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   With dangerous sub-zero wind chills back in the St. Louis area, city officials are scrambling to fund an overflow shelter for the homeless that's already blown its budget.  
   The mayor's office says the community center at Tucker and Park costs about $1000 a night to keep open.  It provides shelter for 125 people.  The city's budget allotted for 20 days of operation this winter.  But because of the unusual amount of cold and snow, the shelter has already been open for 27 days, and the winter is only half over.  
   St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff told Fox 2 News that the budget can't dictate the city's response to the cold.  "Mayor Slay has made it very clear," Siedhoff said.  "This is a necessity.  We will find the money.  We will find it some place.  We have to.  It’s a responsibility the city has."
   Siedhoff says the shelter will remain open as long as the extreme weather continues.
 
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   Authorities are looking for a young Rolla girl who may have been abducted by her mother.  

   The Phelps County Sheriff's Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for four-year-old Cassandra Robertson.  Police say she was last seen Monday in the 11,800 block of State Road V in Rolla.

   Cassandra Robertson is described as a white female, 2’6”, 40 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, wearing a gray zippered shirt with a Hello Kitty logo.  Authorities believe she is with her mother Nickie Robertson.     

   Nickie Robertson Nikie is described as a white female, age 39, 5’6”, 145 lbs, brown hair, green eyes, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.   The woman reportedly has a history of drug abuse and suicidal tendencies.  

   The pair may be heading for New Mexico or Colorado in a silver 2006 Nissan Quest with Missouri tags: FG2D5J.  

   Anyone with information is urged to call 911, contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department at 573-426-3860.

 

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri women would have to wait 72 hours after seeing a doctor before an abortion could be performed under legislation being considered by the House Health Care Policy Committee.
   The panel heard testimony from supporters Wednesday on how the bill would give women more time to think before terminating a pregnancy. Opponents argued the measure would just be a logistical delay designed to push women further into pregnancy before having an abortion, which can increase risk.
   Under current law, a woman must wait 24 hours after seeing a doctor before an abortion can take place. Only South Dakota and Utah require 72-hour waiting periods.
   The committee took no action on the legislation Wednesday.
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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers could have to cut about $370 million from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget if they don't want to go along with his financial assumptions.
   Republican legislative leaders were still fuming Wednesday about Nixon's budget proposal, a day after he outlined it as part of his State of the State address.
   During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Chairman Kurt Schaefer (SHAY'-fer) told the Democratic governor's budget director that Nixon's plan "is an absolute political fiction."
 
   Nixon's budget assumes stronger revenue growth than Republican lawmakers believe will occur. It also assumes lawmakers will generate new revenues or cost-savings by expanding Medicaid eligibility, offering amnesty to overdue taxpayers and tweaking various revenue-collection laws.
   If lawmakers reject those things, they would have to trim about $370 million of spending from Nixon's budget.
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