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   A St. Louis County toddler who was the subject of S.A.R.A.A. and AMBER Alerts is safe.  

   St. Louis County Police had issued the alerts Monday evening after one year old Tristian Readye was taken from a home in the 2900 block of Patterson Road in North County.  Police say the boy had been seen about 8:00 p.m. riding in a stolen Monte Carlo.  

   Authorities canceled the alerts about 11:00 p.m. after the child was found abandoned in that car at Illinois and South Broadway in South St. Louis.

   There's no word if police have caught the person who took him.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:48
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Mayor Francis Slay is asking St. Louis residents their thoughts on the legalization of marijuana.

At his blog, mayorslay.com, the Mayor asks respondents what effect they think legalization would have on crime stats and the state's economy. He also wants to know how people think the sale of marijuana should be regulated. St. Louis already treats the possession of small amounts of pot as a municipal crime--people caught with small amounts of the drug in the City are ordered to appear in city court, rather than being handcuffed and transported to jail.

You can share your thoughts by clicking here.

 

Monday, 13 January 2014 17:20
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A truck driver is in the hospital after his tractor trailer rolled onto its side Monday afternoon.

The accident was on the exit ramp from the Poplar Street Bridge onto westbound I-70. The truck was hauling four large rolls of steel--the driver says he thinks they shifted and that caused the semi to roll. The driver became trapped in the cab and emergency crews had to cut him out of the truck's cab.

The driver was taken to the hospital, KMOV reports in stable condition.

Monday, 13 January 2014 17:13
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The crime stats for 2013 are out for St. Louis City and crime is down over 5 percent. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that despite a slight up-tick in murders last year--120 in 2013 compared to 113 in 2012--but he believes the perception of St. Louis' crime problem does not match the reality.
 
"While some say that St. Louis has a crime problem, I agree, we still have work to do," says Dotson, "but our strategies are working and St. Louis is certainly a safer city now than it was just a couple of years ago. 
 
According to the department, crime is down 50 percent since 2006. Dotson says Hot Spot Policing was a huge part of the department's success this year.
 
2013 Part I Crime Statistics:
 Total Part I Crimes decreased 5.4 percent when compared to 2012, from 27,854 to 26,342
          o The last year in which fewer crimes were reported was in 1966, when 25,798 crimes were reported
 Violent Crime (Crimes Against Persons) decreased 10.3 percent when compared to 2012, from 5,661 to 5,078
 Property Crimes decreased 4.2 percent when compared to 2012, from 22,193 to 21,264
2013 Reported Crimes Against Persons
 Homicides increased 6.2 percent from 113 to 120
          o While there was an increase in homicides this category remains below the five year average of 136.
 Forcible Rapes increased 67.3 percent from 199 to 333 -  It should be noted that in January 2013 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) implemented a revised definition of rape within their UCR program. The
expanded definition allows law enforcement agencies to report more accurate rape offense data throughout the UCR program to ensure all applicable rape offenses and all victims of any gender or age are accounted for. As a result of the revised definition, the FBI expected to see an increase in reported rape offense data. However, this does necessarily mean there is an increase in rapes. See the FBI’s UCR guidelines for further explanation of the revised definition for rape.
 Robberies decreased 18 percent from 1,778 to 1,458
          o This represents the lowest number since 1953 when 1,378 robberies were reported
 Aggravated Assaults decreased 11.3 percent from 3,571 to 3,167
          o This represents the lowest number since 1968 when 2613 aggravated assaults were reported
2013 Reported Property Crimes
 Burglaries decreased 13.7 percent from 4,986 to 4,305
          o This represents the lowest number since 1950 when there were 3,744 burglaries reported
 Larcenies decreased 0.5 percent from 13,520 to 13,452
 Vehicle Thefts decreased by 4.6 percent from 3,489 to 3,330
          o This represents the lowest number since 1952 when 2,789 vehicle thefts reported
 Arsons decreased 10.6 percent from 198 to 177
          o This represents the lowest number reported in the arson category since being
recognized by UCR as a Part I Crime in 1980
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Democrats are preparing to outline a tax cut proposal, despite their fierce opposition to a Republican tax plan last year.
 
Rep. Jon Carpenter, a Democrat from Kansas City, was expected to file legislation and release his plan to reduce state taxes on Monday.
 
Another Kansas City Democrat, Sen. Jolie Justus, has signaled that her party would be open to tax cuts under certain circumstance. She says it is a matter of who benefits from the cuts.
 
House Democrats voted last year against a Republican proposal to reduce individual and corporate income tax rates over 10 years. The GOP plan failed when the Legislature could not secure enough votes to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.
 
Monday, 13 January 2014 15:22
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois is creating a statewide system to regulate access to firearms by people who have mental health problems.
 
The Department of Human Services unveiled an online database Monday that will be used to compile information about people a professional deems a "clear and present danger" to themselves or others.
 
Human Services Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler says Illinois' new concealed-carry law broadened the requirements of who must report information and kind of details must be shared.
 
Mental health professionals must report people in Illinois who've been declared in court to be mentally disabled, developmentally disabled, or meet qualifications for posing a "clear and present danger."
 
That information is checked against a list of those qualified to own a gun. The Illinois State Police then investigate the matter.
 
Monday, 13 January 2014 15:18
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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - Ameren Missouri plans to build a solar energy facility in O'Fallon, Mo.
 
The St. Louis-based utility announced plans for the multimillion-dollar facility on Monday. Ameren says the plant will provide 5.7 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 650 homes.
 
The project is expected to create up to 70 construction jobs. Work should begin in April and Ameren hopes to have the project operating by December.
 
Monday, 13 January 2014 15:17
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois residents have just begun applying for licenses to carry concealed weapons. But lawmakers have already begun tinkering with the new law.
 
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports Monday that legislators have introduced bills to increase penalties for carrying guns where they're not allowed; punish instructors who don't carry out training; and lower the legal age for carrying.
 
Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry last July. It allows anyone with 16 hours of training to pay a $150 fee to get a license.
 
Villa Park Democratic Rep. Deborah Conroy wants to increase criminal penalties for taking a gun into a school. Republican State Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein (MUN'-dih-lyne) wants instructors who commit fraud to go to jail.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Newly released documents show Missouri was in the running for a new Boeing assembly plant right up until the company decided to stay in Washington state.
 
Documents provided to The Associated Press on Monday under a Sunshine Law request show Boeing officials visited St. Louis on Dec. 28 to check out Missouri's proposal.
 
A follow-up visit was scheduled for Jan. 4. But that was cancelled after union members in Washington voted Jan. 3 to accept Boeing's contract proposal. The company then said it would build the 777X airplane there.
 
Boeing had not released a list of finalists for the project.
 
The documents show Missouri submitted three options to Boeing to assemble the wing or full plane at either of two locations near Lambert-St. Louis International Airpor
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The first bill being considered by a Missouri House committee this year would prohibit the payment of union fees from being a condition of employment.
The legislation, known as "right to work," is scheduled for a Monday hearing in the House Workplace Development and Workplace Safety Committee.
It is a top priority for Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka. He led a rally of about 100 activists in support of the bill before the legislative session opened last week.
While the proposal is at the top of the House agenda, Senate leaders haven't been as optimistic about it passing this year.
The measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Burlison, of Springfield.
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