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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois' congressional delegation is grappling with whether to approve U.S. use of military might against Syria. And freshman Representative Bill Enyart appears emblematic of the complexity of the decision.

The southern Illinois Democrat who once headed Illinois' National Guard says he hasn't made up his mind about President Barack Obama's call for limited military force against Syria.

Enyart says feedback from his constituents has been overwhelmingly against U.S. involvement. And Enyart wonders whether flexing U.S. military might against Syria might fan anti-America sentiment in the Middle East.

Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin this week voted in a Senate committee in favor of a resolution authorizing military force but restricting it to 90 days and barring American ground troops from combat. That resolution is to reach the Senate floor next week.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Florissant pastor nominated to the St. Louis County Police Commission has withdrawn his name from consideration.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Reverend Freddy Clark told County Executive Charlie Dooley Friday morning that he is no longer interested. Clark is the founder of the Shalom Church in Florissant.

Dooley announced two weeks ago that he was appointing Clark and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence to the police board, subject to County Council approval.

The appointments came as the FBI investigates the business dealings of former police board chairman Gregory Sansone, who resigned last month.

Board member Floyd Warmann had previously resigned in August. And board member Ray Wagner announced last week that he will step down this fall.

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The Chicago man convicted of beating a friend to death with a skillet in North St. Louis, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Andre McAfee was sentenced yesterday for the 2006 attack on Charles Barnes. Investigators determined that McAfee used a skillet to beat Barnes to death. McAfee's first trial ended in a mistrial last year, but he entered a guilty plea to murder charges this year.

Friday, 06 September 2013 16:58
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The owners of a multi-state tobacco store chain have contributed thousands of dollars to Missouri officials and even hired their own lobbyists. But their cause this year is not focused on cigarettes.

Jon Rand and Sharie Keil are backing Missouri legislation that would remove hundreds of people convicted of sex crimes as juveniles from the state's online listing of registered sex offenders. Their cause is intensely personal, because their son is among those whose name, photo and address would come down from law enforcement websites.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill earlier this summer. He said it could endanger the public by hiding the whereabouts of violent sex offenders. But the political battle is not over. Missouri lawmakers are to convene next Wednesday to consider overriding the veto.

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