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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Botanical Garden has completed a 26-year effort to document the state's extensive plant life.

The flora encyclopedia fills almost 1,400 pages and lists nearly 3,000 plants. It's the third volume in a series started 50 years ago by the St. Louis research center.

Each plant species is described in great detail. There are notes on taxonomy, distribution, plant uses and conservation issues. The state Department of Conservation collaborated on the project.

 

Friday, 23 August 2013 16:27
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A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Police say the woman was in a car with three other people around 10:45 last night when a car pulled alongside them and someone opened fire. The woman was hit in the head and rushed to the hospital. Officers say there was a baby in the car when the shooting occurred.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Friday, 23 August 2013 16:24
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A warning to members of Missouri Credit Union: Attorney General Chris Koster says there was an accidental release of personal information earlier this summer.

Koster is encouraging members of the credit union to monitor their accounts. Missouri Credit Union officials alerted Koster that the information was only available for a short time and they quickly fixed the problem. The credit union has 39,000 members. Koster also listed several warning signs that your identity may have been stolen.

They included receiving unexplained mail, receiving several phone calls for another person, and being denied credit. 

Addition signs that you may be the victim of identity theft include:

- Receiving unexplained mail; 

- Having mail rerouted or stopped; 

- Receiving multiple phone calls for another person; 

- Being denied credit; 

- Learning of unexplained changes to your credit score; 

- Seeing accounts which are not your own on your credit report; 

- Receiving collection calls for another's accounts; 

- Being told by a service provider, lender or banker that your Social Security number cannot be verified or is already in use in their system;

- Receiving telephone calls from someone who wants to obtain additional information about you; 

- Being told by a vendor or provider that they cannot verify your account or locate your account: 

- Unexpected notices by mail, email, or text that your address or password have been changed; 

- Seeing unexplained charges or withdrawals from accounts; 

- Noticing unusual charges to accounts.

For more information on reporting and protecting yourself from identity theft, visit the attorney general's website or call the Consumer Hotline at 800-392-8222.

 

Friday, 23 August 2013 16:09
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The daredevil who had plans to put on an aerial show over downtown St. Louis this evening, will not see his plans get off the ground.

Alexander Polli planned to jump from a plane in a wingsuit around 6 PM. Polli would then glide across the Mississippi River and use a parachute to land in Illinois. The FAA raised security concerns and have delayed the jump.

 

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