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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri fish hatchery is being considered for an effort to reintroduce the endangered Topeka shiner fish back into state streams after being on the verge of extinction.
 
The Joplin Globe reports the minnows currently are found in two Missouri creeks and previously were found in a third until about 1990. They also can be found in portions of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and South Dakota.
 
Fisheries biologist Jerry Wiechman with the Missouri Department of Conservation says there are a few details to be worked out before the shiners can be raised at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in southwest Missouri.
 
Wiechman says studies examining why the Topeka shiner is disappearing don't point to a specific culprit, but generally the fish disappears where human activity increases.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:32
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - St. Ann police are working on yet another reported attempted child abduction. It is the fifth reported attempt in the metro area in the last ten days.

 

Police in St. Charles County are already investigating incidents in O'Fallon, Lake St. Louis and West Alton, while Troy, Illinois authorities are searching for a supect after a child was approached there on Sunday.  

 

Fox 2 News reports that the latest incident happened around 8:25 Tuesday morning.  

 

The two suspects were reportedly in a maroon Chevy Malibu and are described as a white male with long grey hair and another white male with a grey crew cut.  

 

They were last seen in the area of St. Charles Rock Road and Ashby Road.

 

The child is safe.  St. Ann police have canvassed the area seeking leads.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Ann police.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:11
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GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) - Republican primary voters are talking about wanting a shake-up in Springfield and say they believe they have a real chance of putting one of their own back in the governor's office.
 
The big issues, they say, are reversing the state's indebtedness and keeping businesses from leaving Illinois. Some are after term limits that they say would do away with "career politicians" too cozy with special interests and unions.
 
Joan Youhn of the western Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn is an 81-year-old retired medical biller who voted Tuesday for venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Weighing on her mind, she says, is the economy because her architect son was out of work until recently.
 
She says Illinois needs more statesman-like politicians "who care about what they're doing, not just getting re-elected."
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:54
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Forget digging out quarters and dimes. In parts of St. Louis, you can pay to park with your smartphone.  

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city is testing the smartphone applications Parkmobile and Passport Parking in parts of downtown and in the Central West End.  

 

The applications are available for iPhone and Android. Both allow people to pay to park through their cellphones, rather than placing coins into a meter.

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