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Not only was the $96.5 million winning Powerball ticket from the March 22 drawing sold in Missouri, but it was sold at a Mobil gas station in Bridgeton. 
The Bridgeton Mobil, in the 12-thousand block of Natural Bridge Road, will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the jackpot ticket.
 
Missouri Lottery officials say no one has stepped forward yet with the winning ticket. They have until September 18 to claim their prize.
This is Missouri’s sixth-largest prize. The winning numbers from the drawing were: 13, 28, 31, 55, 58 and the Powerball number was 15.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:32
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:18
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   The city of Edwardsville is considering a quarter-percent sales tax increase to help pay for new fire and police stations.  That means shoppers would pay an extra 25 cents on every $100 they spend on goods and services within the city.  The tax hike would raise about $1.2 million in additional revenue each year.  
   Mayor Hal Patton tells Fox 2 News the number of homes has doubled in the city over the last four years, and the number of students at SIU-Edwardsville is also growing.  That growth, he says, is sometimes stretching emergency response times from the ususal 6-8 minutes to 16-to-18 minutes. "We feel these facilities are critically needed and we need to move forward with this plan," he said.
   Mayor Patton says everyone agrees that the new facilities are needed, the only controversy is over how to pay for them. He says a sales tax increase is more fair that the alternatives.  "We're better off having everybody pay a little bit as opposed to having our property tax payers burden the whole cost," he said.   
   The Edwardsville City Council meeting is expected to discuss the proposal at a special meeting on Thursday.
 
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 03:32
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - State utility regulators have publicly released a confidential report detailing how much money has been earned by Ameren Missouri.
   The Missouri Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to unseal a November report that has been at the heart of a complaint alleging the St. Louis-based electric company was earning more than allowed.
   The newly released documents also include testimony from utility regulation consultants hired by Noranda Aluminum, which is leading the challenge of Ameren's electricity rates.
   The consultants said Ameren exceeded its authorized return on equity by $29 million during a 12 month period ending last Sept. 30. But the consultants said Ameren's allowable earnings rate should be adjusted downward. If that adjustment were made, the consultants estimated that Ameren earned $67 million more than what was reasonable.
 
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:51
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is set to present his state budget at a time when Illinois faces an expiring income tax increase and the massive budget shortfall that comes with it.
   The Wednesday speech also falls at the start of what's expected to be one of the toughest gubernatorial campaigns nationwide. Quinn's Republican challenger, businessman Bruce Rauner, has already blasted Quinn for a lack of leadership.
   However, Quinn says he has a five-year plan for Illinois' spending.
   The state's income tax increase expires in January, creating a roughly $1.6 billion hole. Illinois also has billions in unpaid bills.
   Quinn could propose extending the increase, which Republicans say they'll fight. He could also allow it to sunset and back other revenue-generating taxes. Or he could leave it up to the Legislature.
 
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:36
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   IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Highway Patrol says two drivers were killed in a head-on crash when one of them drove north in the southbound lanes of a highway south of St. Louis.
   The crash happened shortly after noon Tuesday on Missouri Hwy. 21 in Jefferson County.
   Investigators said 82 year old Mary E. Burke, of St. Louis, mistakenly entered the southbound lanes. Her car eventually collided with a pickup truck driven by 25 year old James R. Sybert, of De Soto. Burke was pronounced dead at the scene, and Sybert died at a hospital.
   Police said Burke may have driven as far as four miles in the wrong direction.
 
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:17
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   BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17 year old St. Charles girl has been executed in Missouri, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.
   Jeffrey Ferguson was lethally injected just after midnight Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
   The 59 year old was accused of kidnapping Kelli Hall as she finished her shift at a Mobil gas station in St. Charles on Feb. 9, 1989.
   Her frozen body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm.
   Ferguson had expressed remorse for the crime. Supporters said he'd found religion, counseled other inmates and helped start a prison hospice program.
   But St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Ferguson's good deeds in prison didn't make up for the senseless killing of an innocent teenager.
 
