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   An endangered persons advisory has been cancelled after three children were found safe.  

   Authorities in St. Francois County say  7 year old Jesus Mendoza, 5 year old Juliana Mendoza, and 3 year old Jaysnia Mendoza were found last night.  

   Police say the children's mother, 28 year old Julie Mendoza doesn't have custody and she failed to return the children after a weekend visit.  

   The children were located with their mother and her boyfriend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It's believed they were en route to California.

   Charges are likely.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 01:46
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St. Louis Police again reminding gun owners to Park Smart. A sales representative for Rhino Arms, a gun company, had her car broken into this weekend.

She parked her car in a lot around 1:30 Saturday morning in the 1400 block of Lucas Avenue. The next afternoon, she noticed the car's rear window had been broken. Thieves had opened her trunk and stolen, three handguns, 160 rounds of ammunition, and an AR-15 rifle.

Police continue to investigate the crime.

Monday, 04 November 2013 15:48
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   A federal appeals court has temporarily halted plans to resume domestic horse slaughter.  The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver Monday issued a temporary injunction barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants.  

   Slaughterhouses in Missouri and New Mexico had hoped to start up as soon as this week after a federal judge in Albuquerque on Friday threw out a lawsuit by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups.  

   The groups filed an immediate appeal and won the emergency injunction.

   The order continues the on-again, off-again plans to resume domestic horse slaughter six years after  Congress cut funding for inspectors, forcing the last big slaughterhouses to close.

Monday, 04 November 2013 15:30
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ST. LOUIS -- AP -- A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a murder that happened more than 14 years ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 38-year-old Willie McNeil was sentenced Monday after a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The crime happened May 24, 1999, when 47-year-old Mark Raiffie was beaten and shot at the family business he ran, Raiffie Vending Co. 

The case went cold until a tipster called police with information and McNeil was charged with first-degree murder in 2011. As part of the plea deal, the charge was reduced to second-degree murder.

 

Monday, 04 November 2013 15:29
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St. Louis County police are turning to the public for help to find a suspect in a triple shooting this weekend.

Investigators say the victims and the suspect got into a confrontation Saturday afternoon. Then at 10:30 PM Saturday night, the groups met outside the Dellwood Market. Police say the suspect started shooting, and his three people. All the victims are expected to survive.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.

Monday, 04 November 2013 14:57
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A babysitter is on trial today for her role in the dead of a 13-month-old child who was under her care.

Jennifer Winkler is charged with second-degree murder for the death of Lily Rieger. Prosecutors say Winkler called 911 after allegedly shaking Lily.

The child was taken the hospital where she died with a fractured skull and brain injuries.

Monday, 04 November 2013 12:24
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri budget officials say the state's tax revenues have increased 2.5 percent through the first four months of the current fiscal year.

The state Office of Administration on Monday reported net general revenues through October. The state's current budget took effect July 1 and runs through next June.

For the current budget year so far, state corporate income and franchise taxes are up more than 26 percent. Individual income taxes are up 3.8 percent and sales taxes have increased 4.4 percent.

 

Monday, 04 November 2013 12:21
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Alton Middle School will be closed  Tuesday due to a gas leak.  

   The leak was discovered late Monday morning.  The school was closed and students sent home around 11:00 a.m.

   Ameren crews thought they had contained the leak, but it's turning out to be a little tougher to repair than originally thought.  So classes are cancelled while crews continue to work on it.  

   School officials say the closure is precautionary, since only a small amount of natural gas was detected inside the building. 

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A card game at a home in Wildwood ended on Sunday when one of the players shot another man in the side. It happened Sunday night in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue in the Glencoe area of Wildwood. Police say 37-year-old Alfred Castro got into an argument at the table, then went to his room and returned with a .38-caliber revolver. He then shot the 45-year-old male victim, who was later dropped off at a police station in Ellisville. Police found Castro several hours later with the weapon still in his possession. He is currently awaiting trial on a felony drug case in St. Louis County. 

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With the holiday season fast approaching, the American Red Cross is urging donors to make an appointment to give blood.

All blood types are needed, but O negative,  A negative and B negative are in greatest demand.  

There are numerous opportunities to donate throughout the region with blood drives beginning in mid-November.

Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties in Illinois already have 30 locations on the schedule and the entire St. Louis area, including St. Louis city, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties have dozens of locations ready to accept donations.  

To make an appointment or for more information in finding a blood drive location near you, go to: redcrossblood.org or call  1-800-RED CROSS.

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