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An ambulance stolen outside Barnes Jewish Hospital in the Central West End has been found in East St Louis.

St. Louis police say around 3:00 a.m. Monday morning a MedStar ambulance was taken from the parking bay outside Barnes Jewish hospital, possibly by a woman.

Few details have been released, although police and MedStar officials say the ambulance was found near 15th and College streets in East St. Louis just before six this (Monday) morning.

A quick search reveals no damage to the vehicle, the keys were left inside and nothing appeared to be taken.
Monday, 18 March 2013 07:42
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Hearings are set for this week in the St. Louis firefighters' pension reform battle.

Early last year, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay had proposed replacing the current Firemen's Retirement System with a less-expensive pension system. The Board of Aldermen passed the plan, but the board that oversees the pension system sued to stop the city from implementing it.

The new system would cut costs by trimming disability payments and making pension administrators civil servants, among other things. City officials say that's necessary because the pay and benefits that the four-person administrative staff receives right now are far more than those of other city pension administrators.

The F-R-S needed a 20-million dollar infusion from the city coffers last year in order to cover expenses. Slay says the city can't keep that up for long.
Monday, 18 March 2013 07:34
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The ad man who gave us Spuds Mackenzie, "Weekends were made for Michelob," and "This Bud's for you," has died. Michael Roarty died Saturday after a heart attack. He was 84.

Roarty helped build Anheuser-Busch brands into international powerhouses. He was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 1994.

Visitation for Roarty will be Wednesday with funeral services Thursday at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood.
Monday, 18 March 2013 06:16
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Missouri voters may be asked to amend the state Constitution to make prosecuting child sex offenders easier.

A 2007 Missouri Supreme Court ruling had banned prosecutors in child sex abuse cases from using "propensity evidence," which is often used to show a suspect has a proclivity to do the alleged crime. The ruling made Missouri the most restrictive state in the nation by banning such evidence as prior convictions.

Representative John McCaherty, a High Ridge Republican, filed a bill that would allow prosecutors to use prior convictions, along with findings by the state Children's Services Division indicating that sexual abuse of a child did occur, even if there were no charges filed.

The measure has already cleared the House and is now in the hands of the Senate.
Monday, 18 March 2013 05:47
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