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Judge denies new trial in slaying of Missouri girl

Monday, 10 March 2014 15:50 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A judge has denied a new trial for a young Missouri woman who pleaded guilty to murder for the slaying of a 9-year-old neighbor girl.
 
Alyssa Bustamante was 15 years old in 2009 when she killed Elizabeth Olten and buried her in a wooded area near Jefferson City. Bustamante wrote in her diary that it was an "ahmazing" and "pretty enjoyable" experience.
 
Bustamante originally was charged with first-degree murder. That would have carried a mandatory life sentence without parole. She pleaded guilty to a second degree murder and was sentenced to life with the chance of parole.
 
Several months after her plea, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled juveniles cannot face automatic life sentences.
 
Bustamante claimed she would not have pleaded guilty if she had known that case was pending.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new audit says Missouri's low-income housing program is inefficient and among the costliest in the nation.
 
The report Monday by State Auditor Tom Schweich says Missouri awards more low-income-housing tax credits per capita than any other state.
 
But the audit says the program is inefficient because only 42 cents of every $1 in tax credits goes toward the actual construction of housing. The report says the rest goes to investors, syndication firms and federal taxes.
 
Special committees that have analyzed the program have reached similar conclusions in the past. But lawmakers have been at loggerheads over whether to pare back the program because some say it has a laudable goal.
 
The audit says the tax credits helped finance about 47,000 housing units since 1998.
 

Pedestrian hit on I-70 near O'Fallon

Monday, 10 March 2014 14:27 Published in Local News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A young man is in the hospital after he was hit by a car while crossing I-70 this morning.

 

Just before 9:30 AM a woman was driving on eastbound 70 near O'Fallon, when she hit the pedestrian. Police say the driver did nothing wrong and do not know why the man was trying to cross the highway. Traffic was jammed until around 11 as police investigated the scene.

 

Police let the driver leave the scene and said there was nothing criminal about the accident. The man was unconcious when he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

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