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The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus is pushing back against Governor Jay Nixon's plan to change eligibility for food stamps.

State Senator Jamilah Nasheed spoke out at Mount Airy Missionary Baptist Church in North St. Louis. She says 58,000 Missouri adults could lose access to food stamp. Nixon has proposed removing Missouri from a waiver that allows childless adults to receive food stamps without meeting certain work requirements.

Nasheed spoke to Fox 2 News, "This is not the right thing to do. Have compassion for the poor, have a heart for the poor, and we`re going to do everything that we can to reverse this decision."

Nixon defends the decision, saying federal food stamp benefits could decrease. 

 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 13:30
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A local politician is accused of breaking his wife's wrist at their house this week.

Police say that Pagedale board member, James Thomasson got angry with his wife on Monday night, saying he did not like dinner. That is when investigators say Thomasson grabbed his wife by the wrist and twisted. Thomasson's wife drove herself to the hospital and X-rays showed she had a broken wrist.

According to court documents, Thomasson is “an alcoholic and was drunk at the time of the incident.”

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 13:08
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Initial testing work is about to start on a trench to help keep an underground fire at a suburban St. Louis landfill from reaching World War II-era nuclear waste buried 1,200 feet away.

Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks told The Associated Press Tuesday that initial survey work for the fire break at the Bridgeton Landfill will begin next week. Actual construction of the trench will start early next year and take several months.

The testing work was delayed more than two weeks by the federal government shutdown.

Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services Inc. is paying to build the dirt-filled trench aimed at keeping the smoldering away from the adjacent West Lake Landfill. EPA is supervising the work - West Lake was designated a Superfund site in 1990.

 
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 12:45
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Police have identified the body of a man found in the trunk of a burned out car.

Around 10 PM Saturday, authorities were called to the Washington Park area where they found a burning vehicle. Inside the trunk, they discovered the body of 30-year-old Demarco Fossett. Authorities have not publicly identified any suspects.

Anyone with information about Fossett's murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 12:02
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The City of St. Louis is getting a financial boost in an effort to increase election efficiency and provide up-to-date equipment and services for voters and poll workers.

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday the awarding of over $73-thousand in grants to St. Louis City saying, "The right to vote is fundamental and must be available to all eligible Missourians."

The funding is the result of two awards-- The Election Efficiency Grant and a Help America Vote Act Grant. The grants can be used to purchase certified voting equipment and replacement parts, train poll workers and update voter records. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:42
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A sheriff in Maryville, Missouri expects up to 2,000 people to show up for a protest later today that was organized on behalf of a girl who says she was sexually assaulted when she was 14.  

The case in Nodaway County has drawn national attention, leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Sheriff Darren White says the county is placing portable restrooms on Maryville's courthouse square and is taking other measures to accommodate those who attend the rally set for 6 o'clock this evening.

At least two activist groups have called for a protest of the county prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a boy accused in the January 2012 sexual assault of Daisy Coleman.  

The prosecutor says a lack of cooperation by the victim led to the charges being dropped.  The Coleman's refute that claim.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 08:56
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A volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with attempting to have sex with a minor. The United States Attorney's Office says 50-year-old Michael Engler was arrested during an undercover operation that found Engler allegedly agreeing to meet a person he thought was a 14-year-old male in order to engage in sexual activity. The investigation remains open because of Engler's affiliation with the Boy Scouts. Authorities are concerned there might be additional victims. If you have any information about Engler, please contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:01
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The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket Games 3 and 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium this weekend.  

The Kansas-based church has been banned in some states from protesting near the funerals of servicemen and women and is known for disrupting services of private citizens as well.

The church is calling for protesters to demonstrate against "the worthless strutting peacocks of these two baseball teams...glorifying themselves instead of God".  

St. Louis city police have said security downtown will be heightened for the Fall Classic.

Police Chief Sam Dotson met Monday with officials from the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol to discuss extra safety measures.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:58
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Three people are facing charges after authorities say they stole more than $50,000 worth of jewelry during a burglary in southwestern Illinois.

 

   Madison County officials say 20-year-old Dylan R. Bird, 19-year-old Jessica E. McCarty and 24-year-old Joshua M. Cooley are each charged with felony residential burglary.

   They're each being held on $50,000 bond.

 

   Prosecutors say the jewelry and another $300 in cash was stolen last week from a home in Collinsville. About half the stolen jewelry has been recovered.

 

   McCarty and Bird have also been linked to another theft and are facing other charges for that case.

 

   It wasn't clear if the three had lawyers and telephone listings for the trio couldn't be found.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:57
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Four years after the discovery of lead paint forced closure of the St. Louis Mounted Police stables in Forest Park, the stables are open once again. The stables were closed for remediation in 2009. Lt. Carlos Ross says three police officers and one park ranger are certified to ride six horses, but he is seeking to increase those numbers. The St. Louis Mounted Police Unit dates to 1867. The unit disbanded in 1948 but was re-established in 1970.

 
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