illinois. During the pursuit, police say the suspect tried to ram an officer's car. The chase ended when the suspect abandoned his vehicle in a parking garage in downtown St. Louis. Drugs were found in the car.

A passenger jumped out of the car earlier in the pursuit and was captured Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:28
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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Ted Nugent is the latest artist to join the lineup for a benefit concert that will raise money for victims of the Illinois tornadoes.

The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the 64-year-old Michigan rocker will perform at the "Rock to the Rescue" concert on Dec. 4. The concert will be at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

Other artists already announced include Richard Marx, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Survivor and Larry the Cable Guy.

Styx guitarist James Young and REO Speedwagon guitarist and singer Kevin Cronin are both Illinois natives.

Tickets are on sale and cost between $28 and $58.

The National Weather Service says two dozen tornadoes hit the state on Nov. 17, killing six people. More than 2,400 homes were damaged or destroyed.

 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:13
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CHICAGO (AP) - A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislative leaders have reached a deal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis.

Steve Brown says he was told of the agreement following a leaders meeting Wednesday.

Brown says the speaker's staff is putting together an "explanatory memo" for lawmakers and will send details of the proposed legislation to them Friday.

The leaders have been working with a proposal developed over the summer and autumn by a bipartisan committee of lawmakers. The committee plan would save the state $138 billion over 30 years.

The state's pension crisis, deemed the nation's worst, comes after lawmakers have shorted or skipped payments to its public pension funds for decades.

Both the House and Senate are being called back to meet in Springfield Dec. 3.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:38
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Tonight is not just Thanksgiving Eve, it is also one of the biggest party and bar nights of the entire year.

So one Missouri company is hoping to keep it a safe holiday for revelers.  ScooterGuy is a designated driving service in St. Louis and Kansas City and they will provide free rides home tonight  from 5 pm to 3 am.

Here’s how it works. ScooterGuy teams meet their client at the requested pickup location. The driver, who is fully insured, will give their client a ride home in the the client's own car. The ScooterGuy driver will be picked up by another team member so the customer AND their car arrive home safely.

Last year, ScooterGuy gave more than 100 free rides on Thanksgiving Eve and over 400 rides during the entire holiday weekend. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:43
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 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A former secretary for a southwestern Illinois sheriff is suing the law enforcer, accusing him of violating her civil rights by sexually harassing her.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the lawsuit filed on Jaimie Linton's behalf in federal court in East St. Louis seeks $4 million in damages. It names Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz and the county.

Hertz says he's not surprised by the lawsuit and says court is where Linton's claims will be vetted.

Linton alleges Hertz engaged in a pattern of abusive and inappropriate workplace behavior. Linton filed a complaint earlier this year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming Hertz followed her during her lunch hour, threatened her job and questioned her morals and character.

 
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:20
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   Suspended Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy says he's still not sure why the school board placed him on administrative leave.  McCoy spoke with the press and about 50 supporters at Shalom Church in Berkeley Tuesday afternoon.  

   McCoy says he learned from media reports, and not the school board that there was a concern about the reporting of attendance numbers in August of 2012.  

   He says someone four-levels below superintendent actually reports the attendance data.  "My expectation for my staff is to review the data and make it accurate," he said.  "That's my only involvement, my only conversations about it.  No conversations with the board, and no knowing of them even having an issue with it." 

   McCoy says both he and his attorney have asked for a meeting with the board.  But Board President Paul Morris issued a statement saying they've received no such requests since placing McCoy on leave November 6th. 

   The backlash over Dr. McCoy's suspension may not be fully felt until the next school board election.  

   Arthelda Busch, chairwoman of the district's Citizens' Taskforce on Excellence in Education stood by McCoy Tuesday afternoon as he spoke to the press and supporters in Berkeley.  

   McCoy told the crowd that he's never actually been told why the school board voted 6-1 November 6th to place him on administrative leave.  Busch says that's one reason she's calling on Board President Paul Morris to step down.

   "Mr. Morris' past affiliations with the district and the board's current decisions have created huge concerns and distrust among the community at large," Busch said.

   In his statement, Morris said an investigation into several accusations against McCoy is underway and he hopes to resolve the situation soon.

 
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:25
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   Fire investigators are trying to determine if portable space heaters played a roll in an overnight fire that killed a 14 month old child.  

   Fire crews were called to the home at North 25th Street and Angelica in north St. Louis about 2:00 a.m.  

   Firefighters rescued three adults from the burning home, but the child had already died when they found him.

   Fire Chief Jenkerson told Fox 2 News that the building had no heat, and several space heaters were in use.  

   The adults pulled from the building were taken to a hospital.  Their conditions aren't known.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:19
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   Governor Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis County Wednesday to publicly pitch his plan to lure a new Boeing aircraft plant to the area.  Nixon will speak to St. Louis business and civic leaders at a luncheon hosted by Progress 64 West, a group that promotes development along the Interstate 64 corridor.  

   The governor met privately with Boeing executives last week as Missouri competes with at least five other states to produce the Boeing 777X commercial airplane.

   A new plant would likely mean thousands of new jobs.  

   Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard has said he supports special tax incentives to try to land the plant.  

   Boeing expects to choose a location just after the first of the year.

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   The founder of one of the largest automotive networks in the United States, Lou Fusz Senior, has died. Fusz suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in Palm Beach, Florida.  He was 94.  

   Fusz was family patriarch and chairman of the board of the Lou Fusz Automotive Network.

   Funeral services will be in St. Louis.  Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Friday at Kriegshauser Mortuary West Chapel in Olivette.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of The Pillar Catholic Church on South Lindbergh Boulevard.

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