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Following the success of an exhibition soccer match at Busch Stadium, two more international teams will square off in St. Louis, this time at the Edward Jones Dome. Tickets go on sale today for Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan, who will take to the field August 10 at 1:00pm. Turf at the dome will be replaced with natural grass in preparation for the match. Tickets went on sale at 9 this morning and are expected to go fast. Seating capacity at the dome will be around 67,000.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 120 years for a deadly apartment shooting.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael David sentenced 36-year-old Donnell Rivers Friday for first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Rivers fired into the apartment multiple times in December 2010, killing 26-year-old Cynthia Williams. None of the other three people in the apartment were hurt.
A statement from Williams' mother was read during the hearing. The statement said that Rivers "should never be allowed to hurt anyone else." An assistant circuit attorney also said that Rivers had been placed on parole four months before the shooting.
COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a southwestern Illinois man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend on the same day both were expected in court regarding a protection order against him.
Jordan Kuykendall was charged with first-degree murder Saturday in the death of 17-year-old Erin Schneider. Her body was found Thursday in Kuykendall's home in Columbia, southeast of St. Louis.
Kuykendall is being held on a $1 million bond. Police say he isn't cooperating and has an attorney.
Schneider's body was found after her parents asked police to check Kuykendall's residence. Her mother had obtained a protective order against Kuykendall on her daughter's behalf two weeks earlier.
Kuykendall is under police guard at a St. Louis hospital where he's being treated for injuries he sustained in a car accident Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 35-year-old man with a history of domestic violence killed his wife and son before fatally shooting himself.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the man cut lawns for his landlord. When the man didn't show up for work Saturday, the landlord went to the south St. Louis home that the family recently moved into and found the bodies.
The man's 26-year-old wife and 3-year-old child had been shot multiple times. Police didn't immediately release their names.
Police say the man had been charged in May with hitting his wife with a tire iron.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Seven defendants accused in a pre-arranged funeral scam have been offered plea deals that would allow them to avoid potential life sentences.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch outlined the plea offers on Friday. The deal would require five to 10 years in prison in exchange for guilty pleas. The case is being handled in federal court in St. Louis.
U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan cited the high cost of trials that could last three months.
Prosecutors say now-defunct National Prearranged Services Inc. operated like a Ponzi scheme before it was shut down in 2008. Customers were allegedly bilked of up to $600 million.
One former employee, 69-year-old Sharon Nekol Province, pleaded guilty earlier this month. Sentencing is November 7th.
WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) — A Washington Park, Illinois police officer has been accused of smuggling narcotics to a female jail inmate.
Authorities say the officer is 61-year-old Douglas Young of Lebanon. Young was arrested Thursday morning in his police uniform at the Washington Park Police Department. He has been charged with official misconduct for bringing narcotics and prescription drugs to an inmate of the St. Clair County Jail.
St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson says Young allegedly "used his position as a law enforcement officer" to arrange jail visits to a woman in custody on theft charges.
Young is being held at the St. Clair County Jail. His bond has been set at $25,000. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.
Washington Park is just east of St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An audit by the Federal Office of Inspector General says Missouri should pay back more than $21 million in federal Medicaid payments made to a state-operated children's hospital in St. Louis County.
The audit found that Hawthorn Children's Psychiatric Hospital failed for five years to fulfill regulatory requirements to qualify for the federal Medicaid reimbursements.
Missouri Department of Social Services spokeswoman Rebecca Woelfel says the department disagrees with the audit and will continue to defend its position. The state also filed a letter disagreeing with the finding.
The Office of Inspector General cannot require the state to pay back the money. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will decide whether to seek repayment of some or all of the money, and Missouri can appeal that decision.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials have granted a southeastern New Mexico company's request to open a horse slaughterhouse. Officials also say Friday that they plan to grant similar permits to operations in Iowa and Missouri.
With the action, Valley Meat Co. of Roswell is set to become the first operation in the nation licensed to process horses into meat.
The company has been fighting for approval from the Department of Agriculture for more than a year with a request that ignited debate over whether horses are livestock or companions.
The decision comes months after Valley Meat Co. sued the USDA, accusing it of intentional delays because the Obama Administration opposes horse slaughter.
Valley Meat Co. wants to ship horse meat to countries where people cook with it or feed it to animals.
A sigh of relief from Illinois drivers. IDOT has postponed this weekend's planned closure of the McKinley Bridge.
Crews were set to clean and seal the bridge. IDOT said they delayed the work because of the possibility of rain. The work has been rescheduled for the weekend of July 12, but that is work is dependent on weather.
This is the second time work has been delayed--it was originally scheduled for the weekend of the Komen Race for the Cure.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has frozen $400 million of spending for education, capital improvements and state services because of concerns that legislators could override his veto of an income tax bill.
Nixon announced the spending restrictions Friday while signing a nearly $25 billion operating budget for the 2014 fiscal year that starts next Monday.
Earlier this month, the Democratic governor vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have phased in a tax deduction for business income over the next five years. That bill also would have gradually reduced the income tax rate for individuals and corporations over the next decade.
Lawmakers would need a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers to override Nixon's veto during a September session.
Nixon says the bill could cost Missouri hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.