 AP's earlier story is below:
 
   The U.S. Supreme Court refused late Tuesday to stop the impending execution of a Missouri man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17 year old girl in 1989.
   The high court released its rulings barely an hour before 59 year old Jeffrey Ferguson was scheduled for lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
   Ferguson's attorneys were challenging, among other things, the state's refusal to disclose where it gets its execution drugs. Their appeals also were denied by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the governor denied a clemency request.
   The execution will mark the state's fifth execution since November.
   Ferguson was accused of kidnapping Kelli Hall shortly before her shift ended at a Mobil gas station in St. Charles on Feb. 9, 1989. Her frozen body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm.
   "Kelli Hall was only 17 when she was abducted from her workplace, raped and brutally murdered," Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement Tuesday evening. "Her life, so full of promise, was brutally taken from her and her family."
   "The jury that convicted Jeffrey Ferguson of Kelli's murder found that the aggravating circumstances for this crime warranted the death penalty," he said in denying the clemency request. "My decision today upholds that appropriate sentence. "
   Missouri switched to a one-drug execution method late last year. The state obtains the drug, pentobarbital, from a compounding pharmacy it refuses to name.
   Ferguson's attorney, Jennifer Herndon, had asked the 8th Circuit to stay the execution, arguing that the state's secretive process prohibited the public from knowing exactly how the drug was made and whether it could cause pain and suffering for the inmate.
   The drug was used in the state's four previous executions, and the inmates showed no outward signs of distress during the execution process.
   A similar request for a stay, arguing that Ferguson wasn't given timely notice of the method being used for his execution, was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
   Ferguson's supporters argue that he has turned his life around behind bars and has been a model prisoner who works with other inmates, helped start a hospice program and performed other good deeds.
   Herndon said Ferguson was an alcoholic who blacked out on the night of the murder, but that he became devoutly religious once sent to death row.
   Ferguson and a friend, Kenneth Ousley, were at a Shell service station in St. Charles on the night of the murder.
   Hall, who worked at the Mobil station across the street, was nearing the end of her eight-hour work shift when she went outside to check the levels of four fuel tanks.
   A witness said Ferguson's Chevrolet Blazer pulled up. The witness saw a man standing close to Hall with a hand in his pocket. Ferguson was carrying a pistol.
   About a half-hour later, a co-worker went looking for Hall. When they found out she was not home and her purse was still at the station, they contacted police. Later, some of her clothing was found by a city worker in the St. Louis County town of Chesterfield.
   On Feb. 22, Warren Stemme was approaching a machine shed on his farm in Maryland Heights, another St. Louis suburb, when he found Hall's frozen body, naked except for socks. She had been strangled.
   An acquaintance suspicious about Ferguson led police to him, and he was convicted of first-degree murder. Ousley pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1993; he is serving a life term but is eligible for parole.
 
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:25
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that declares the paper ballot as the official ballot of Missouri elections.
 
It needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House. The bill would require local elections authorities to phase out the use of some electronic voting machines. Under the bill, voters could only use electronic machines that produce a paper trail of marked votes.
 
All other types of electronic voting machines currently in use for elections could still be used, but could not be replaced once they malfunction.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:21
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Another Republican state lawmaker from eastern Missouri is looking to extend his political career with a bid for a local office.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Republican state Senator Brian Nieves of Washington on Monday filed for election as the Franklin County recorder of deeds. Three other Republicans have also filed for the August GOP primary.
 
Nieves initially filed for re-election to the state Senate but dropped out of the race.
 
On Monday, state Rep. Rick Stream of Kirkwood filed as a candidate for St. Louis County executive. Stream is chairman of the House Budget Committee in Jefferson City.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:19
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new research program at Saint Louis University's law school will analyze administration of the death penalty in Missouri over the past 25 years.
 
   Law students, professors and researchers with the Missouri Capital-Sentencing Research Program will review the 72 executions carried out by the state since 1989 as well as the death sentences handed down to 42 additional inmates.  That includes Jeffrey Ferguson, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for raping and killing a 17-year-old girl a quarter-century ago in suburban St. Louis.
 
   The state Supreme Court has kept detailed trial court reports from each judge presiding over capital cases since Missouri reinstated the death penalty in 1977. Saint Louis University School of Law Dean Michael Wolff is the court's former chief justice.
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