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Move in day for freshman at Washington University is slowing down.

1,600 incoming students started the day with a pep rally at 7:30 and the move in process started at 8:30. The same as previous years, traffic was an issue near campus, but the biggest slow downs are behind us.

School officials say the busiest time is around 10 AM.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:46
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A St. Louis Police officer is in the hospital after an accident on the firing range.

A Police spokeswoman says the officer was training on the range with SWAT around 2 PM when he accidentally shot himself in the left foot. The officer has five years of service on the force. He is in serious but stable condition.

 

Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:44
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Police say a 15-year-old girl is dead after a shooting in North St. Louis. Police say the girl's 20-year-old brother is in custody.

Chief Sam Dotson tweeted that the suspect was mentally-challenged and says the incident illustrates the importance of gun control.

It is not known why the shooting occurred. 

 

Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:17
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man who has gained YouTube fame for spectacular stunts will soar over downtown St. Louis Friday evening in full view of 40,000-plus Cardinals fans, but he promises to stay away from the city's most inviting stunt site - the Gateway Arch.

Plans call for Alexander Polli to jump from a plane flying at 4,000 feet near Busch Stadium, about an hour before the Cardinals host the Atlanta Braves. He'll be wearing a wingsuit - an aerodynamic jumpsuit that allows the wearer to soar for long distances before opening a parachute to land.

Spokeswoman Meghan Spork says Polli will do stunts while flying over downtown for about three minutes. She says he won't fly between the legs of the Arch or land on the Arch grounds.

 
Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:50
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is wading into Missouri's political battle over tax cuts.

Perry told The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes Missouri lawmakers should override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation cutting state income taxes.

A Texas economic development group began airing a radio ad Thursday in Missouri criticizing Nixon's veto and encouraging Missouri businesses to consider moving to Texas. The group also is running a Missouri TV ad touting Texas' low taxes and regulations on businesses.

Perry is to visit Missouri on Aug. 29. He plans to meet with business leaders, speak at a Missouri Chamber of Commerce luncheon and attend an evening event hosted by groups backing a veto override of the tax-cut bill.

Missouri lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to consider veto overrides.

 

Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:49
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Peabody Energy retirees are applauding a court ruling that it remains obligated to continue health-care benefits for some 3,100 retirees of one of the company's former holdings.

An 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' bankruptcy panel on Wednesday overturned U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States' May ruling that Peabody no longer was obliged to pay the benefits.

That ruling linked to the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal, which Peabody spun off in 2007.

While the United Mine Workers of America union cheered Wednesday's development, Peabody says the panel didn't rule on the level of funding required to meet future obligations.

Peabody adds the court found the company was obligated to make the payments until a new labor agreement was approved between Patriot and the UMWA. That came in recent days.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:48
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St. Louis Police Sergeant David Bonenberger is speaking out about his reverse discrimination lawsuit victory against the St. Louis Police Department.

Bonenberger was awarded $620,000 in punitive damages after he was passed over for a department job. He said supervisors told him he shouldn't bother applying for the position, because it was going to be awarded to a black female.

After three years of court battle, Bonenberger says he's happy to have the incident behind him. "Absolute relief it's finally over and I have finally be vindicated," says Bonenberger. "All along their contention was that I was a dishonest liar, fabricating the entire thing."

Bonenberger says he is absolutely concerned about retaliation from within the department, but he has no plans on leaving. 

 

Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:33
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St. Louis did not make a good impression on a pair of brothers driving through the city on a road trip.

The two men say they their car was broken into. Around 3 AM the pair from Michigan decided to park their car and walk to the Arch to get some pictures. As they returned to their car, they saw two men in the car. The suspects ran out of the car and into their own vehicle. As one of the brothers tried to write down their license plate, a suspect fired several shots into the air. One of the bullets hit a window in the nearby Hyatt Hotel. No one was injured.

The brothers say the suspects stole a cell phone charger, wallet, and computer.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:25
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say this year's state fair had the highest attendance levels in more than a decade.

The governor's office says Thursday that more than 961,000 people attended the fair during its 11-day run this month.

That's up almost 5 percent from last year and the highest since 2002, when 1.2 million people went through the fair's gates.

Ticket sales for concerts at the fair's Grandstand topped $2 million, up more than 29 percent from last year to a new record. More than 53,000 fans attended concerts at this year's fair. The most popular performance was by country musician Toby Keith.

The fair ended Aug. 18.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:11
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Crews have just reopened northbound I-55 south of downtown St. Louis after a major accident this morning had the highway shutdown.

Just before 11 AM, two vehicles were overturned in an accident. The crash was near the Potomac exit. Five people, four adults and one child, were taken to the hospital.

Still no word on what caused the accident.

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