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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A reputed prison gang leader who was on probation in California has been captured in Missouri.

Forty-five-year-old Albert "Spanky" Amaya is jailed in Missouri's Pettis County while awaiting extradition. No attorney is listed for him in online Missouri court records.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Amays was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison in 2008 after he was convicted of extortion, his third felony conviction. But he was released in June after a voter-approved measure allowed "three strikes" inmates to seek re-sentencing.

The San Bernardino County district attorney's office placed him on GPS monitoring while seeking to send him back to prison. Authorities allege he was a crew chief for the Mexican Mafia prison gang and fled after cutting the GPS device.

 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:07
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The 7-year-old Mehlville boy who died in a house fire on Monday, will be laid to rest this week.

Brian Davis was the only family member who died in the blaze. Visitation for Brian is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at St. Mathias Church on Buckley Road.

His funeral will be Friday morning. Brian's grandmother and sister escaped the fire.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:03
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A broad warning from the Food and Drug Administration to consumers who buy "jerky treats" for their animals.

Nearly 600 dogs and cats have died from a mysterious outbreak that is tied to the treats. The FDA says there is not one particular brand to watch for, but the questionable treats come from China.

There is a fact sheet on the FDA website, so that owners can identify possible symptoms. That sheet can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm371413.htm

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:26
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WHEELING, Ill. (AP) - Insurance brokers in Illinois say they're frustrated with the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law and the crippled federal website, healthcare.gov.

At a meeting of brokers Wednesday in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, many of them vented their feelings to Max Fletcher, a policy analyst for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.

Brokers also are worried that their profession is being threatened. They want to get the word out that they can help people and small businesses shop for health insurance.

Fletcher told the brokers to call on their legislators to support a state-run health insurance marketplace. He says Illinois could do a better job running its own system, although he concedes that's not likely to be a serious consideration in Springfield during the current veto session.

 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:17
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - About 50 passengers of a light rail train in suburban St. Louis are uninjured after an overhead power line fell on top of the train.

 

   It happened Wednesday morning near a MetroLink station on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The passengers were stuck on the train for about an hour before being safely evacuated.

 

   MetroLink service was shut down between Wellston and the North Hanley station until power was restored. Passengers in that area were taking a bus.

 
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:51
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An estranged wife has led police in Swansea, Illinois to charge three members of a family with sexually abusing young relatives.  

Swansea Police Chief Mike Arnold says the abuse came to light after a 36-year-old man's estranged wife spoke to authorities.  

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the abuse may have begun in September 2009. Authorities say it involved girls who are now 16, 14 and 9 years old.  

Two men are charged with criminal sexual assault and abuse and the woman who spoke with police is charged with indecent solicitation of a child.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:22
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A bit of history has returned to St. Louis. A small airplane once owned by Charles Lindbergh is now back on display at Lambert Airport.

Officials from the Missouri History Museum spent hours over the weekend installing the 1934 D-127 Monocoupe aircraft, which hangs once again over the C Concourse in Terminal 1.  

The museum also installed a new interactive kiosk near the plane that displays the history of Lambert and Lindbergh. The plane was originally installed at Lambert in 1979.  It was removed in March 2011 as part of terminal renovations.

Lambert officials say that over the years, the plane accumulated dust and other airborne pollutants so a conservation effort was necessary to make sure the plane was preserved.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:50
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's firearms deer season takes place next month, and conservation officials are asking hunters to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

 

   The disease is deadly to deer, but there is no evidence it can affect humans. Deer can be affected through exposure to soil containing abnormal proteins that are called prions. The prions can get into soil when infected deer decompose on the surface.

 

   The Conservation Department says hunters should avoid cutting through the spine, brain or bones. If hunters must move a whole carcass, they should send the non-edible parts to state-approved landfills for proper burial. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:34
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The terms for the customary wager between Governors over the World Series is set. Governor Jay Nixon is staking: a four-pack of Cardinal Cream Soda from Fitz’s Bottling Company; a box of handcrafted chocolates from Bissinger’s Chocolates; and an assortment of Italian baked goods from Missouri Baking Company on The Hill. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is putting up: New England Clam Chowder from Legal Sea Foods, some baked goods, and an assortment of seltzers. The Cards and Red Sox have met in the Fall Class three times previously, with the Red Sox winning in 2004 and the Cardinals in 1946 and 1967. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:29
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   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is getting $1.8 million from the federal government to encourage nuclear energy development.

   The grants will help fund the development of a supply chain, logistics, and infrastructure needed to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors.

   Modular reactors are smaller than large nuclear power plants. They can be built in factories and shipped where they are needed.

   The university in July announced a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri to work on research related to modular nuclear reactors.

   President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that the project also will assess the education and training needed for a workforce to produce the reactors.

   Sen. Claire McCaskill said the grant shows Missouri is well situated to lead the nation in developing small modular nuclear reactors.

 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 04:15
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