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   WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants Illinois police departments to use a federal firearms tracing system that can tell investigators the chain of custody of a gun from the manufacturer to the first legal purchaser.

   Durbin says fewer than half of Illinois' more than 800 police departments use the eTrace program of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He said Monday he will be introducing legislation creating an incentive for police to use eTrace.

   The legislation would require police departments seeking federal COPS grants to tell the federal government how many crime guns they've recovered. They would have to report how many were submitted to ATF for tracing and why any recovered guns were not submitted.

   COPS grants are designed to encourage the development of community policing programs.

 
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:01
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News of the Royal Baby was everywhere, TV, radio, and social media. But William and Kate got some time alone with the newest addition to the royal family.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 p.m."

That is the official announcement that the child third-in-line for the throne was born. The most surprising part of the message was the time--4:24. In an age of Twitter and Facebook, the royal family held back news of the birth for four hours.

Royal historian and researcher, Candace Metz-Longinette-Gahring says the need for boundaries with the press is very important for this prince because of the way his mother, Princess Diana, died. "The paparazzi chased her to her death because they had to have the latest pictures, the latest everything. As the woman lay dying they were taking pictures. I think that fueled his determination that I am going to have a private life", says Metz-Longinette-Gahring.

As for the name of the newest member of the royal family, that's still a secret. 

 

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One person is in critical condition after a shooting in Webster Groves this afternoon.

Police say the shooting happened at 2 PM on the parking lot of a housing unit near the intersection of Elm and Waymire Avenues. One person was injured and taken to the hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

Police do have a suspect in custody but are asking if anyone has additional information about the incident.

 

Monday, 22 July 2013 17:23
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Police have released surveillance images of a man accused of robbing a bank inside a Brentwood grocery store. Investigators hope the public can help identify the man.

The robbery happened at the First Bank inside the Dierbergs located in the 8400 block of Eager Road just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect is a white man between 30 and 40-years-old. He is about 6'2" tall. He was last seen wearing a black Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, black sunglasses, blue jeans, and brown shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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