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That dried out, old Christmas tree is good for more than firewood. It can become a home for fish. The Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting donated natural trees to establish fish habitats in two St. Louis-area lakes. Officials say man-made lakes don't have much fish habitat, and the trees provide a woody sanctuary.
Conservation crews tie the Christmas trees to concrete blocks and sink them in 4 to 7 feet of water where the trees attract invertebrates -- a good food source for small fish, which then attract larger fish. Young fish also can hide among the trees.
Donated trees will be accepted until January 13th at Creve Coeur Lake and at Lake 34 in the August A. Busch Conservation Area.
It was a very Merry Christmas for one lottery player in Missouri. The winning Powerball ticket from last night's drawing was sold in Missouri and matched all six numbers. The jackpot totaled $71.5 million. The winning numbers were: 23, 28, 38, 39, 56, and the Powerball number was 32.
Lottery officials advise that if you hold the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to the Missouri Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City.
The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which in this case is June 23, 2014. The winner can select to receive the jackpot prize in 30 graduated annuity payments or in one lump-sum payment worth approximately $39.8 million before taxes.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is preparing to start screening every newborn for a heart disease that can cause developmental delays or death if left untreated. The screenings for critical congenital heart disease are required under a new state law that takes effect January 1st. The Department of Health and Senior Services says an estimated 140 babies are born in Missouri each year with the disease. The noninvasive screenings measure oxygen in the blood and show if a newborn needs treatment with a catheter or surgery. The Missouri agency says the tests will prevent babies from being sent home with the risk of developing serious complications in the first few weeks of life.
A man appealing his conviction in the 1982 murder of a St. Louis woman and the sexual assault of her young daughters will remain in prison. St. Louis Circuit Judge Robin Vannoy on Tuesday rejected a motion from Rodney Lee Lincoln based on new DNA tests.
Lincoln is serving a double life sentence for the murder of 35-year old JoAnn Tate and the sexual assaults of her 7- and 4-year old daughters.
The judge ruled that the DNA evidence doesn't prove Lincoln's innocence. The results showed no male DNA, just that of the victims.
Prosecutors say Lincoln's conviction came largely because the two girls had identified him as their attacker.
The St. Louis Rams are again asking the state of Missouri to refund some of the taxes they've paid. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team has filed six appeals since 2008 asking for a total of $4.7 million.
This time, the team is claiming it collected too much in taxes from ticket buyers -- about 40 cents per $100 ticket. The paper reports Rams attorneys have filed a tax appeal asking for a $401,000 refund. And they want the state to forgive another $445,000.
The Rams say they discovered they've been charging state sales taxes on base ticket prices plus city taxes.
The team admits it can't return the money to ticket buyers.
Two people are dead and four other injured after a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 about 30 miles northeast of Carbondale, Illinois.
Police say 22 year old Megan Michelle Hester of Maryland Heights, Missouri lost control of the SUV she was driving Tuesday afternoon. It crossed the median into oncoming traffic and was hit by a tractor-trailer.
Two people from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 49 year old Jill Gibson and a 13 year old boy were killed. The teen's name hasn't been released. Hester and three passengers were seriously hurt. The semi driver wasn't hurt.
A man is in custody connected to the murder of St. Louis woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car.
The St. Louis Police say they were called to tow a car on December 20. In the trunk of the car they found the body of Sybil Brandon. Investigators say she had been shot in the head. Brandon had been reported missing on November 29 by her daughter.
The suspect has not been identified, but he is a 39-year-old man.