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   Good news for the growing resident population in the Delmar Loop:  A grocery store is coming.  

   Washington University will formally announce on Thursday that specialty grocer Global Foods Market has agreed to lease nearly 15,000 square feet in the five-story student apartment building going up at Delmar and Eastgate.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it will be the second Global Foods Market in the metro area.  The first opened in Kirkwood in 1999.  

   The paper reports that Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards will put his new Peacock Loop Diner in the building next door.  

   The Lofts of Washington University will house about 600 students beginning in August of next year (2014).

Thursday, 18 July 2013 03:37
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   The Francis Howell school board will meet Thursday night to hammer out the nuts and bolts of accepting transfer students from the failing Normandy school district.  The board will vote on issues including class size limits, tuition and a payment schedule.  

   District officials want average class sizes to remain at or below desirable levels outlined by the state department of education.  At that level, the district would have room for about 600 transfer students.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as of Wednesday, 196 students had applied to transfer into the district.  

   The district is also expected to approve a tuition rate of $11,034 per student, enough to allow them to hire a part time administrator to answer parents' questions, and assist in placing transfer students from Normandy.

   Normandy students have until August 1 to file transfer applications.  Class begins in Francis Howell schools on August 8. 

Thursday, 18 July 2013 03:25
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One man faces charges, including first degree murder, for allegedly shooting two men Tuesday night.

Police say 20-year-old Ralph Cato approached three people as they sat on the front porch of a home near Fairgrounds Park and started shooting. The shots hit two men, critically injuring one man and killing the other. The victim has been ID'ed as Charles Moorehead.

Prosecutors issued six felony charges against Cato, ranging from murder to assault and armed criminal action.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:43
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - State utility regulators have approved a deal combining Missouri's two largest natural gas companies.

The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement that allows Laclede Gas Co. to purchase Missouri Gas Energy.

Laclede Gas serves about 630,000 customers in the St. Louis area and parts of eastern Missouri. Missouri Gas Energy serves more than 500,000 customers in the Kansas City area and parts of western Missouri.

St. Louis-based Laclede Gas announced last December that it would pay about $1 billion to buy Missouri Gas Energy and New England Gas Co.

The deal approved by Missouri regulators bars Laclede Gas from seeking a general rate increase in its current service area until October 2015. But it could seek an immediate rate increase for the Missouri Gas Energy territory.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:36
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St. Louis County Police believe a drug deal gone bad is the reason two men were shot late Tuesday night.

Around 11:30 PM officers were called about a shooting in Jennings. Investigators believe a drug transaction was underway when two men standing outside a vehicle decided to rob two other men who were inside a vehicle. One person in the car then pulled a gun of his owner and shot the would-be robbers.

Both of the victims are reported to be 22 years old and hospitalized.  No names have been released. 

 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:27
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   St. Clair County officials say charges could come as soon as Thursday against a teenage driver suspected in a hit and run accident that killed a 9 year old boy last week.

   Authorities located 17 year old Kevin Powell earlier Wednesday afternoon. Police started looking for Powell after they found the vehicle believed involved in the accident yesterday.

   Nine year old Fabian Teson was hit while riding is bike near Cahokia last Thursday. Teson died at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital on Saturday.  His funeral is set for Thursday, one week after he was struck.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 23:47
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The visitation for the nine-year-old boy shot and killed while riding in a car with his father last week.

Family and friends will say goodbye to Tyrese Short this afternoon. The visitation runs from 3PM to 7PM at the Friendly Temple Church in North St. Louis. Tyrese lived with his mother in Texas, but was spending the summer with his father in St. Louis. He was in a car with his father at 3:30 in the morning last Wednesday when someone opened fire on the car, hitting only Tyrese. He died the next day at the hospital.

His funeral will be held Thursday morning.

The family has set up a donation fund to help with funeral expenses. You can donate to that fund at any PNC Bank.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:29
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A standoff in Maryland Heights is over and ended without violence.

Police were called to a house near the intersection of Olive and Fee Fee Road. A suspect in the house was threatening to hurt himself and police. The suspect's brother told police that the man could have been suffering drug withdrawal symptoms. Around 4 this morning, the man surrendered to authorities.

The suspect's name has not been released and no injuries were reported. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:27
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   The St. Clair County States Attorney is considering charges after a six year old child got a hold of a gun and shot an 11 year old boy in Belleville Tuesday night.  

   Belleville police spokesman Mark Heffernan says it happened when three children were playing upstairs in a home during a family barbecue.  Police say the handgun didn't belong to the owners of the house but may have come from someone who was staying there.  

   Eleven year old Leonard Smith, Jr. was shot in the head and died on the way to the hospital.

   Police say Smith lived in East St. Louis and was visiting the family in Belleville.

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He may be "gettin by on Central Time" but St. Louis' own Pokey LeFarge has made the big time out East.

The 30-year-old and his band appeared with David Letterman on Late Night with David Letterman last night to huge applause and an enthusiastic Letterman. Their musical style is known as "American Roots" genre. Letterman joked about going on tour with the band at the end of their performance. 





According to his bio, Andrew Heissler aka Pokey LaFarge took an interest in history and literature during his childhood and was greatly influenced by his grandfathers. One was a member of the St. Louis Banjo Club, who gave Pokey his first guitar and tenor banjo. The other, an amateur historian, taught LaFarge about the American Civil War and World War II.  

LeFarge met Ryan Koenig and Joey Glynn of the St. Louis band The Rum Drum Ramblers while he was playing on a street in Asheville, North Carolina. Adam Hoskins joined Glynn and Koenig to form the South City Three. As of late 2012 / early 2013, the group were joined by TJ Muller (cornet) and Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet).

https://www.facebook.com/PokeyLaFarge

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