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The future of a troubled state lawmaker is unclear. Democratic Missouri State Representative Steve Webb was charged yesterday for theft and campaign finance violations.

Prosecutors say that Webb solicited donations for an event in Washington DC, instead, he deposited that money in a personal account. Shortly after the charges, the AP reported that House Minority leader Jake Hummel said Webb told his office he planned to resign. Later Wednesday, Webb told reporters he had no plans to step down. 

Thursday, Hummel released a statement saying standing by his previous comments, that Webb told him he planned to resign. Hummel continues that for the sake of his family and constituents, Webb should resign. Webb represents portions of North St. Louis County, including Florissant.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:29
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A pit bull-mix puppy that was dragged down Interstate 55 near St. Louis while tied to pickup truck is now up for adoption.

 

   The dog, named Trooper, needed dozens of surgeries after he nearly died while being dragged down the highway for nearly a mile in November 2012.

   The Humane Society of Missouri announced Wednesday it is accepting only online applications to adopt Trooper. It will take applications through Nov. 17.

   Benetta Johnson of East St. Louis, Ill., was sentenced to probation and community service after being found guilty in April of misdemeanor animal abuse.

   Authorities say when she tried to return the dog to her ex-husband, her son tied the puppy to a trailer hitch.  Johnson's ex-husband didn't see the dog and drove down the interstate.

 
Thursday, 07 November 2013 07:14
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It's a time to get real....with the Chief.  

The St. Louis Police Department is hosting a question and answer Twitter session with Chief Sam Dotson this Monday between noon and 1:30 pm.  

Through "Real Talk with Chief Dotson" the department hopes to create a conversation with the citizens it serves and address questions regarding the department and its crime-fighting initiatives.  

Citizens can tweet questions during the scheduled time to Chief Dotson’s Twitter handle,  @ChiefSLMPD. 

Thursday, 07 November 2013 06:49
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   The water in some parts of Edwardsville may be a little brown, but it's still safe to drink.  That's the message from Public Works Director Tim Harr.  

   He says a break in a 14 inch transmission line caused workers to reroute water city-wide and that may have stirred up sediment.  As a result, about a thousand of the more than 9,000 water customers in Edwardsville, including the Public Works Department, are seeing discolored water from their taps.  

   Harr says the water is safe to drink. "We’ve tested it," he said.  "The chlorine residuals are where they’re supposed to be, within the epa regulations.  It doesn’t taste funny.  It just looks a little funny with the sedimentation."

   Harr says city workers opened 4-5 hydrants Wednesday to help flush the system and it might help if residents run their own taps 10-15 minutes to flush the lines.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 04:19
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   Red light camera tickets could become a thing of the past in Missouri.  That's because of a state appeals court ruling Tuesday of this week.  

   The Eastern District court in St. Louis overturned it's own precedent when it found Ellisville's red light camera ordinance was in conflict with state law because the tickets are issued to the vehicle owner and not the driver.  

   Two years ago the court had upheld a similar Creve Coeur law, but now says that ruling is "no longer good law."  

   The Arizona-based company that operates the cameras in Ellisville and several other municipalities says it will appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 03:02
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   Almost before any work has begun, the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds may have run into a four-month delay.  

   The $380 million plan was presented Wednesday to a National Park Service board that must approve the project.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the federal Development Advisory Board, refused to sign off on the plan because of what is essentially, a paperwork issue.  

   CityArchRiver 2015, the non-profit that's spearheading the renovation efforts refused to provide a series of agreements between it and the park service.  CityArchRiver leaders say that's because the park hasn't signed a new deal with Metro to run the Arch trams, and thus guarantee that tram fees will be used to pay for much needed repairs to the tram systems.  

   Those contracts are reportedly in the pipeline and could be signed as soon as Thursday.  But the Development Advisory Board doesn't meet again until March.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 01:47
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You might remember Trooper--the dog who was nearly killed after being dragged for nearly a mile down Interstate 55 almost a year ago.

Trooper was injured after Benetta Johnson tried to return then six-month old Trooper to her estranged husband by tying the dog to the bumper of her husband's truck. He did not notice the dog and dragged the puppy down I-55, until a fellow motorist notice Trooper and got him to pull over. Johnson was convicted on misdemeanor animal abuse charges and ordered to perform community service, take animal care classes, and make a donation to the Humane Society. 

You can apply to adopt Trooper at: www.hsmo.org/adopttrooper.

Applicants must answer lifestyle questions and provide information about their home environment. Trooper is best suited to a home without other animals and with older children. He will be a good fit for an adopter who understands how to lovingly manage intelligent, strong dogs and has time to spend further training him and providing appropriate exercise. A secure outside area is also a necessity. 

 

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:49
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ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) The FBI sent KTRS News surveillance photos of the suspects from the bank robbery in St. Louis Tuesday.

The PNC Bank on South Grand near Ted Drewes' was robbed just after 10:30 a.m.

Federal agents tell us both suspects are black and could have been armed. One of the perps is about 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. He was wearing a flannel shirt over a dark hoodie. The hood partially covered a red knit cap that may have the words "St. Louis" on the front. He was also wearing jeans and tennis shoes.

The other suspect was more slender and stands about 6-foot-5. He was wearing a burgundy sweater vest over a white top, and jeans. He draped some type of blue clothing over his head.

Police are offering a $1,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

Copy and paste this link into your browser to see the surveillance photos: http://bandittrackerstlouis.com/2013/11/pnc-bank-2/

 

 

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ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) Blockbuster officials announced Wednesday that they would be closing their doors nationwide by the end of January, but what does that mean for the local stores in St. Louis?

KTRS News tried to find out when the remaining local Blockbuster stores would be closing. We called the store on Chippewa and Watson Road in Webster Groves and the Sales Associate we spoke with did not know when or if there will be a last day.

Blockbuster's current owner, DISH Network Corporation said there will be about 50 U-S stores operated by franchises not affected by the announcement.

 
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:45
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will help finance the estimated $2 million needed to remove mold and make repairs at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.

The prison has become a major attraction since it stopped housing inmates in 2004, but high levels of mold forced officials to close it to the public in October. Officials say it had been on pace for more than 20,000 visitors this year.

Nixon said Wednesday the state and the Jefferson City government will share the costs evenly, with a goal of resuming public tours next spring. Three buildings and the gas chamber will be repaired.

The penitentiary began housing inmates in 1836 and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River when it closed.

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