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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Stray Rescue placed more than 200 stray dogs and cats in permanent homes during their "The One" adoption event.

 

The shelter offered pets for an adoption fee of just 14-dollars. There are still plenty of animals up for adoption and more information can be found at strayrescue.org.

Monday, 24 February 2014 16:19
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois county is weighing whether to commit $500,000 toward an East St. Louis station along an emerging high-speed Amtrak route.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County's governing board is considering the investment.
 
The state is working to connect Chicago and St. Louis with a 284-mile rail track capable of allowing trains to reach 110 mph.
 
The board will consider using the money to aid the Illinois Department of Transportation with the design and planning of the station.
 
Board Chairman Mark Kern last week asked the panel's other members to support the station.
 
The total cost of an East St. Louis station is unclear.
 
The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
Monday, 24 February 2014 16:17
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The rapid growth of a St. Louis-based Catholic health care system that is branching out into for-profit ventures is raising questions about its charitable status.
 
Ascension Health was created 15 years ago with the merger of the St. Louis-based Daughters of Charity National Health System and the Michigan-based Sisters of St. Joseph Health System. It has since grown into the nation's third-largest health care system.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the company is preparing to open a $2 billion "health city" complex in the Cayman Islands in cooperation with a for-profit hospital chain based in India.
 
The company reported $17 billion in revenue in the 2013 fiscal year but didn't pay corporate income taxes on its nonprofit operations. Financial statements show Ascension has $30 billion in assets.
Monday, 24 February 2014 15:17
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Smokers at Southern Illinois University will only be able to light up in a handful of places on the Carbondale campus starting this summer.
 
Carbondale Chancellor Rita Cheng says that as of July 1 the campus will be effectively smoke-free. Only designated areas in campus parking lots are exceptions.
 
Cheng told the Southern Illinoisan that smoking already is banned within 15 feet of building entrances. The ban includes smoking in dormitories.
 
Cheng hopes the campus someday will be entirely smoke free.
 
Some smokers on campus aren't happy, though. Senior Jon Poynter says he understands people around a smoker may not like the smoke. But he believes the ban denies him his right to smoke.
 
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights says more than 1,100 college campuses nationwide are smoke free.
 
Monday, 24 February 2014 13:51
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Services have been scheduled for a 10-year-old Springfield girl who was abducted and killed last week.
 
The Springfield News-Leader reports visitation for Hailey Owens will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m., also at the church.
 
The fourth-grader was killed last Tuesday after being abducted in her neighborhood.
 
Craig Michael Wood is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in her death. The 45-year-old is being held without bond in Greene County Jail.
 
Monday, 24 February 2014 13:33
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys for Missouri death row inmate Michael Taylor continue the effort to spare his life, even as a federal judge has turned down some of his requests for a stay of execution.
 
U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Monday refused to halt the execution based on separate claims that Missouri's one-drug execution method could cause a painful death, and that the state in three recent executions put inmates to death while court cases were still pending. Taylor's attorney, John Simon, appealed to a federal appeals court.
 
Phillips is still considering another stay request, a claim that Taylor had an ineffective attorney at his original trial.
 
Taylor faces execution at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.
 
Monday, 24 February 2014 13:14
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Police in Columbia, Illinois are hoping the public can help locate a suspected truck thief.

 

Investigators say Jeremy Davis and two suspects stole a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer filled with construction equipment last week. Davis’ last known address was in Waterloo, but police believe he is currently staying in St. Louis.

 

Anyone who has information on Davis' whereabouts is asked to call the Columbia, Illinois police 618-281-5151.

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Average retail gasoline prices in St. Louis rose 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.27 per gallon on Sunday.  

This is according to GasBuddy's daily survey of nearly one thousand gas outlets in St. Louis. The national average has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week and stands at  $3.40 a gallon.

Gas prices in St. Louis during the past week are 37 cents per gallon lower than at the same time one year ago. Even though the national average has increased more than 12 cents per gallon during the last month, it still stands 33 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

Monday, 24 February 2014 09:12
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members could consider a proposal that would require voters to show official photo identification at the polls.
There are two elements. A constitutional amendment requiring voter approval would allow a photo ID, and a bill would outline the details in state law.
House Majority Leader John Diehl says the chamber could work on the proposal this week. Lawmakers have sought to enact the requirement previously in Missouri.
Republican supporters contend the policy is needed to help prevent election fraud, while Democratic opponents say it can disenfranchise voters.
 
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