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Jim Kavanaugh expands on plans for MLS expansion bid

SC STL made the announcement Thursday about plans for Major League Soccer expansion that would include a new stadium on the west-side of Downtown St. Louis.

Group Vice Chairman Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of World Wide Technology plus Saint Louis FC, gave more details on “The McGraw Show” about the proposal.

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Attorneys For Condemned Missouri Man Seek Halt To Execution

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate warn that the state is preparing to execute a potentially innocent man.

Marcellus Williams, 48, is scheduled to die Tuesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre for stabbing to death former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a 1998 robbery at her home in the suburb of University City. It would be the state’s second execution of 2017.

Williams’ attorneys have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a new hearing or the commutation of his sentence to life in prison. They’ve also asked Republican Gov. Eric Greitens for clemency. A spokesman for Greitens didn’t immediately reply to a message seeking comment.

Attorney Kent Gipson contends that DNA testing conducted in December using techniques that were not available at the time of the killing showed DNA found on the knife matches an unknown man, but not Williams. He also cited previous DNA testing of hairs found from Gayle’s shirt and fingernails that also excluded Williams, and said footprints at the scene did not match Williams.

The new evidence “means in our mind the actual killer is not him,” Gipson told The Associated Press last week.
Loree Anne Paradise, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Hawley, said the office remains confident that Williams is guilty based on other evidence in the case.

Gipson said Williams’ conviction was based on the testimony of two convicted felons who were out for a $10,000 reward. One was Williams’ former girlfriend and the other was his former cellmate.

Gayle, 42, was stabbed repeatedly on Aug. 11, 1998, after surprising the burglar in her home. Gayle was a reporter at the Post-Dispatch from 1981 to 1992, leaving to do social work.

In addition to the murder conviction, Williams is also serving consecutive terms of life in prison for robbery, and 30 years each for burglary and weapons crimes.
After several years of being among the states with the highest number of executions, the pace in Missouri has slowed considerably. The only execution in this state this year was in January, when Mark Christeson was put to death for killing a woman and her two children.

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Visitors To Washington, MO Awed By Total Solar Eclipse

Washington, MO  (KTRS)  Millions of people from around the country turned out for the much anticipate 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

Washington, Missouri attracted visitors from as far away as France to view this cosmic wonder. The reaction from the visitors was one of awe and amazement.

Jason Boles of Lake Sherwood, Missouri called it magnificent, “The Heavens declared the glory of God.”
“I’m glad I took the day off to be here.” Boles added.

Louise Lee traveled from Cleveland, Ohio. “It was amazing and we heard the cicadas as soon as it got dark.”

Hannah Huryk and her husband John traveled from Wausau, Wisconsin, “I actually researched a lot of the cities that were within driving distance of St. Louis and we had a choice of about six that we wanted to go to and we decided on Washington because the weather, but it was the community experience and the party like atmosphere.”

Monday’s event wrapped up the final day of Washington’s three day Eclipse Festival.

The totality in Washington lasted 2 minutes and 28 seconds.

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Historic Eclipse Draws Hundreds of Thousands to Area Communities and Parks

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) People from around the world converged on Missouri and Illinois Monday to watch the first total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. in a century. Among the crowd that gathered Monday at the Missouri Capitol were husband and wife David Colon and Mariana Perez from Costa Rica. They flew to Oklahoma, where his mother lives, and then drove as a family to Jefferson City. They said the sight of the moon blocking the sun was an amazing experience – well worth the long trip.

Thousands gathered in Washington, MO, for the Total Solar Eclipse Festival. Hannah Huryk and her husband John traveled all the way from Wausau, WI, to view this much-anticipated celestial event.

In Illinois, about 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University’s Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse. Monday’s total solar eclipse drew visitors to southern Illinois, where the Shawnee National Forest saw the longest stretch of darkness: 2 minutes and 44 seconds. One visitor was 44-year-old Patrick Schueck of Arkansas and his 10-year-old twin daughters who went to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass. He called the eclipse “one of the most moving experiences” he’s ever had.

Researchers in Illinois used toMonday’s solar eclipse to learn how sudden atmospheric changes can alter the weather. Researchers used weather-monitoring equipment to collect temperature and other data before, during and after the eclipse.

A Dog’s Tale With a Happy Ending

ST. CHARLES (KTRS) A report about a missing member of the St. Charles County Police force has a happy ending.

The St. Charles County Police Department issued a report that member of its K9 unit – K9 Tank – had gone missing overnight Sunday. K9 Tank is a 2-year-old, 70 pound Hanoverian Hound. He was reported missing about 12:30 a.m. Monday. But by 7 a.m. Monday, St. Charles County police reported K9 Tank had been located and reunited with his handler, Officer Courtney Spiess.

K9 Tank has been in service with the St. Charles County Police Department since October 2016.Less than 24 hours after graduating from training school, K9 Tank with the assistance of his handler, Officer Spiess, rescued a young child with Autism. Less than one week later, he rescued a dementia patient.

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