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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Symphony is offering free tickets this weekend to furloughed federal workers.

The symphony said Friday that the gesture seeks to show support to those directly affected by the federal government shutdown.

The shows on Saturday and Sunday feature the works of American composers George Gershwin and John Adams.

Each federal employee can obtain two tickets, which must be picked up in person at the Powell Hall Box Office. A valid federal ID is required.

Saturday, 05 October 2013 08:37
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The search for an elderly north county man is in day four.

R.V. Mandrell is 82-years-old and has Alzheimer's disease. He was last seen around 7:30 Tuesday morning and reported missing 4:30 that afternoon. Mandrell is a white man, five and-a-half feet tall, and weighs 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and shorts.

He is believed to be in the north St. Louis County area. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.

Friday, 04 October 2013 14:06
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St. Louis County Police are asking for help to find a suicidal man who is wanted for assault.

74-year-old Frank Howard was last seen in the 4100 block of Lindbergh in North county around 5 AM Friday. Howard is a black male, around six feet tall, and weighing 190 pounds, and was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans.

Police believe he could still be in the north county area, but he should not be approached because of his mental state.

Anyone who has seen Howard should call the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341.

Friday, 04 October 2013 13:28
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FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - Hundreds of people across Illinois have been registered as concealed-carry instructors. One of them is a reserve deputy with the Stephenson County sheriff's office.

Rena Kerchner formed the company Cloaked Carry LLC. She tells The Journal-Standard in Freeport that she wants to teach residents to be concealed-carry certified before Illinois launches its program next year.

Illinois approved a law in July allowing the public possession of a concealed firearm. Anyone who wants to carry a weapon first must complete 16 hours of training from a state-approved instructor. Those instructors must use the state's training curriculum. Illinois is the last state in the U.S. to allow concealed carry.

As of Thursday more than 850 instructors had been established across Illinois.

Friday, 04 October 2013 13:14
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to talk to the Legislature about making sure state police have enough resources at their disposal to deal with a backlog of applications for gun ownership.

The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons.

The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.

Police estimate there will be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year.

Quinn says he wants to make sure police are able to do their jobs.

In July Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow residents to carry concealed weapons.

 

Friday, 04 October 2013 13:12
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Authorities say the disappearance of a St. Charles man was part of a scheme to fake his own death and cover up allegations that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Raymond David Avett of St. Charles disappeared in June, leaving suicide notes at several locations, including inside his Ford Explorer that was found abandoned in downtown St. Louis. He turned up three weeks later in Maryland.

Avett and his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Jennifer L. Callaway, were both charged Wednesday with concealing a felony.

Authorities allege that Callaway coerced Avett into giving her his home, SUV, boat and life insurance in exchange for not telling police about the alleged sexual assault.

Both suspects are jailed, Avett on $250,000 bond, Callaway on $200,000 bond.

 

Friday, 04 October 2013 12:36
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Former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has filed a lawsuit against another former Cardinal over allegations of steroid abuse. Pujols filed a suit today against Jack Clark, after Clark in August said on the radio that Pujols was a juicer and used performance enhancing drugs. The suit claims that Clark's comments have damaged Pujols' reputation, caused him humiliation, mental anguish, and anxiety. The suit also names Clark as a "struggling radio talk show host" while describing Pujols' reputation as "impeccable and beyond reproach." No dollar figure is mentioned in the lawsuit, but it does seek damages. It also asks for a formal declaration from Clark that the comments are false. Pujols has always vehemently denied steroid allegations. 

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The Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University is the recipient of two, multi-million dollar grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute.  The grants total $26-million and will help establish the School of Medicine as a premier center for innovative leukemia research.  

Doctors hope the research will lead to more personalized treatments for patients based on the unique makeup of their leukemia cells.  They also hope to discover therapies that improve survival and reduce treatment-related side effects.  

In addition, the grant funding will enable the Center to capitalize on research advances at the medical school in order to bring new investigational treatments into clinical trials.

 
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A new museum dedicated to photography is now open in St. Louis. The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the Grand Center Arts District in the 3400 block of Olive. An open house with free admission and tours will be taking place until 9:00 tonight. The Photography Hall of Fame's permanent collection has over 6,000 cameras and photographic equipment spanning from the 1800's to modern day. 

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A Chesterfield supermarket is pulling its red grapes off the shelves after a local TV photographer spotted a black widow spider in a container of the fruit. KMOV photog Stan Kostecki purchased a container of red grapes from the Aldi store in Chesterfield on Wednesday. Aldi tells KMOV that they are conducting an investigation and offering refunds to those who purchased the grapes. Black widow spiders are native to Missouri, and although their bites are venomous, they are typically not lethal. 

 
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