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Good news for drivers as gas prices took a tumble in St. Louis last week.  

Retail prices fell nearly 7 cents per gallon averaging $3.43 a gallon on Sunday. This is according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 983 gas outlets in St. Louis. This compares with the national average which was $3.57 a gallon last week. Prices yesterday were almost 20 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago.

Monday, 19 August 2013 14:06
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The St. Louis Police Department tweeted a photo of two people they want to question connected to the shooting of a 12-year-old girl.

The girl was shot in the hand Sunday night in Carr Square Park in North St. Louis. Police say the shooters were firing into a crowd of people when the girl was hit. Officers do not believe she was the intended target. The girl was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Anyone who can identify the pair is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

Monday, 19 August 2013 13:37
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One man in custody after a violent weekend in St. Louis.

Darryl Sain is charged for allegedly shooting at four people near at midtown gas station. Police say Sain saw the people sitting on his car at the gas station and asked them to move. They did not move and a the confrontation escalated. That is when Sain allegedly grabbed a gun from the car and shot into the group.

One person was hit in the calf. Three other men took themselves to the hospital with gunshot wounds. All victims are expected to recover. Sain returned to the scene of the shooting and turned himself in.

He is being held in custody on a $30,000 cash bond.

 
Monday, 19 August 2013 12:14
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   The Jennings post office in the 9800 block of New Halls Ferry Road is closed indefinitely after a car crashed through it, injuring two women.

   It happened about 11:30 Monday morning.  The car plowed through the lobby, then crashed through an interior wall and into a work area.  It's not yet known what caused the crash. 

   Postal officials say mail that would normally go to the Jennings post office will instead be delivered to the Garden Post Office in the 8300 block of North Broadway.

Monday, 19 August 2013 22:11
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ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Police in the southwestern Illinois community of Alton are getting help raising money to buy a second police dog.

   Alton police officials and the city's mayor are set to receive about $1,000 from Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons' office on Monday. The city's trying to raise at least $15,000 for the new canine cop by Dec. 1. So far, they've raised $10,000.

   The city has one police dog, after a second retired and a third had to be euthanized because of illness.

 

   If the fundraising beats the deadline, police can buy the new dog and begin training it by February of next year.

 

   Gibbons says the donation from his office is coming from assets that were seized in federal drug cases.

 
Monday, 19 August 2013 08:28
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 PINE LAWN, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis police officer is recovering after injuring his arm while struggling with a suspect.

 

   The officer was one of two Pine Lawn officers who stopped a car at 1:20 a.m. Monday. After two men in the car were told to get out, the driver and an fought over a weapon. That officer hurt his arm in the struggle, but he and his colleague were able to gain control of the weapon.

 

   Charges are expected against the two men.

Monday, 19 August 2013 07:34
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Services will be held today for three teens killed in a car accident in Wildwood last week. 18-year-old Christopher Lenzen and sisters Kathleen and Lauren Oliver died when the car Lenzen was driving veered off the road and struck a house on Homestead Manor Drive. Lenzen was a Marquette graduate ready to study business at Mizzou. 18-year-old Lauren Oliver was a recent graduate of Eureka High School. Her younger sister Kathleen was a senior at Eureka High. Visitation for the Oliver sisters will be held at Windsor Crossing Community Church in Chesterfield from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Funeral  services begin at 1 p.m. Lenzen's visitation is from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin. His funeral will be held Tuesday.

Monday, 19 August 2013 07:21
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois gun owners who fail to report the theft or loss of a weapon will face tougher restrictions under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

   The law beefs up background checks and requires firearm thefts or losses to be reported within 72 hours.

   Quinn signed the bill Sunday at a South Side Chicago park where police officer was fatally shot in 2010. The Chicago Democrat says the restrictions are common sense and will help crack down on crime.

   Democrats State Sen. Kwame Raoul and state Rep. Mike Zalewski sponsored the bill.  It's also supported by Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy.

   The requirement to report thefts goes into effect immediately. The background check changes start next year.

 

 
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   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Online retailer Amazon is severing ties with its online associates in Missouri because of a new state sales tax law.

   Amazon Associates are people who write blogs or product reviews then link to Amazon.com. They collect commissions if people use their link to buy at Amazon.

   The Kansas City Star reports that Amazon blames its decision to sever ties with its Missouri associates on a new state new law that takes effect this month subjecting those transactions to sales taxes. The retailer says it will no longer pay advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon site after Aug. 27.

   Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, a Kanas City Democrat, says lawmakers didn't hear from Amazon when the bill was under debate in the Legislature. 

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KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (AP) — Members of an Air National Guard wing at Whiteman Air Force base have become the first citizen airmen certified to take part in dropping nuclear bombs.

The Kansas City Star reports the Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base has passed the Pentagon's stringent Initial Nuclear Surety Inspection, which means it can assist in delivering nuclear bombs.

The wing's certification by the Air Force Global Strike Force Command enables more than 700 Guardsmen, working alongside active-duty airmen, to load nukes into B-2 Spirit stealth bombers and fly them on the orders of the U.S. president.

The Air Force keeps secret the details of the process for certifying air units for nuclear missions. The inspection at Whiteman took four days, and certification was awarded this month.

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