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Fire damaged at the House of India restaurant in University City. The front door is boarded up following a fire overnight Friday. The building is now condemned. The fire started around 12:15 a.m. at the 20-year-old restaurant which is located at Delmar Blvd.and Berick Drive. University City firefighters got a call for reports of smoke coming from the roof. Crews found a fire in the kitchen. They were able to keep the fire to the kitchen and put it out in less than 45 minutes. The restaurant had only been closed a couple of hours. There are no reports of injuries.
Friday, 15 March 2013 07:58
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A former Boy Scout troop volunteer will be sentenced in May after being convicted of a dozen counts of sexual abuse involving a teenage boy.

St. Clair County jurors Thursday convicted 55 year old John Demers after less than two hours of deliberation.

The charges involved a teenager who said Demers had inappropriate contact with him between 2005 and 2011.

Demer's attorney says his client maintains his innocence.
Friday, 15 March 2013 02:51
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He may not be coming back, but it is clear Chief Illiniwek still has strong support among University of Illinois students.

Almost 80 percent of the more than 11,500 students who voted in a recent campus referendum said they believed the American Indian mascot should be the symbol of the university's Urbana-Champaign campus.

University officials say that's not going to happen.

The university dropped the Chief mascot in 2007 under pressure from the NCAA.
Friday, 15 March 2013 02:45
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There's a fight brewing in Jefferson City over new education standards in math and English, called the Common Core.

The national standards define the skills and knowledge students should have. And proponents say Missouri students need Common Core in order to stay competitive with students from 45 other states that have adopted them.

But some state lawmakers are balking, claiming that the move to Common Core will give federal education officials too much control over local schools. Senator John Lamping co-sponsored a bill to repeal Common Core in Missouri. The Ladue Republican has accused federal education officials of coercion. He and other opponents have also questioned the cost of implementation, since the standards call for computerized testing.

The State's Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says the new standards only outline what students should know, not how schools and teachers should go about teaching, because Common Core doesn't dictate curriculum.

Both Missouri and Illinois adopted the standards in 2010. Illinois will achieve full implementation in the 2013-14 school year, a full year ahead of the Show-me state.
Friday, 15 March 2013 02:10
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One person is dead and two others injured after a hit-and-run driver crashed into another vehicle in north St. Louis. Police say the suspect was driving a Ford Explorer Thursday afternoon when he first sideswiped a vehicle near Market and 9th. The driver didn't stop however, he continued down I-70, exiting onto Branch street when he ran a stop sign at North Broadway. There's when he T-boned a Pontiac with three people inside. The driver of the Pontiac was pronounced dead at the scene. The two passangers were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The Jaws of Life had to be used to rescue the survivors of the crash.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:37
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The City of St. Louis Streets Department is now confident they'll have Market Street repaired in time for the big St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday. A water main break around 10:30 last night on Market between 16th and 17th was the cause of major problems. Water began gushing into the intersection just as fans were leaving the Bon Jovi concert at Scottrade last night. The water was shut off around midnight, but Market Street remains closed between 16th and 17th. That's right in front of the downtown Post Office.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:36
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Legendary musician Bob Dylan is performing at the Peabody Opera House April 23. A source tells KTRS news an official announcement is expected later today from the staff at Peabody. Tickets are expected to go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:00
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A 55-year-old Maryville, Illinois man hanged himself Thursday morning in his cell at Madison County Jail. Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz says jail staff found the man at approximately 5:30 a.m. He'd hanged himself using personal undergarments.

Hertz said the inmate had been jailed since August 24, 2011 on the following criminal charges: aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated unlawful restraint, solicitation to commit home invasion, solicitation to commit aggravated kidnapping, solicitation to commit residential burglary, and unlawful possession of contraband in a penal institution (for making homemade weapons at the county jail).

The solicitation and contraband charges were filed against the inmate Wednesday after detectives learned he was planning to attack the woman he allegedly sexually assaulted in August 2011. Guards at the county jail administered emergency medical treatment until Edwardsville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services arrived and determined the inmate had died. Per sheriff's office protocol, the Madison County Coroner's Office, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Corrections were notified of the suicide and are conducting a joint investigation.

The inmate's name is not being released.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:33
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St Louis based utility Ameren Corporation is getting rid of its troubled Illinois power generating business.

They claim dumping the Illinois coal plants will reduce business risk, improve earnings and strengthen its balance sheet. Ameren executives say the company will focus on its utilities and the expansion of its transmission system.

Dynegy Inc. will buy the five Ameren coal-fired power plants representing more than 4,100 megawatts of generating capacity as well as Ameren’s power marketing business.

Ameren will receive no cash in the deal, but it will benefit by offloading $825 million of debt tied to the generating business. The company said it will also realize $180 million in tax benefits.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:17
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A broken water main could cause delays for drivers in downtown St. Louis. The City Streets Department hopes to have it repaired by 5 p.m. Friday, in time for the St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.

The water main burst overnight Thursday at Market and 17th Streets near the main post office.

Water began gushing into the intersection of Market and 16th around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, just as fans were beginning to leave a Bon Jovi concert at the Scottrade Center.

The water was shut off around midnight, but there is significant damage to Market Street. It is closed between 16th and 17th streets.The main has been shut off and crews are working to repair the pavement.

The parade and run routes are expected to go through the intersection on Saturday. Both the water and street department said there's going to be a run and parade, but they will have a backup plan in case the job isn't finished.
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