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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A female student says she was sexually assaulted in a library bathroom at Lindenwood University.

The St. Charles school sent email and emergency text message alerts to its students on Friday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police and campus security are investigating.

The woman told police she was attacked in a downstairs bathroom in Butler Library between 10 p.m. and midnight Tuesday. The student said her attacker was hiding in a stall and came at her from behind. She ran away after a brief struggle.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wal-Mart is seeking to intervene in a dispute about electric rates between Ameren Missouri and its largest electric customer.

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation has sought about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

Wal-Mart filed a motion Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission asking to intervene in the case.

In its filing, Wal-Mart says a lower rate for Noranda could significantly affect its own electric bills. Wal-Mart operates 73 stores in Missouri that consume a combined 190 million kilowatts per hour in electricity.

Noranda says Ameren is overearning and that lowering its rate would only increase other customers' bills by 1.8 percent or less. Ameren disagrees and says it will fight the rate reduction.

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UPDATE: The 3-year-old boy reported missing earlier this afternoon has been found safe in Springfield, Missouri. Police say Jamil Hanson took Jaden Hansen from the boy's mother earlier today. An Amber Alert was issued. Jaden seems to be in good condition.

 

Bolivar, MO (KTRS) - An Amber Alert has been issued after police say a three-year-old boy was taken from his mother in Bolivar, Missouri.

 

Jaden Hanson was last seen with Jamil Hanson. Jamil is described as a 29-year-old black male, 5' 9" tall, and 212 pounds. Jaden was wearing a white jumper when he was taken. Jamil was seen driving from the scene in a white Hyundai with Missouri plates C-J-7-D-0-K. If anyone has information or sees the pair, they can dial 911.

 

Bolivar, 30 miles north of Springfield

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Health care advocates are making an extra push to get people signed up for insurance through a federal website before a March 31 deadline.
   The Cover Missouri Coalition says about 40 enrollment events are planned Saturday around the state, including some featuring live music, free food and advice from tax preparers. Dozens of additional events are planned in the coming days.
   The coalition also will be running new online and radio advertisements between now and the end of the month.
   People who don't have insurance by March 31 could face tax penalties under the terms of President Barack Obama's health care law.
   The Missouri Foundation for Health says about 68,000 Missouri residents had enrolled in health plans through the federally run online marketplace as of last month.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The U.S. government is consolidating Veterans Affairs operations in the St. Louis area, meaning more than 800 jobs will be moving out of downtown St. Louis and to St. Louis County.
 
   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 640 VA employees will leave a building on South 18th Street, and 180 more will move from the Robert A. Young Federal Building downtown. All will be relocated to Overland in St. Louis County.
 
   Jason Klumb of the General Services Administration's regional office in Kansas City says the relocation is occurring as part of the government's preference to put employees in GSA-owned buildings.
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WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) - The Normandy School District has gone through a difficult year and is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. But a high school chorale group is excelling, earning a trip to Carnegie Hall.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Normandy High School Chorale boarded a plane Friday for New York, where they'll join other top high school choirs from around the country for a performance Sunday night.
 
The school district in St. Louis County is unaccredited. A Missouri Supreme Court ruling last summer paved the way for hundreds of Normandy students to transfer to better-performing schools, at the district's cost.
 
The district couldn't afford to send the chorale group to New York, but a nonprofit group called Beyond Housing helped generate $16,000 from private donors.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging Illinois' caps on political donations is unlikely to be resolved before the 2014 elections.
 
That means limits put in place after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment will probably remain in place for the rest of this election season.
 
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that a federal judge this week dismissed most of the challenges brought by the Liberty Justice Center.
 
The judge kept one element of it alive for debate, but an attorney for the Chicago-based group says it will take months to play out.
 
As a result, attorney Jacob Huebert says it's unlikely it will be settled by November.
 
The group argues the donation limits in the 2009 law are unconstitutional because contributions from legislative leaders are not capped in general elections.
 
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