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COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) - A southeast Kansas man was sentenced to five years in prison for selling a drug that led to another man's overdose death.

Thirty-five-year-old David Tirrell of Scammon was sentenced Wednesday in Cherokee County for involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded guilty in January in the July 2012 death of 22-year-old Jordan Krokroskia, of Baxter Springs. He was initially charged with felony murder. The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/W5HCXC ) Krokroskia, a student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, died of a drug overdose.

Tirrell admitted in January that he sold a Fentanyl patch to Krokroskia, who was found dead at his home. An autopsy showed he died from Fentanyl intoxication. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid roughly 100 times more powerful than morphine.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:28
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Snow is beginning to fall in the St. Louis area.

Fox 2 meteorologists Glenn Zimmerman and Angela Hutti have the following report on the storm:

The track of the storm changed overnight and there may be more snow than ice expected in the St. Louis area but there is still a chance of sleet and freezing rain. Two to three inches of accumulations will be the rule in metro St Louis, but if we experience more thunder-like weather, we could see more.

We will keep you up to date on storm's progress and road conditions through the day.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:48
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The next phase of the planned improvements to the Arch grounds is set to get underway this summer.

Crews had already planned to begin construction of the "lid" over I-70.

Now, the rebuild of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, which runs along the riverfront at the base of the Arch steps, will also start this year. The road will be elevated and redesigned to include bike paths and pedestrian walkways.

Funding had already been in place for the $47 million park that will cap the highway. Newly found savings from that project will help fund the other.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that engineers have determined that the concrete walls of the "depressed section" of I-70 don’t need to be replaced, as originally thought. So the $11-million cost savings on that project will fund the Leonor K. Sullivan rebuild.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:34
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The Ellisville City Council is moving forward with an effort to oust Mayor Adam Paul. The council voted 5-2 Wednesday night to have the city attorney draft an impeachment resolution against Paul. Only Paul and Councilwoman Linda Reel opposed the resolution.

The move comes just two days after the Ellisville Charter Enforcement Commission unanimously recommended that the impeachment complaint be thrown out.

Ironically, it's Martin who will present the resolution at the March 6th council meeting.

The specifics of the complaint against the mayor haven't been released, but Martin has clashed frequently with other council members over a controversial Walmart TIF that was passed last year. Martin had been elected last spring after campaigning against the TIF.

The mayor's attorney, Chet Pleban, says the impeachment effort will be met with litigation.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:10
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Police say a tense situation at Peabody Plaza Wednesday evening was a false alarm.

The St. Louis City police bomb and arson squad was called to the downtown plaza just after 6:00 pm because of a suspicious backpack. Police sealed off the area around 7th street and Market along with 8th and Chestnut as a precaution.

Peabody Energy has been the target of recent labor protests.

A search of the backpack, revealed that it contained only clothes.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:32
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Two St. Louis Police officers are in the hospital after being shot Wednesday night while answering a home alarm call in Baden. The officers had been called to a boarded up home in the 900 block of Elias Avenue about 11 p.m.

Police say a man at the home fired shots at the officers without warning.

The officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times. He's in critical condition at St. Louis University Hospital.

Both officers were taken to Barnes Hospital. A 31 year old female officer was shot in the foot. A 26 year old male officer was shot in the back. Both are expected to recover.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:25
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House Democrat's plan would send colleagues to prison for Representative Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, introduced the bill Friday in response to a Republican House member's proposal to jail lawmakers for introducing gun control measures.

Roorda says he was "inspired" by the GOP approach to protecting gun rights and he wants to do the same for unions. Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, is sponsoring the bill banning gun-control legislation.

Both measures would give lawmakers prison terms of up to four years for proposing gun restrictions or anti-union bills.

The Republican-led Legislature is currently working on proposals to curb collective bargaining by limiting the ability of unions to collect fees from employees' paychecks.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:31
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WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) - A judge for the second time in four months has thrown out a lawsuit blaming a televangelist for a former employee's killings of his wife and two sons.

Associate Judge Richard Aguirre dismissed the suit Wednesday in Monroe County. Aguirre ruled that he can't see any way how Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries could have foreseen that Christopher Coleman would kill his family.

Christopher Coleman killed his wife and sons at the Coleman's Columbia home in 2009. He was serving as Meyer's security chief. He's now serving a life sentence.

The lawsuit by Sheri Coleman's family says the ministry knew Christopher Coleman was unhappily married, did nothing to investigate threats against Coleman's family and didn't warn Sheri Coleman.

Attorneys behind the suit say they'll appeal.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:27
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Officials from St. Louis and surrounding communities are encouraging residents to sign up for a weather alert system.

KSDK reports that St. Louis and St. Peters both participate in the Nixle Emergency Message system. St. Louis residents, text STLCEMA to 888777 to receive updates.

St. Peters residents should register through the city's website, www.stpetersmo.net
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:21
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A downtown St. Louis casino and its parent company, Pinnacle Entertainment is making a hefty donation to help with hot spot policing. Lumiere Place will give the St. Louis police half-a-million dollars over the next five years. They presented the donation to Police Chief Sam Dotson at a meeting Wednesday.
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