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The City of St. Louis is getting a financial boost in an effort to increase election efficiency and provide up-to-date equipment and services for voters and poll workers.

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday the awarding of over $73-thousand in grants to St. Louis City saying, "The right to vote is fundamental and must be available to all eligible Missourians."

The funding is the result of two awards-- The Election Efficiency Grant and a Help America Vote Act Grant. The grants can be used to purchase certified voting equipment and replacement parts, train poll workers and update voter records. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:42
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A sheriff in Maryville, Missouri expects up to 2,000 people to show up for a protest later today that was organized on behalf of a girl who says she was sexually assaulted when she was 14.  

The case in Nodaway County has drawn national attention, leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Sheriff Darren White says the county is placing portable restrooms on Maryville's courthouse square and is taking other measures to accommodate those who attend the rally set for 6 o'clock this evening.

At least two activist groups have called for a protest of the county prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a boy accused in the January 2012 sexual assault of Daisy Coleman.  

The prosecutor says a lack of cooperation by the victim led to the charges being dropped.  The Coleman's refute that claim.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 08:56
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A volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with attempting to have sex with a minor. The United States Attorney's Office says 50-year-old Michael Engler was arrested during an undercover operation that found Engler allegedly agreeing to meet a person he thought was a 14-year-old male in order to engage in sexual activity. The investigation remains open because of Engler's affiliation with the Boy Scouts. Authorities are concerned there might be additional victims. If you have any information about Engler, please contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:01
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The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket Games 3 and 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium this weekend.  

The Kansas-based church has been banned in some states from protesting near the funerals of servicemen and women and is known for disrupting services of private citizens as well.

The church is calling for protesters to demonstrate against "the worthless strutting peacocks of these two baseball teams...glorifying themselves instead of God".  

St. Louis city police have said security downtown will be heightened for the Fall Classic.

Police Chief Sam Dotson met Monday with officials from the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol to discuss extra safety measures.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:58
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Three people are facing charges after authorities say they stole more than $50,000 worth of jewelry during a burglary in southwestern Illinois.

 

   Madison County officials say 20-year-old Dylan R. Bird, 19-year-old Jessica E. McCarty and 24-year-old Joshua M. Cooley are each charged with felony residential burglary.

   They're each being held on $50,000 bond.

 

   Prosecutors say the jewelry and another $300 in cash was stolen last week from a home in Collinsville. About half the stolen jewelry has been recovered.

 

   McCarty and Bird have also been linked to another theft and are facing other charges for that case.

 

   It wasn't clear if the three had lawyers and telephone listings for the trio couldn't be found.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:57
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Four years after the discovery of lead paint forced closure of the St. Louis Mounted Police stables in Forest Park, the stables are open once again. The stables were closed for remediation in 2009. Lt. Carlos Ross says three police officers and one park ranger are certified to ride six horses, but he is seeking to increase those numbers. The St. Louis Mounted Police Unit dates to 1867. The unit disbanded in 1948 but was re-established in 1970.

 
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:54
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   CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A $400 million expansion announced by Monsanto in April is starting in earnest with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Chesterfield research center site.

   The agricultural products company says it expects to bring 675 new jobs to the region over the next three years.

   Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to join Monsanto officials at the ceremony Tuesday, just as he did when the company first unveiled the project at an international biotechnology conference in Chicago.

   The Missouri Department of Economic Development has said Monsanto can expect to receive more than $31 million in state tax incentives if it creates the expected number of new jobs.

 
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 04:17
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   HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A Florissant man has been charged with making terrorist threats at a St. Louis County mosque.

   Forty-five year old Talib Al-Ganzawy was arrested and jailed on a $50,000 bond. Hazelwood police say Al-Ganzawy had a business dispute with board members at the Muslim house of worship.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the suspect threatened to "shoot up" the mosque. He was not armed when arrested.

   A mosque spokesman says Al-Ganzawy was not a member but had asked for help to settle a landlord-tenant dispute. The board declined to intervene.

   Al-Ganzawy remained in jail Monday after a scheduled court arraignment. Online court records did not list an attorney on his behalf.

 

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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

   Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in the "March on Springfield" -a grassroots effort to urge the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois.

   The Illinois Senate approved the measure last February, but the measure has stalled in the House. Speaker Michael Madigan has said about a dozen votes are still needed.

   The event will begin with a noon concert followed by a rally at 1 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. March. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are participating in the event. The governor says he will sign legislation if passed by the General Assembly.

   Currently 13 states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage.

 

 
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   Phineas the dog, a golden lab who's been the focus of controversy in Salem, Missouri, is probably still alive.  

   The dog was stolen from the veterinarian's office where he'd been staying since shortly after Salem Mayor Gary Brown ordered him destroyed because the dog allegedly bit a 7 year old girl in 2012.  

   Phineas' owners and their attorney Joe Simon had expressed fears that someone had taken the dog and destroyed him.  But Simon told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday that a letter was received Friday indicating that the dog is being kept in hiding by someone who believes they're helping the animal.  

   Last Thursday, a canine bite expert  and veterinarian both testified that photographic evidence indicates that Phineas isn't the one who bit the child.  The court case is ongoing.

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