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Colin Jeffery

Colin Jeffery

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield company has received scores of messages from people complaining about the hits cooking maven Paula Deen has taken since admitting to using a racial slur in the past, and is hoping to use that attention to woo Deen to Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the complaints being sent to The Food Channel are intended for the similarly named Food Network, which announced it's not renewing Deen's contract since she admitted using a racial slur years ago.

The Food Channel, which produces cooking-themed content in Springfield, says it would welcome giving Deen a chance "to get back to the food." It said Deen would have the chance to "shape a fledgling network."

Kay Logsdon, The Food Channel's editor-in-chief, says Deen has apologized, and America is "very forgiving."

One woman is in custody after the robbery of an AT&T store.

The Illinois State Police stopped the woman because the car she was driving matched the description of the vehicle seen at the scene of the robbery. A search of the car turned up several cell phones and other items related to the robbery.

Police believe two male suspects are still on the loose and should be considered armed and dangerous. The suspects entered the south county store just before ten this morning and tied the employees up in the back room.

Power is back at US Bank Plaza downtown.  

Ameren officials say it should be business as usual today after a 36-story downtown office building was evacuated yesterday because of an underground transformer fire.  

Ameren officials say the transformer was inside a vault under a sidewalk at 7th Street and Locust.    

Fire crews rescued at least ten people from elevators.  No injuries were reported.

 

 

EARLIER:

An underground electrical fire has forced the evacuation of a building in downtown St. Louis.

Fire crews are on the scene at 7th and Washington. Images show thick smoke pouring out of grates on the street. Tenants of some other nearby buildings are not being allowed to leave.

Fire crews are waiting for Ameren to cut power to the area so they can continue to fight the blaze.

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