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Rare mammal now on display at St. Louis Zoo

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 15:13 Published in Local News

The St. Louis Zoo has welcomed a new member to the family.

A rare Okapi was born on June 17 and is now on display. The newest animal is name Umeme.

The Okapi is nicknamed the forest giraffe and is on of the rarest mammals in captivity--there are only 94 at American zoos. 

A woman accused of selling phony Bruno Mars tickets is back in police custody after a short-lived escape from authorities.

Police say Desiree Townsend photocopied tickets to last week's concert and sold them to a customer in Maryland Heights for $85. Officers arrested Townsend on Monday. While in custody, she faked an illness and was taken to Mercy Hospital. Police say while there, she managed to escape. Townsend was arrested later in the day and now faces a charge of escape from custody in additional to felony counts of forgery.

Authorities Townsend may have sold as many as 10 fake tickets.

Battle continues over vetoed Missouri tax cut bill

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:47 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is rallying support for an effort to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of tax-cutting legislation.

Jones, a Republican from Eureka, says reducing taxes would grow the economy, create additional economic opportunities and allow more funding for education. On Wednesday, Nixon was renewing his objections to the tax legislation in southern Missouri. The Democratic governor has traveled throughout the state to defend the veto.

Nixon's asserts the tax cut would jeopardize funding for government services and boost taxes on prescription drugs.

Jones told supporters in Fulton on Tuesday that he sees "the momentum on our side." He says it is a commonsense measure.

House Republicans are meeting this week to discuss possible veto overrides. Missouri lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Sept. 11.

 

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