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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri University of Science and Technology is reporting record enrollment, including record numbers of female and minority students.
The Rolla campus of the University of Missouri system released the figures Wednesday from the first four weeks of the fall semester.
Registrar Deanne Jackson says total enrollment stands at a record 8,130 students, up 6.3 percent from September 2012.
Female enrollment is at an all-time high, with 1,839 women attending. And the number of minority students rose 9.6 percent from last year, to an all-time high of 881.
A grand jury in Effingham County has indicted 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on three counts of first-degree murder.
DeRyke is accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece Willow Long to death on September 8. For each count of murder, he faces a mandatory term of life in prison if convicted.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken her brother into protective custody and is investigating Willow's mother.
St. Louis Police say they have arrested the people responsible for a series of robberies and shootings earlier this week.
Officers say a 32-year-old man and 28-year-old woman are responsible for three robberies on Monday night. The first happened just after 8 PM, when the pair allegedly shot a victim. About an hour later, police say the couple robbed and shot a victim. And just 10 minutes later and just blocks away, the pair robbed another person.
The suspects were captured after police released a photo of the woman using a debit card that was taken from one of the victims.
Joe Edwards, the man many say is behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop, was recognized for his work.
The Landmark Association honored Edwards with a lifetime achievement award. The group is citing his preservation and rehabilitation work on the Loop. Edwards owns Blueberry Hill and is responsible for bringing the Walk of Fame, Pageant, and Moonrise Hotel to the area. He also rehabbed a dozen buildings, filled them with boutique retailers, and restored the Tivoli Theater.
Edwards received the award September 12.
BUCKHORN, Mo. (AP) - A south-central Missouri man who died after falling into a sinkhole was a Marine from Fort Leonard Wood who lived in a rural area near the fort.
Pulaski County authorities say 31-year-old Curtis Powelson died after he fell into the sinkhole Monday evening in the backyard of his home near Buckhorn. He was searching for a deer that he shot when he disappeared. Emergency personnel and neighbors spent hours looking for Powelson before discovering his body early Tuesday in the sinkhole, which was an estimated 70 feet deep.
Sheriff Ron Long told KSPR that the sinkhole was covered by foliage and debris, and some firefighters almost fell into it because it was so hard to see. Several people had to rappel into the sinkhole to recover Powelson's body.
A $1 million grant was awarded to metro area law enforcement to assist in efforts to aid in the prosecution of sex trafficking suspects.
The grant is courtesy of the US Department of Justice. Funds will be split between helping victims of trafficking and the prosecution of trafficking crimes. St. Louis County Police and St. Charles County Police are sharing the money with three social service groups.
Missouri is one of only six groups being awarded the grant nationwide.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants state lawmakers to approve a special gun court in St. Louis after city judges rejected the move earlier this week.
Koster reiterated his call for a new "armed offender docket" at the start of an urban crime summit Wednesday at the downtown St. Louis University law school. The four-day summit began Monday in Kansas City.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Dotson and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce also want the Legislature to step in. Slay, Dotson and Joyce are each participating in the summit as well.
The city's district court judges met Monday and instead adopted a compromise plan to expedite trial dates for those accused of violent crimes. Dotson called the move "window dressing" that won't adequately address gun violence.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to head to New York to meet with business leaders and talk about disaster response efforts at an event sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative.
Nixon is to participate Tuesday evening in a dinner discussion panel about lessons from recent disasters. During his five years as governor, Nixon has dealt with the deadly Joplin tornado as well widespread flooding, a blizzard and drought.
Nixon is to leave Sunday for New York and return three days later.
The governor's office says he also will meet with the leaders of companies that have a presence in Missouri, including IBM, Honeywell, Kawasaki, MasterCard International and Unilever.
His travel costs are being covered by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit group that often finances Missouri governors' economic development trips.
CHICAGO (AP) - With his top Democratic challenger out of the 2014 race, Gov. Pat Quinn says he remains focused on his day job.
Quinn addressed reporters Wednesday in Chicago. The appearance was his first since former White House chief of staff Bill Daley bowed out of the 2014 race.
Quinn shied away from addressing Daley's criticisms, including parting statements that Quinn wouldn't win.
With just one lesser known candidate left, he's widely expected to get the nod from his party during the March primary.
Quinn says he'll still attend a statewide slating discussion this weekend in Springfield by the state's Democratic party.
Four Republicans are running for governor. Quinn says it'll be a tough contest.
A former St. Louis city employee, convicted of wire fraud in March, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 71 year old Fred Robinson embezzled about $240-thousand from the now-defunct charter school, Paideia Academy, and collected more than $175-thousand in city paychecks as a "ghost employee". Robinson was the chairman of the charter school's board. Robinson's sentence includes five other charges of federal program theft, relating to his salary from 2006-10 under then-St. Louis Treasurer Larry Williams. Prosecutors say Robinson earned a $35-thousand city salary, but filed bogus time sheets and never did any work for the treasurer’s office. The judge also ordered Robinson to pay about $420,000 in restitution. He must also serve three years probation following his release from prison. Robinson is free on bail while his case is appealed.