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   A young Missouri woman who confessed to killing a 9 year old neighbor girl, when she herself was a juvenile, wants a judge to set aside her guilty plea.  Alyssa Bustamante was 15 year old in the 2009 when Elizabeth Olten was killed.  

   The Missouri teen had pleaded guilty in 2012 to second degree murder and given a life sentence with the chance for parole.  A first-degree murder conviction would have meant a mandatory life sentence without parole.

   The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that juveniles can't face mandatory life sentences, so Bustamante wants to change her plea.  She's expected to tell a judge Thursday that she wouldn't have pleaded guilty without the threat of mandatory life imprisonment.  

Thursday, 30 January 2014 02:11
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   The University of Missouri will hire outside, independent legal counsel to investigate the school's handling of matters related to former Mizzou student Sasha Menu Courey.  The swimmer committed suicide in 2011, 16 months after claiming she'd been raped by members of the Missouri football team.  

   The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Wednesday night to approve the recommendation of University President Tim Wolfe, to hire an independent investigator.  The board has not yet chosen a firm, but stipulated that it must have independence from the university.  

   The board wants the inquiry completed in time for the board's next meeting in Rolla on April 11th.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:56
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   An iconic structure in Forest Park will be closed for awhile.  

   The Boat House Restaurant caught fire Wednesday evening.  St. Louis firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the building.  

   Dave Sutter of the St. Louis Fire Department says the one alarm fire was located in the roof of the building.  Fire officials say it may have started near the fire place which had been burning since 10:00 a.m.  

   No patrons were in the Forest Park eatery when the fire broke out, and the ten employees inside all made it out safely.  

   The roof was seriously damaged, but its believe the building can be repaired.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:16
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   Convicted killer Herbert Smulls is dead.  The Missouri man was executed Wednesday night at the state prison in Bonne Terre.  He was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.  
   The U.S. Supreme Court had granted a temporary stay late Tuesday, which had halted Smull's scheduled midnight execution.  Smulls' attorneys had filed several appeals, mostly challenging the state's refusal to disclose the name of the compounding pharmacy that supplies its execution drug.  The high court reviewed his case and eventually revoked the last remaining stay late Wednesday evening.  
   Smulls made no final statement, verbally or in writing.
   The 56 year old had been sentenced to death for killing Stephen Honickman and badly injuring his wife during a 1991 robbery at the couple's St. Louis County jewelry store.
    He was the third person in as many months Missouri has executed by lethal injection.
 
   
 
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:08
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Florissant police have a warning for city residents.

 

Police say that scammers have been posing as IRS officials and calling residents. An investigation led police to a phone number that originates in the Buffalo, New York area. People from around the country have been getting calls from the number. The person on the other end of the line says they are with the IRS and the victim owes money.

 

The Florissant Police remind everyone--be aware of the scam and do not give out personal information over the phone without confirming the caller's identity.

 

Police were able to identify the phone number that the scammers were calling from as: (716) 242-7149

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:45
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St. Louis city's plan to end chronic homelessness officially kicked off this week.

 

The city is focusing on homeless veterans. Members of the city's human services and Veteran's Administration are out trying to identify homeless veterans. The veterans will be given access to housing and services to help them stay off the streets.

 

The city says the plan to end homelessness will take ten years to complete.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:44
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe says the four-campus system is committed to bolstering its mental health services as a separate legal review of a former school swimmer's suicide is expected to soon begin.
 
Wolfe spoke personally Wednesday about Sasha Menu Courey's 2011 death, noting that his own daughter is a first-year college athlete.
 
He told reporters that "one of our students is dead. And I don't want to feel that anymore."
 
The university's Board of Curators is expected to vote later Wednesday on Wolfe's request for an independent report on how the school handled Menu Courey's death and her claims of a sexual assault by several football players when she was a freshman.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:42
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says Gov. Pat Quinn's annual address to the Legislature was "a campaign speech from a governor that is failing the people of Illinois."
 
Rauner spoke following the Chicago Democrat's State of the State address Wednesday in Springfield.
 
The Winnetka businessman says Quinn has been in office for five years and is now proposing a new five-year plan for jobs. Rauner notes Illinois has one of the country's highest unemployment rates and higher income taxes than when Quinn took office.
 
Rauner says Illinois is in an "economic death spiral" and Quinn "is trying to cover it up and put a rosy picture on it."
 
Rauner is facing Republican state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady and Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the March primary.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:39
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Authorities have canceled a missing person advisory.

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced that 85-year-old Donald Palmer has been located and is safe. Palmer had been missing since Monday afternoon.

 

EARLIER:
St. Louis County Police are asking for help to find a missing elderly man.
 
85-year-old Donald Palmer was last heard from at 5, Monday afternoon. Palmer is medium height and weights around 140 pounds, he has brown eyes and is bald. Police say it is possible that he was driving a silver 1990 Cadillac DeVille with a dark gray top. The car has Missouri plate D-F-2-G-6-Y.
 
Anyone with information on Donald Palmer’s whereabouts should contact St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341 or call 911.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:31
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In what may be a record in Jefferson County, a jury has awarded $12.5 million to a railroad worker whose right leg was amputated after being run over by a train.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that 51 year old Michael Bolen of Jackson, Mo., was hurt in May 2012 as he was directing trains in a rail yard in Crystal City.
He claims he was walking along the track and tripped over a boulder that was left in the rail yard. He fell onto the tracks and both legs were run over by a slow-moving train.  His right leg was crushed and he also lost part of the heel on his left foot. 
Bolen's attorney, Nelson Wolff, told the newspaper that Bolen was a conductor/switchman for BNSF Railway and said the train company was negligent in having a rocky area where workers walked.
Wolff said this may be the largest personal-injury verdict in the history of Jefferson County. 
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