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A metro-east school was placed on lockdown as a precaution as police search for a suspect.

Fox 2 reports that shots were fired at a business near Caseyville Elementary School around 12:30 PM. The search was centered around Highway 157 near Caseyville. The school was locked down only as a precaution.

More details as they are available right here.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:09
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FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri brother and sister have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for growing marijuana in their apartment.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. reports that 24-year-old David DePriest was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison, and his 36-year-old sister, Natalie DePriest, received a 15-year sentence. Both lived in Farmington at the time of their arrest.

Their attorney, Dan Viets had asked for probation. Viets is state coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Assistant St. Francois County prosecutor Pat King had sought the maximum sentence against David DePriest, calling it a large-scale operation and noting that he had guns and bullet-proof vests. Viets said 12 plants and eight baby sprouts in a closet are not a large operation.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:32
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Officials with the University of Missouri - St. Louis say the North and South campuses are closed today, due to a water outage.

An email that went to students and faculty says all day and evening classes are canceled and everyone is excused.

No information on what caused to water outage was available. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:30
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He has only been known as John Doe 27. But Thursday, the FBI announced it had identified the man wanted in connection with child pornography circulating on the Internet.  

Authorities say the man was photographed while engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child.  

Law enforcement agencies went of the offensive earlier this week and it is now believed that tips generated from the publicity campaign have led to the identification and location, in the Midwest, of the man in the photographs.  

At this time, no arrest warrants have been issued or served, but the investigation continues. The FBI says it is grateful to the public for their vigilance and assistance in this case.  

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The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the final tenants of Ballpark Village. They include Drunken Fish, Howl at the Moon, and iconic St. Louis business Ted Drewes. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the first phase of Ballpark Village is now completely leased. Drunken Fish is a sushi restaurant and lounge with multiple locations in St. Louis including across the hall from KTRS at Westport. Howl at the Moon is a dueling piano bar with 16 location in the United States. And of course Ted Drewes will serve their famous frozen custard. The first phase of Ballpark Village is expected to open in April. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:35
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Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year before the process of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is conducted in the state.

The Springfield State Journal reports the new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.  

Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says it will take months before permits are issued.  That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings.  

Miller says no companies have registered to conduct fracking since the state started sign-ups last month.  

Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack underground rock formations and release oil and natural gas.

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The search for a pair of bank robbers continues and the FBI says PNC Bank is now offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.  

The PNC branch in the 41-hundred block of South Grand was robbed just after 10:30 A.M. on November 5. 

Both subjects are considered armed and dangerous.

Subject #1 is described as a black male, 6' 2" tall, and 250 lbs. He was wearing a flannel shirt, a dark hoodie, and a red knit cap that may have the words "St. Louis" on the front. He was also wearing jeans and tennis shoes. 

Subject #2 is described as a black male, slender, and 6' 5" tall. He was wearing a maroon athletic jacket with white sleeves, jeans, and gloves.  He draped some type of blue clothing over his head. 

The stolen money may be identifiable as a result of possible dye stains on the bills. If you have information, please contact FBI St. Louis at 314-589-2500. 

If you have information, please contact FBI St. Louis at 314-589-2500. 

 

 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri utility regulators have signed off an agreement involving Ameren Missouri over solar rebates.

   Ameren Missouri asked the Public Service Commission last month for permission to suspend payment of the rebates.

   The agreement approved Wednesday calls for the utility to continue the rebates up to a maximum of nearly $92 million. Ameren had paid nearly $22 million from August 2012 through October of this year.

   Other parties to the agreement included the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association and the state office that represents utility customers before the PSC.

   A 2008-voter approved law requires investor-owned utilities to derive a certain percentage of their electric generation from renewable resources. It caps rate increases derived from that measure at 1 percent.

 
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   LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) - Police are investigating illegal withdrawals from hundreds of bank accounts, possibly through the use of a so-called ATM skimming device.

   Lake St. Louis Police Chief Mike Force says about 300 people have been victimized so far, and there may be more.

   Thieves outfit ATM machines with skimming devices that read bank card numbers, along with hidden video cameras that record people typing in their passwords.

   Force says police in the St. Charles County town began getting reports of illegal withdrawals last week. Investigators are trying to determine the stores, gas stations and other places where a skimming device might have been used.

 
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   The Normandy School District will pay the tuition bills for students who've transferred away from the unaccredited district.  The school board voted Wednesday night to reverse its October decision to withhold the funds.  

   Board members had objected to paying the nearly $1.4 million bill because the cash strapped district is already struggling to cover the cost of educating its remaining students.  But withholding of the tuition had put the district at odds with state law, and in jeopardy of losing state funds.

  Parents and teachers again asked the board to reconsider planned budget cuts that will result in teacher layoffs and one school closure.

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