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A California man who served as a youth minister in Florissant, is facing sex abuse charges.
 
Brandon Milburn is accused of sodomizing two 11-year-old boys in his church--the First Christian Church on Patterson Road. Investigators believe the crimes took place sometime between 2007 and 2009. Police are now asking any other potential victims to come forward.
 
California officers are trying to determine if there are any victims in that state.
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:20
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A 21-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly killing his roommate, who was a convicted sex-offender.

 

The St. Clair County State's Attorney announced the charges today. Police say that Mohammed Abuharba shot William Harriel Jr on February 6 and left him in the road to die. Investigators say that Harriel's status as a sex offender does not appear to be part of the motive. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:19
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Supporters of a higher wages are urging Missouri lawmakers to let voters decide whether to increase the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour.
 
Missouri's minimum wage currently is $7.50 an hour - 25 cents higher than the federal minimum wage.
 
Several low-income workers testified Tuesday before a Missouri Senate committee in support of a proposed ballot measure increasing the minimum wage. The workers said they often must skip meals because they don't earn enough to pay all the bills for food, housing, utilities and transportation.
 
A Webster University economist said a minimum wage increase would help the economy, because workers likely would spend the additional money.
 
Lobbyists for several business groups testified against the measure, citing concerns that it could squeeze low-skill workers out of jobs.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:41
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CHICAGO (AP) - A federal lawsuit against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford details an ex-employee's sexual harassment allegations, but government watchdog groups say the lawsuit's political corruption claims are just as worrisome.
 
Rutherford is in a four-way Republican gubernatorial primary. He says the allegations are false and politically motivated. He spent Tuesday refuting the claims and questioning the lawsuit's timing.
 
The allegations include forcing employees to do campaign work on state time, which is prohibited.
 
Common Cause Illinois officials say the claims raise questions about Rutherford's leadership. An Illinois Campaign for Political Reform spokeswoman says voters are already corruption weary with two previous governors sent to prison
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:37
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Students in an Edwardsville School District will be in classrooms on two holidays in March.

 

Parents in District 7 voted to make up snow days on Casimir Pulaksi day, on March 3rd, and a Teacher Institute Day on March 21st.

 

The district considered canceling holidays or spring break, but parents voted for the two days in March.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:34
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have endorsed the creation of a government database to track people's prescription drug purchases.
 
Lawmakers for years have debated the idea, and Missouri now is the only state without legislation to create the database.
 
Sponsoring House member Kevin Engler says setting up a database can help prevent overdose deaths. One opponent voiced concerns about the potential for data breaches and government overreach.
 
Under the proposal, pharmacies would submit the identity of patients receiving medicine as well as the drug's quantity, the date and other details. Data could be given to doctors and law officers who have subpoenas.
 
House members endorsed the legislation by voice vote Tuesday. It needs a second affirmative vote before moving to the state Senate.
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:25
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Supporters of an increase to the minimum wage are rallying in Jefferson City today.

 

They plan to testify for the Small Business, Insurance, and Industry committee to support a bill that raises Missouri's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

 

Research from the Economic Policy Institute says that a family of four needs to earn nearly $65,000 a year to support a modest living. A full-time minimum wage worker makes less than $16,000 a year now.

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Investigators have identified the two young boys who died in a house fire Monday morning.

 

Firefighters were called to the house in the 8200 block of Airport Road before 6 AM Monday. Stephen and Cheronna Towns, as well as their 4-month-old daughter Deja, managed to escape the blaze through a bedroom window. Firefighters extinguished the fire and found the bodies of 3-year-old Isaiah Towns and 4-year-old Stephen Towns Jr. in the house.

 

Stephen Towns received critical burns from the fire when he tried to save the young boys. Several space heaters were found inside the home, and officials say they may have contributed to the fire. The investigation is ongoing.

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Investigators are now treating the death of 1-year-old child, who was found unconcious in a north St. Louis  home Tuesday morning, a homicide.
 
Detectives say that Jabria Phillips died of blunt force trauma. Emergency crews were called to the home around 3:30 this morning. They found Jabria with no vital signs. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police say the girl had been displaying signs of illness throughout the day Monday.
 
Jabria's grandmother, Brenda Baker learned of the girl's death through news reports. She told Fox 2 that Jabria's father, her son, died last year.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Despite a winter with periods of bitter cold and heavy snow, the use of a federal program that helps pay utility bills has declined in Missouri.
State officials say applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, are down 5 percent statewide from last winter.
The program provides up to $800 in emergencies to avoid utility shutoffs and general energy assistance. The grants are based on household size, household income and the type of fuel used.
The Department of Social Services says 138,260 people have applied for the assistance this year. Last year, 145,605 households applied.
 A Columbia nonprofit that uses the program told The Columbia Daily Tribune the drop off could be attributed to weatherization programs, and to economic recovery.
 
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