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The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a winter storm warning for a mixture of freezing rain... sleet... and snow... which is in effect from 9 am Thursday to midnight Thursday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

* Timing... precipitation will overspread the area during late Thursday morning starting around 9am and will become heavy at times the rest of the day and for the drive home from work and then taper off during the evening. The precipitation will tend to be more snow early in the event but is expected to become mixed with or transition to sleet and freezing rain during the day on Thursday before tapering off as freezing drizzle Thursday evening. Precipitation will tend to be more freezing rain south of interstate 70 and more snow north of interstate 70.

* Accumulations... snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 6 inches, along with up to two tenths of an inch of ice.

* Winds... southeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Impacts... heavy snow... sleet and ice accumulations will have significant impacts on travel. ice may cause damage to trees and power lines.

A winter storm warning means that a significant amount of snow, sleet and/or ice is expected or occurring. strong winds are also possible.

 
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:07
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A shake up may be coming to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department -- that is, if Police Chief Sam Dotson has his way.

The chief wants to dismantle and reorganize some specialized units - moving members of the Rapid Deployment Unit into precincts, and putting gang unit detectives under a single command working from the downtown headquarters. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chief Dotson will ask the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday for permission to make those changes and to put SWAT, narcotics and drug task force officers under the same command as patrol officers.

Dotson told the paper that the moves will make the department more flexible.

He's also expected to ask for permission to accept donations to beef up hot-spot policing efforts.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:32
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Gas prices continue to climb in the metro area and across the country. And there's still no clear reason why.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that gas prices in the St. Louis area are 20 cents higher per gallon than they were this time last year. A gallon of regular unleaded is running more than $3.60 at most stations on the Missouri side of the Mississippi -- up about 50 cents in the last month. Prices are closer to $3.90 in the metro-east.

Several reasons are being given for the jump at the pump, including maintenance at several refineries and early switch over to summer blends. But the paper reports that commodities speculators may be the real force behind the increase, since they now dominate the oil market.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 02:48
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The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from former Illinois Governor George Ryan over his 2006 corruption conviction. The justices on Tuesday turned away Ryan's appeal without comment.

Ryan had asked the high court to reconsider his conviction based on a 2010 decision saying honest service fraud requires bribery and kickbacks. Ryan said the jury instructions at his trial were wrong, and that it was never proven that he took bribes.

Ryan was released from prison in recent weeks and is serving the rest of his sentence on home confinement.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 02:43
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Police are searching for a shoplifting suspect who may have abducted a woman from a Cool Valley grocery store.

Normandy Police, which patrols Cool Valley, report that the suspect ran out of the Schnucks Supermarket on South Florissant Tuesday evening. The man got into the passenger side of a late-model, red, Ford Expedition, which drove away.

Police aren't sure if the woman driving was a getaway driver or a hostage.

A surveillance image of the suspect is posted on our website, KTRS.com. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 01:35
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri first-graders could see an addition to their curriculum under a bill given first-round approval in the Missouri Senate.

The measure endorsed Tuesday would give school districts the option to teach a National Rifle Association-sponsored gun safety program to students in first grade. SB75 would also allow schools to implement a training program for teachers and other personnel on responding to intruders.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Dan Brown, of Rolla, originally would have required schools to adopt both programs. But opposition from Democratic senators caused Brown to make the training and gun safety course optional.

The measure needs one more affirmative vote before moving to the House.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:39
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Missouri legislators are cutting their work week short because of concerns over a winter storm that's expected to dump snow, sleet and freezing rain on much of the state.

The House and Senate usually meet from Monday until mid-day Thursday each week. But with a mixture of ice and snow expected on Thursday, the Senate has decided to quit for the week around noon Wednesday -- early enough to give lawmakers time to get home before the weather hits.

The State House will also give members a chance to leave early, planning only a technical session on Thursday, in which no bills will be debated.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:24
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A zip line course is coming to Creve Coeur Park. The St. Louis County Council approved the contract Tuesday night that calls for building a treetop adventure course over seven-acres of the park.

Outdoor adventure company Go Ape will manage the course which will include ziplines, bridges, cargo nets and and other tree-top activities.

St. Louis County Parks Director Tom Ott says construction should begin in the fall, once the leaves have fallen from the trees.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:19
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The schedule for this year's Missouri State Fair is starting to take shape.

Governor Nixon announced eight acts have been announced so far. Just a few of the performers are Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Toby Keith. Fair officials say four more acts are also in the works. The fair runs from August 8 through August 18 in Sedalia.

For tickets to any of the state fair concerts and more information on the fair, visit MoStateFair.com.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 16:54
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators want to create an online database for businesses to check whether prospective employees have a history of filing workers' compensation claims.

The bill given first-round approval Tuesday drew support from both Republicans and Democrats who said they hope a database will help stop people from abusing the workers' compensation system by repeatedly filing claims against employers.

Senators said employers already can get information on an applicant's workers' compensation claim. But must do so in writing, which can take a couple weeks. They said an online database could speed up the hiring process, benefiting both workers and bosses.

The state Division of Workers' Compensation says an online database initially would include 554,000 claim records, with about 13,000 records added annually.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 16:52
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