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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce has taken herself out of consideration to serve as special prosecutor in northwest Missouri.

Joyce had been on a short list of people being considered to reexamine the investigation into a sexual assault case in Maryville, Missouri.

Joyce declined the position after looking at the details of the case--she cited her workload as the reason for the decision. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:22
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt says there were no winners in the dispute that led to the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

Blunt was the lone Republican in Missouri's congressional delegation to vote Wednesday for compromise legislation that ended the shutdown and avoided a debt default.

But he said Thursday the dispute damaged the public's confidence in government. He also says the government continues to spend and borrow too much - issues he says must still be addressed.

All six Missouri Republicans in the House voted against the legislation. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and the state's two House Democrats voted for it.

The measure funds the government through Jan. 15 and allows the government to borrow normally through Feb. 7.

 

Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:11
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is bringing some more excitement to the industry.

The St. Louis-based company is starting a pilot program that will allow customers to rent a Harley-Davidson. The program is starting in the Sin City, Las Vegas. Enterprise will become the first major car rental company to rent motorcycles in the US. If the Vegas operation succeeds, the program could expand.

Be warned, it is pricey, with prices running between $120 to $160 a day.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:39
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Job cuts are coming to the Missouri town of Herculaneum.

The Doe-Run lead smelter will close at the end of the December and put 145 workers out of a job. The EPA says the company decided to close the plant instead of installing pollution control technology.

The Doe-Run plant has been in operation for over a century and is the last remaining lead smelter in the nation.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:43
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The heroin dealer at the center of the St. Clair County courthouse scandal, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday morning.

Sean McGilvery admitted to selling heroin, he now faces a decade in prison when he is sentenced in January. McGilvery is at the center of the case of Judge Mike Cook. Cook was arrested at McGilvery`s Belleville home back in May. McGilvery says the judge was at his house almost every day picking up heroin.

Cook's trial on heroin and weapons charges starts in December.

 

Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:38
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are investigating whether an officer's actions during a homicide investigation jeopardized murder charges against the mother of a 1-year-old whose body was found in a trash bin.

City prosecutors dropped murder and child abuse charges against Melissa Shawneece Jackson on Monday, a week before she was set to go to trial for the death of her 18-month-old son, Marquell.  The infant's body was found behind their Jefferson Avenue apartment building in May 2011.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an unidentified patrol officer was placed on administrative duty Wednesday as police conduct an internal investigation into his role.

Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum says the case collapsed after the officer testified in a deposition that he didn't alert detectives about incriminating statements made by Jackson's ex-boyfriend.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:31
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The circus is coming to town and so are the protesters. Members of PETA are staging a rally downtown today ahead of the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  

A herd of inflatable "elephants" will lead the protest.  PETA has criticized the iconic circus for abusing it's elephants, documenting their claims on a video expose.  

The demonstration, scheduled for noon, comes on the heels of a complaint that PETA filed with St. Louis Animal Care and Control urging officials to prohibit Ringling from forcing the elephant Siam to perform.

PETA claims that recent veterinary observations indicate that Siam suffers from toenail injuries on both rear feet.  

Foot injuries are the leading cause of euthanasia in captive elephants, and they are often associated with elephants' being continuously chained on hard surfaces.

 
Thursday, 17 October 2013 08:26
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   O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) - A man suspected of robbing a southwestern Illinois bank is jailed pending charges, as authorities try to figure out whether he may have been involved in holdups in other states.

   Investigators say the man was arrested Tuesday near a Swansea cornfield after they found a car matching the description of a vehicle that had been used two hours earlier to rob the Bank of O'Fallon.

   The search for the man involved dozens of law enforcers and an Illinois State Police airplane.

   Authorities say the man entered the bank, implied he had a weapon and demanded money from a teller before running away.

   O'Fallon interim police chief Jeff Wild says the man may be responsible for other bank robberies outside Illinois. 

   There's no immediate word on charges. The FBI is investigating.

 
Thursday, 17 October 2013 03:53
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   A metro-east man is facing felony charges for allegedly shoplifting a single bottle of liquor.  

   Madison County prosecutors have charged 23 year old Jason Whitney of Alton with felony theft.  Police say a worker at a Godfrey supermarket caught Whitney red-handed early Saturday morning.  

   Sheriff's Captain Mike Dixon told the Belleville News-Democrat that the alleged theft qualifies as a felony because of Whitney's burglary conviction earlier this year.

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   CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's pleased the Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal of a ruling that found his veto of lawmakers' pay unconstitutional.

   The court issued its one-page order Wednesday. A hearing date has not been set.

   Quinn halted lawmakers' salaries in July.  He said they shouldn't get paid until they addressed Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

   House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton then sued, arguing Quinn didn't have the authority to halt lawmaker paychecks.

   A Cook County judge in September ordered that legislators be paid immediately.

   Quinn appealed directly to the state's high court, saying his move was allowed through the state constitution.

   Quinn's spokeswoman says the governor will continue to not accept his own paycheck until pension reform is achieved.

 
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