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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County councilman says he'll try to halt development of an apartment complex for low-income seniors.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports County Councilman Steve Stenger told a crowd Friday at Oakville High School he'll present a proposal to the council Tuesday to end construction on the complex.

Construction began May 16th on the building, which would have 44 one-bedroom units. The apartments are being built by Ohio-based National Church Residences, a nonprofit senior housing developer, which didn't attend the meeting.

Stenger says there was a breakdown in notifying residents about the complex. But the St. Louis County Planning Commission says it mailed 200 postcards to residents and business within 1,000 feet of the project, and information was posted on the county's website and at the apartment site.

Sunday, 09 June 2013 07:50
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The long-delayed NorthSide Regeneration project in St. Louis is expected to get started by November.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that developer Paul McKee says he is meeting every 10 days with city officials to get the project started as soon as possible.

The $8 billion development by McKee's NorthSide Regeneration LLC is envisioned eventually to include 10,000 homes and millions of square feet of office space in an impoverished two-square-mile area north of downtown St. Louis.

The project got a boost from a Missouri Supreme Court ruling in April that gave the go-ahead to nearly $400 million in city financing for road and street work.

McKee says he is getting more calls from potential tenants now that the lawsuit is finished.

Sunday, 09 June 2013 07:47
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Arch Coal Incorporated says it will scale back operations at two coal mining complexes in Kentucky and Virginia, trimming the work force by more than 100.

The St. Louis-based company said Friday the cutbacks will affect the Cumberland River and Hazard mining complexes.

Company spokeswoman Kim Link says the decision was due on "ongoing coal market challenges."

She says the curtailed operations will cost about 110 jobs — about 65 of them company positions and the rest contractor jobs not controlled by Arch.

The Cumberland River mining complex is in Letcher County in Kentucky and Wise County in Virginia. The Hazard Mining complex is in Perry County, Kentucky.

Link says those eligible workers who are laid off will be offered severance packages.

She says the two complexes still employ nearly 500 workers.

Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:28
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area investment adviser faces up to 40 years in federal prison now that he's admitted pilfering more than $1.8 million from client accounts.

Thirty-four-year-old Greg John Campbell of Ladue pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in St. Louis to two counts of wire fraud.

Authorities say Campbell was working as a Merrill Lynch financial adviser from mid-2006 through October 2011 when he diverted more than $1.4 million from client accounts to his own. One client was 86 years old with dementia.

After going to work for another wealth-management business, authorities say, Campbell stole an additional $360,000 from clients.

Prosecutors say he used the money for a down payment on a home, mortgage payments, lease payments on luxury vehicles, and living expenses.

Sentencing is set for September 10th.

Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:25
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An organization representing city officials from across Missouri is urging Governor Jay Nixon to veto legislation limiting their ability to regulate cellphone towers.

The Missouri Municipal League said Friday the bill could allow placement of large cellphone towers in town squares or residential neighborhoods, which could hurt property values.

But bill supporters say their intent is to encourage the expansion of wireless Internet service across the state. They say the expansion can be hampered when companies have to comply with a hodgepodge of different local regulations that sometimes can be costly.

A Nixon spokesman declined to say whether the governor has any concerns about the bill, noting only that it will receive a thorough review.

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Police are looking for the suspect in a Creve Coeur bank robbery.

The suspect walked in to the Reliance Bank at Olive and Warson this morning, pulled a gun on the teller, and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.

 

Friday, 07 June 2013 17:29
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CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) - Federal investigators say a Union Pacific freight train involved in a collision with another freight train had a signal to stop at the rail intersection where the crash occurred in southeast Missouri.

The May 25 accident occurred when the UP train hit the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at the rail intersection near Chaffee. The accident derailed about two dozen rail cars, destroyed columns supporting a highway overpass and injured seven people, though none seriously.

The National Transportation Safety Board says in its preliminary report released Friday that signal data show the UP train had a signal indication to stop at the intersection, and the BNSF train had a signal to proceed through the intersection.

The report also says the damage is estimated at $11 million.

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CAPE GIRAREAU, Mo. (AP) - A Cape Girardeau man is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and son.

The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney said George Edwin Joseph was charged with murdering his wife, 57-year-old Mary Joseph, and 18-year-old son, Matthew Joseph, while they slept May 30.

Joseph was hospitalized after the shooting with a gunshot wound to the head.

The Southeast Missourian reports a probable cause statement said Joseph was depressed and facing "significant financial issues" that affected several other individuals. Police say Joseph told them he shot his wife and son so they would not face the shame of financial ruin.

Joseph is in custody on a $5 million cash-only bond.

 
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A nearly 2-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas City is closed after a tanker truck crashed and exploded into flames, injuring the driver.

 

   The single-vehicle accident occurred early Friday when the tanker hit a median and caught fire. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the truck was hauling a flammable solvent, some of which spilled after the crash.

 

   Jesse Skinner, district maintenance engineer for the transportation department, says the driver was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

 

   He says crews from the fire department, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency were at the scene to ensure the solvent was contained. He says there's no threat to public safety.

 

   The highway department says the highway could be closed until late Friday.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A 140-year-old Illinois prison housing the state's toughest criminals could one day be home to a modern and ecologically friendly power-generator.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers in Illinois reported Friday that Department of Corrections officials are studying whether Menard Correctional Center in southwestern Illinois could be run by waste products from other prisons.

Officials say wood, paper and food waste could be burned to generate about 10 percent of the power used at Menard, a 3,600-inmate prison built in the 1870s that's located about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Jen Aholt is the CEO of Illinois Correctional Industries. She says the industries division could turn the refuse into dried, burnable pellets and transport them to Menard.

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