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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man is set to be sentenced after he was convicted of first-degree murder last month for the deaths of a pregnant woman and a 4-year-old child.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 57-year-old Kevin Reid's sentencing hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Madison County.
 
Reid was found guilty last month in the 2005 deaths of 19-year-old Anquiaette Parker and her four-year-old cousin, Cermen Toney Jr.   Parker was pregnant and had been babysitting Toney when the two disappeared.
 
Authorities say Reid then hid their bodies in a cistern near his home. Their bodies were found in 2008 by a crew clearing brush in the area.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man has admitted that he owned hundreds of images of child pornography.
Fifty-three-year-old James Harrison of West Plains pleaded guilty Monday to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
 
Prosecutors say they found 474 child pornography videos and 560 images of child pornography on Harrison's computers and digital media at his home.
The U.S. Attorney's office says in a news release that the victims ranged in age from 3 to 13 or 14.
 
Harrison faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, with the possibility of 20 years, plus a fine up to $250,000. No sentencing date has been set.
 
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   No charges will be filed against a semi driver who struck and killed a man along Interstate 270 early Tuesday morning.  Police say the driver stopped immediately and cooperated with authorities.  
I   nvestigators say the truck driver couldn't have avoided hitting the man.  The victim had been walking across the westbound lanes of 270 in Florissant about 2:30 a.m. when he was hit.  
   The victim's name has not been released.   Police say they aren't sure why the man was walking on the interstate.
   The accident shut down all westbound lanes for several hours. All but one lane had reopened by 7 a.m.
 
   
 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are investigating after a man was found dead inside a car near Soulard Market.
 
The body was found about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The victim's name has not been released.
 
Homicide detectives are calling the death suspicious. Authorities have not released any further details.
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   North St. Louis is losing a major grocer.  Officials with Schnucks Markets announced Monday plans to close the Schnucks store at North Grand and Kossuth on May 10th.  
   Company officials say none of the 65 store employees will lose their jobs.  All will be transferred to other nearby stores.  
   Schnucks' President and CEO Todd Schnuck says the store has been operating at a loss since it was purchased as part of the 1995 National Supermarkets acquisition.  Schnuck says sales at the store won't offset the cost of needed repairs at the 45 year old structure.  
   Alderman Freeman Bosley Senior, who represents the area around the store, is critical of the move.  He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that closing the store is "really hurtful to that community."  He says Schnucks should build a new store on the site.
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   An autopsy will be performed to try to determine how a West St. Louis County woman died after her body was found floating in a pond near the Reflection Cove Apartments near Ballwin.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a passerby crossing a walking bridge about 7:30 Monday morning saw the body in the pond.  The woman was floating in three to five feet of water.

   The woman was in her late 60s and police say she had been seen by her husband earlier in the morning. Her name hasn't been released. 

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   Six people, including four children are being treated for injuries at a Jefferson County hospital after a school bus accident west of Herculanium.  

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the accident happened on Highway Z at Persimmon Point.  Police say its not yet known what caused the bus to roll off the road and into a ditch.

   The bus driver, an aide and four students were taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus with what police are calling minor injuries.  

   The bus had been transporting children home from the Maperville State School.  The school serves severely disabled children.

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   No evacuations are expected due to a gas leak in Fenton.  

   Police tell Fox 2 News that city workers were repairing a water main at Ferry and Main Streets when they accidentally struck a gas line, rupturing it.  The intersection is closed while utility crews work to repair the line.

   Police say gas is escaping, but it's dissipating in the air.

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   Fewer drivers than expected are using a new Mississippi River bridge downtown.  

   The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge carries Interstate 70 over the river between Illinois and Missouri.  It had been projected to reduce traffic by as much as 50 percent of the Eads and Martin Luther King Bridges, and by 20 percent on the Poplar Street Bridge.

   But that hasn't happened.  KMOV-TV reports that data shows that since the Stan Span opened in February, the Eads Bridge has seen a decline of about 25 percent, and King Bridge traffic has dropped about 40 percent, but traffic on the Poplar is down only 7 percent.  

   Transportation officials say part of the issue is that traffic is up about 7 percent overall on all of the downtown bridges.

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