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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man is trying to get a routine state benefit after his partner died in the line of duty, even though the state does not recognize gay marriage.

Kelly Glossip is suing the Missouri Highway Patrol for denying benefits designed for the surviving spouse of a slain public safety official. His partner, Dennis Engelhard, was hit and killed by a vehicle while investigating an accident in 2009.

The Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday, with Glossip's attorney arguing that survival benefits should not be denied on the basis of sexual orientation. The state says the benefits are intended for spouses and the men's relationship does not fall into that classification.

The court did not rule on the case and offered no timetable for a decision.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:16
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A disciplinary hearing for a St. Louis police officer has taken a new twist after the accuser was arrested following his testimony.

Jerrmaine Lacy has accused officer Charles Proctor of using excessive force during an arrest in July at Lumiere Place Casino. Lacy says the officer choked him and slammed his head into a squad car bumper.

The department's internal affairs division has recommended the firing of Proctor, a nine-year veteran. The hearing is expected to run through Thursday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lacy was arrested on four outstanding warrants of trespassing and failure to appear in court. The arrest was prompted by a letter to police chief Sam Dotson from Proctor's attorney, Chet Pleban.

Dotson says the arrest is separate from the hearing.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:11
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri legislation could land teachers and doctors in trouble if they ask students about gun ownership or note such information from patients on medical records.

A state Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would bar school personnel from asking students whether their parents or guardians own guns. Violators could face a $200 fine.

The bill would also bar medical professionals from putting information about a patient's firearm into a medical record unless it relates to the patient's immediate medical care or safety.

That language was added by Republican Sen. Brian Nieves, of Washington. He says the bill would prevent inappropriate questions about firearm ownership.

But Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, a physician from St. Joseph, said there shouldn't be limits on what doctors can insert in medical records.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:57
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A woman accused of robbing a smoke shop last weekend made off with only $7.50, but she now faces a huge bail.

Police say 29-year-old Lori Sisak robbed the cashier at knifepoint on Saturday night, but the employee claimed she could not open the cash drawer without a purchase. That is when Sisan allegedly grabbed coins from a tip jar. She is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:38
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SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) - A 97-year-old southeast Missouri resident has died after catching himself on fire while smoking a cigar.

KFVS-TV reports that John Yount of Sikeston died Tuesday. A relative told police that Yount had frequently fallen asleep while smoking and apparently caught himself on fire while smoking a cigar.

Sikeston police arrived at Yount's home to find him with severe burns. He was taken to a hospital in Cape Girardeau, then transferred to St. Louis, where he died later Tuesday
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:21
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has rescheduled oral arguments in a case stemming from a state law that allows students to transfer out of unaccredited school districts.

The case was scheduled to be heard Wednesday. But the court agreed to move it to March 5 because of this week's snowstorm.

The school transfer case was filed by families who were paying to send their children to public schools in suburban Clayton when St. Louis lost accreditation in 2007. They argued St. Louis should pick up the tab.

But the St. Louis district is no longer subject to the law after regaining provisional accreditation last year. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has argued that the change in St. Louis' accreditation status makes the case largely moot.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:40
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Dyanthony Proudie faces multiple charges, including murder in the first degree for allegedly killing Ebony Jackson.

Police say that he and Jackson had reconnected recently. While Jackson and was running a bath at Proudie's apartment, police say the 40 year old shot Jackson in the head. Proudie then allegedly took her body and stuffed it in the trunk of her car.

Police found Jackson's son abandoned in the hallway of a Breckenridge Hills apartment complex on January 4 and Jackson's body on January 8.

Proudie has previous convictions in 1990 for Burglary and 1992 for Assault in the 2nd Degree. He was also on probation for multiple offenses in 2012.

No word on if Prosecutors will seek the death penalty.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:28
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A mother-daughter lottery playing duo win big in Missouri's Mega Millions drawing. 44-year-old Tina Wrzesinski of Overland and her 62-year-old mother Odessa Chanley of East Prairie have claimed a $250,000 prize.

The women say they play Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto every week, and this time, it was Mega Millions that finally paid off for the licensed practical nurse and retired convenience store manager.  The two plan to pay off their bills and mortgage. 

 
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What goes up forces another building to come down--one in Dogtown the other downtown.

The Bowling Hall Of Fame is coming down to make room for the first phase of construction for Ballpark Village outside Busch Stadium.

The old KTVI (Channel 2) building at Hampton and Berthold avenues in southwest St. Louis is being bulldozed to make way for a Mercedes Benz dealership. Tri-Star Imports, now in Ellisville, plans to open a car lot there later this year.

The Berthold building survived a tornado in 1959 which took out the station's tower and caused damaged to the building.

The station moved to Maryland Heights in 2008. 

 
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Children on their way to school this morning in East St. Louis made a gruesome discovery: a dead body laying in an open field. East St. Louis Police say the 52-year-old male victim was found shot to death around 7am near North 28th Street and Ohio Avenue.

The victim was reported missing by his family. Police are not releasing his identity but are treating the man's death as a homicide. 

 
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