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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri's flagship campus is sweetening the pot for high academic achievers.
The university announced a new $6,500 scholarship Friday as well as increases to two existing grants that reward academic excellence. The Columbia school calls the changes its most significant scholarship increases in two decades.
The new Chancellor's Award will go to Missouri residents who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class from an accredited high school and have a composite ACT score of 31 or higher.
The Curators Award increases by $1,000 to $4,500. And the Mark Twain scholarship for talented out-of-state students will roughly double next year.
The Twain scholarship range was previously $2,000 to $5,500. Starting with the fall 2014 semester, out-of-state students can receive anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.
Scary incident for some students at University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Police say a group of students were walking near the campus around 12:40 this morning. The students say two men approached them. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and used it to hit one of the victims. The suspects them jumped in to a waiting Chevy Camaro and sped off. It is still not clear what the suspects stole.
The Bel-Nor Police are handling the case at 314-381-2971.
The search continues for a pair of robbers who beat an employee at an O'Fallon, Missouri retail store.
Police say the suspects walked in to the store just before noon yesterday and grabbed five bottles of liquor. When the pair tried to walk past the registers without paying, an employee tried to stop them. A struggled ensued and the employee was injured. The suspects were last seen driving from the scene in a white conversion van.
Anyone who believes they recognize the suspects are asked to call the O’Fallon Police Department at (636)-379-5687.
An Illinois AMBER Alert has been canceled.
A 13-year-old Champaign, Illinois girl abducted Thursday has been found safe in a Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart, according to the Champaign Police Department. Cleo Younce called her mother yesterday to say she had been abducted by 21-year-old Nicholas Hurley. Younce and Hurley had met about a month earlier through a mutual acquaintance.
It is not known why Hurley abducted the teen.
Illinois authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a 13-year-old girl from Champaign, Illinois.
Police say that Cleo Younce was taken Thursday afternoon at 3:24. Younce was taken 21-year-old Nicholas Hurley. The pair were last seen in a Bronze 2000 Chevy Suburban with Indiana license plate 2-6-1-C-T-D.
Younce is described as a white female, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5'8" tall and was last seen wearing black half jacket, black tank top, dark jeans, black and teal K-Swiss shoes.
Hurley is a white male with brown hair and eyes. He is 6'8" tall and weights around 300 pounds.
Anyone with information or who sees the pair should call 911.
Drivers in the St. Louis area may face delays this weekend. MoDOT has several closures planned for downtown as crews prepare to replace the driving surface on the Poplar Street Bridge. Lane closures will begin at 8 o'clock tonight be completed before 5 a.m. Monday. Closures will affect ramps from Interstate 70 and 64-40 to the Poplar Street Bridge, but before and after the Cardinals and Rams games there will be lanes open. Farther west, there will be a complete closure of westbound I-64 at the Boone Bridge on Saturday and Sunday. There will be no westbound access to St. Charles County using that route. Drivers will have to use the alternative river crossings at I-70, Route 364 or Route 370 to travel westbound into St. Charles.
A number of residential break-ins in St. Louis County has police urging residents to be vigilant. Authorities are searching for suspects accused of breaking into several homes in south county near the intersection of Interstates 55 and 270. The suspects reportedly go door-to-door asking residents if they need yard work done. They then break-in if no one is home. In one recent case, however, two men kicked in the back door of a home thinking no one was there. The female homeowner was inside and hid until they left. Police say the thieves seem most interested in electronics.
A former "America's Got Talent" winner is stepping back into the spotlight. Neal Boyd tells The Southeast Missourian that he is ready for another run at political office. The Sikeston, Missouri native announced Thursday that he is running as a Republican for a seat in the Missouri House. Boyd won the 2008 version of "America's Got Talent". He ran for office last year in Missouri's 149th District, losing to Democratic incumbent Steve Hodges in the November general election. Hodges cannot seek re-election in 2014 due to term limits.
The St. Louis Art Fair kicks off Friday night in downtown Clayton. It's the 20th anniversary of the event, featuring art and artists from around the country. The fair received over 1,400 submissions this year from artists hoping to set up a booth. A jury trimmed that number down to 150, bringing the total number of artists on display to 181. Keep an eye out for the KTRS booth in front of Starbucks and come say hello to your favorite KTRS personalities.
ART FAIR SCHEDULE:
Friday: 5-10 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seventeen East St. Louis firefighters will lose their jobs at the end of the month. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that City Manager Deletra Hudson sent a letter to the firefighters saying the city "has been forced to make some difficult financial decisions to meet its budgetary obligations."
The firefighters had been hired with federal grant money. When the grant ran out in March, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks said the city found some extra money to keep the firefighters on the job until the end of September.
Parks told the paper that he expects eight of the laid off firefighters to be called back when the new city budget kicks in January 1st.
East St. Louis currently employs 54 firefighters.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Precipitation has been below average this summer in Illinois.
Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign says statewide average precipitation for June, July and August was just less than 10 inches. He says that's nearly 2 inches below average.
Data show June's rainfall was above average, but rainfall during both July and August were below average. However, Angel says this year is an improvement over last summer. That's when precipitation was just less than 7 inches or nearly 5 inches below average.
The summer's statewide average temperature has been 72.5 degrees. That's about 1 degree below average.