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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against a Highway Patrol trooper's same-sex partner who sought survivor benefits.

Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard died in December 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating an accident on Interstate 44 in Eureka.

Missouri law entitles surviving spouses of Highway Patrol officers killed in the line of duty to an annuity. Engelhard's partner, Kelly Glossip, did not receive the benefit.

In a 5-2 ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court said Glossip was denied benefits because he and Engelhard were not married - not because of his sexual orientation.

The court noted that Glossip had not challenged Missouri's prohibition of same-sex marriage.

 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:28
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A popular circus performer from St. Louis has been identified as the victim of a fiery accident.

Police on Tuesday said 21-year-old Reginald Moore died in the wreck. Moore lost control of his 2003 Toyota Corolla on Friday afternoon and crashed into a concrete support for a railroad trestle.

A passing motorist stopped and pulled Moore from the car before it completely caught fire, but he had severe head and face injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The injuries were so severe that it took days for positive identification.

Moore was a juggler and acrobat for Circus Harmony.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:46
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Coal producer Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday it posted a lower-than-expected loss of $128.4 million in the third quarter as lowered expenses helped temper weaker coal prices.

The St. Louis-based company lost 61 cents per share in the July-through-September period. That compares with net income of $45.8 million, or 22 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, Arch said it lost $1.8 million, or a penny per share. That's down from an adjusted profit of $41.8 million, or 20 cents per share, last year.

Revenue fell 19 percent to $791.3 million from $975.2 million a year ago.

Analysts surveyed by Fact Set expected a loss of 31 cents on sales of $878.3 million.

Arch Coal shares fell 20 cents, or 4.8 percent, to $3.96 in morning trading.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:21
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An investigation underway in Franklin County after a St. Louis woman says she was raped by two armed men.

The woman told officers she was driving home to St. Louis from Cuba, when she became lost. When she pulled over to ask for directions, two men--one man armed with a knife, the other with a gun--approached her car. The men proceeded to sexually assault her.

The woman was treated for the assault at a hospital. Police have only a very vague description of the suspects. The woman was not able to tell authorities which direction the men drove off.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:19
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The 2013 season at Busch is now over, the focus now turns outside the stadium.

Ballpark Village is set to open next year and hiring is set to begin in the coming months. Employers say they will have information sessions and job fairs upcoming. Until then, candidates may want to contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment. SLATE advisors are offering to help anyone hoping to work at Ballpark Village.  Services include free resume-writing workshops, job training and interview tips.

SLATE staff should start referring candidates for open positions in January. But first, you must pre-register at a SLATE office.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:41
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With Halloween just a couple of days away, St. Louis County Police want to remind residents to make it a time of treat rather than trick.  

Police are urging people to remember that Halloween is a time of high pedestrian and vehicle traffic and to remain cautious and aware while enjoying any festivities.

Officials say some important tips include, driving slowly through neighborhoods and having children stay in large groups as there is safety in numbers.

Staying in lighted areas is also a safety precaution.

County police chief Tim Fitch says they are offering Halloween Safety Centers and extra patrols throughout every precinct on Halloween night.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:05
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A former Lindenwood University student must serve 90 days in jail, pay the school $5,000 and publicly apologize for publishing confidential student information online.

 

   The St. Charles County prosecutor's office said Addison Richard Todd was sentenced Monday. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with computer data and one count of tampering with a computer user. Both are misdemeanors.

 

   In March, an anonymous source began using Twitter and a Web-based file-sharing site to release a list of more than 180 students who had been suspended the previous semester. Student phone numbers, Social Security numbers, email addresses and grade-point averages were also posted.

   Todd must also pay about $1,600 in restitution to St. Charles County's cybercrime investigative unit, and is banned from any Lindenwood campuses.

 
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 07:30
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A temporary leader has been picked for the University Missouri-Columbia.

 

   University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced Monday that general counsel Steve Owens will serve as interim chancellor for the Columbia campus. The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://is.gd/o2IFZ1) reports that Owens will begin leading the school after the retirement of outgoing chancellor Brady Deaton takes effect on Nov. 15.

 

   MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton has been picked to serve as a transition executive. Owens and Middleton aren't candidates for the chancellor position.

 

   UM system spokesman John Fougere says the goal is to name a new chancellor soon. A search committee is in the process of vetting applicants and interviewing candidates.

 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency is alleging discrimination in her firing by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

   Gracia Backer was replaced in March as director of the Division of Employment Security in Missouri's labor department. Her ouster came at the same time that Nixon appointed labor department director Larry Rebman to a different job.

   Documents provided Monday to The Associated Press show Backer has filed a discrimination complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. The complaint claims Backer was fired after raising concerns that Rebman was discriminating against her and other older and female employees.

   Rebman told the AP on Monday that he didn't discriminate against Backer.

   The governor's office never announced why Backer was replaced as division director.

 
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   CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has removed a Facebook post that erroneously claimed a GOP leader had told the president, "I can't even stand to look at you."

   Durbin said Monday he's satisfied that that people now know he's not to blame for the mistake.

   The decision resolves a point of tension between the White House and one of President Barack Obama's most loyal defenders. The White House acknowledges the error stemmed from a "miscommunication."

   Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, was not at the meeting where the statement in question would have been made. He says his source was a White House staffer who briefed him.

   The post drew rebukes from Republicans who said no such statement was made.

 
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