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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The head of the NAACP Salt Lake City branch is asking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to commute a death sentence for a serial killer who killed two Salt Lake City joggers in 1980.

Joseph Paul Franklin is scheduled to be executed next week for the 1977 murder of a Missouri man outside a synagogue. He was also convicted in the 1980s killings of 20-year-old Ted Fields and 18-year-old David Martin, both black men.

Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP's Salt Lake Branch, says in a letter to Nixon that the execution costs more than keeping Franklin in prison for life.

Franklin has claimed responsibility for nearly two dozen other killings and many other crimes. He admitted shooting Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt in 1978 but was never charged.

Friday, 15 November 2013 12:31
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The standoff in Jennings is over after the suspect surrendered to police.

The standoff, in the 5200 block of Hamilton, lasted from around 9 AM until noon. Officers were trying to arrest the suspect, who was wanted for a robbery in Chesterfield, when he ran off. The man barricaded himself inside a house. The St. Louis County Tactical team was called in.

A negotiator was able to talk the suspect out of home. He surrendered to police without incident. 

Friday, 15 November 2013 12:29
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If you have ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur, you may want to check out "Startup Weekend" in St. Louis.

Startup Weekend is a global, grassroots movement aimed at empowering entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, but Startup Weekend events are held in over 200 cities around the world with weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

This weekend's event begins this evening at the T-REx Incubator at 611 Olive St. in downtown St. Louis.  More information is available at:  startupweekend.org

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   Students in the Normandy School District are getting an unexpected three-day weekend thanks to a water main that burst near the UMSL campus Thursday.  

   The main has been repaired, but a boil order is in effect for about 2,200 Missouri American water customers.  That includes parts of Bel Ridge, Belle Rive, Bel Nor, Normandy and St. John.  

   As a result, all schools in the Normandy School District will be closed Friday.

   Other schools in the affected area are open, but school leaders are asking students to bring a bottle of drinking water with them. 

   The UMSL campus had shut down on Thursday because of the break, canceling day and evening classes. University officials say even though they are still under a boil order, classes will resume Friday morning.  

   Missouri American officials say they hope to life the boil order Friday afternoon. 

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