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Dream of a life under the big top? Ringling Brothers has an opportunity for you then.

The circus is coming to town for auditions this weekend. The tryouts will be held Saturday at the City Museum from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Applicants must register in advance at the group's website. Everyone trying out should have a 3-5 minute routine prepared.

Successful auditioners will be offered a contract to tour to more than 80 U.S. cities with an upcoming production of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

Register here: www.Ringling.com/clownauditions

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 17:14
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The suspect in a fatal carjacking has pleaded guilty to killing an 85-year-old grandmother.

21-year-old DaQuan Barnes will get a 60-year-sentence for the murder instead of life in prison under an agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Barnes and two accomplices, identified as 39-year-old LaTosha Cunningham and 30-year-old DeMarcus Barnes, waited for Yoko Cullen outside of a Collinsville bingo hall in May of 2011. Barnes force her into the trunk of her car, drove to east St. Louis, and set the vehicle on fire.

Investigators say Cullen was alive as the vehicle burned. 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 16:38
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The $50 million renovation of the Illinois Capitol building includes three copper-covered wooden doorways that cost $669,608.

State officials released the price tag for the doors Wednesday in response to media inquiries more than a week ago. They had first said the cost could not be itemized.

Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III says materials and fabrication made up $535,808 of the cost and installation and engineering make up the rest.

Alsop says the doors give the building a "desired and appropriate historical fabric." A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan explained the cost by noting that the building is a national landmark.

The $50 million project is being paid for with construction bonds. It includes replacement of heating and air-conditioning and bringing the building up to current safety codes.

 

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The NCAA has granted guard Michael Dixon's waiver to play this season at Memphis after transferring from Missouri.

Athletics director Tom Bowen announced Wednesday that the NCAA notified Memphis of its decision.

The senior enrolled at Memphis in June. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard from Kansas City, Mo., announced last November he would transfer after two sexual assault claims became public, though he was not charged in either case. He already had been benched for unspecified team rule violations.

Dixon played in 101 games at Missouri with 25 starts over three seasons. As a junior, the Big 12's sixth man of the year averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 assists in helping Missouri go 30-5 and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

 

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