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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missourians to walk, run, bike, paddle and hike throughout Missouri during the rest of the year.

The governor is promoting a 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to encourage physical activity. He'll officially kick off the challenge in St. Louis and Springfield this weekend. The event coincides with National Trails Day on Saturday.

Missouri has almost 1,000 miles of trails within the state park system and more than 500 miles of trails federally designated as National Recreation Trails.

 
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 07:35
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   Homeless advocate Reverend Larry Rice wants to help St. Louis County build a shelter for homeless women and children.  

   Rice announced Tuesday that his New Life Evangelistic Center was gifted with two vacant lots in the 3900 block of Lada.  That's near Natural Bridge and North Hanley just outside of Bel-Ridge.  Rice says he'll give them to St. Louis County for a shelter.  

   Rice says it's time for County Executive Charlie Dooley to make good on his promise to help the county's homeless.  "We have to do something immediately," he said.  "Unbelievable pressure is being put on us with so many, many, people who are coming to us downtown."

   Rice says he plans to present his proposal at the County Council meeting next week.  

   A spokesperson said county leaders will certainly listen.

 
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 03:56
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   St. Louis County Police say a bomb scare that forced the evacuation of about 30 Spanish Lake residents Tuesday afternoon was a false alarm.  

   It began about 4:30 p.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Twillman Avenue. 

   Investigators say family members had been going through the belongings of an elderly man who'd recently died when they came upon a box marked 1954.  The relatives had already found blasting caps nearby and they initially thought the pipes and other materials in the box were old explosives. So they called police.  

   The County's Bomb and Arson Squad was called in and an area of about 300 yards around the home was evacuated.  

   The elderly gentleman had been a pilot and it turned out the box contained old aircraft parts and not  explosives. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 01:37
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   A St. Louis man is among the dead after an EF5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma last week.  The twister killed 24 people and among them, St. Louis native Leslie Johnson.  

   Johnson's ex-wife and three children live in south St. Louis.  His family says Johnson had gone to Oklahoma two months ago to search for work.  

   Johnson had taken refuge in a closet when the storm hit and was killed when the building he was in was flattened.  

   A funeral home in Oklahoma City donated the cremation services, but his family needs help paying for a funeral.   Donations can be made at the following website.

 

 

 

 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration says a suburban St. Louis pharmaceutical company is wrong for marketing its pseudoephedrine product to imply methamphetamine cannot be made with it.

But Westport Pharmaceuticals insists its Zephrex-D is impractical as an ingredient for meth, even if small amounts of the drug can be extracted from it. The Maryland Heights, Mo., company began selling the cold and allergy medication last year.

The DEA's acting special agent in charge of the St. Louis office, James Shroba, sent Westport a letter dated May 6 and called the company out on its marketing of Zephrex-D as meth-resistant.

Westport spokeswoman Emilie Dolan said Tuesday that only small amounts of meth can be extracted. She says it would cost meth-makers $250 to $500 to make a single dose using Zephrex-D.

 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 17:35
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St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings is expanding its presence in the largest city in the Midwest.

Enterprise announced the purchase of IGO--a non-profit car-sharing company in Chicago. IGO was created as a pilot program to encourage city residents to use multiple forms of transportation and lower family's transportation costs.

This is not the first foray into car-sharing for Enterprise. They also purchased Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia. Every IGO employee has been offered a job with Enterprise. 

 

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Dangerous weather seems likely any season in Missouri. A new list released by Yahoo Finance supports that observation.

The Show Me State appears in the top ten states most at risk for major disasters. Missouri is in the tenth spot with 53 major disaster declarations since 1953. Texas tops the list with 86 declarations.

You can see the full list here.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:44
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MoDOT is warning of slow traffic tomorrow morning on Interstate 70 near Mid Rivers Mall Drive.

Police officers will slow down traffic in both directions at 9 AM and 11 AM Wednesday. The slowdowns will last up to ten minutes and take place between Route 79 and Route 370. This is part of work to create a new interchange on the highway and add a new lane of traffic.

Information on how to avoid the work zone can be found at modot.org.

 

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St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations is the architecture firm who will be building the new Cardinal's Hall of Fame.

The museum will be part of the first phase of Ballpark Village. The Cardinals will be displaying a wide collection of memorabilia in the 8,000 square foot space.

No word on when plans will be available for the public to view.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  • The Illinois Senate Executive Committee defeated legislation allowing the public possession of firearms, a bill that just last week passed the House 85-30.

The Democratic-controlled committee voted 6-8 on Tuesday. Opponents objected to the plan sponsored by Democratic Sen. Gary Forby of Benton, saying it'd curb all local firearms ordinances.

Committee Chairman Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, says such pre-emption is "a bridge too far."

The committee's taking up a Democratic measure that leaves local firearms regulations in place — city ordinances such as Chicago's assault-weapons ban.

 
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