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Guests at a local motel were evacuated overnight after a suspected meth lab was discovered during a police response to a domestic disturbance. Sunset Hills police were called to a room at the Econo Lodge Inn at Lindbergh and Watson Rds. around midnight. While investigating that incident, an officer discovered another crime in progress in a different room. Sunset Hills police chief William LeGrand says the officer saw a subject sitting outside the hotel cutting batteries with a pipe cutter. The policeman then saw smoke and pushed the room door open to make sure that there wasn't a fire. At that point, the Chief says, the officer was overcome a bit by the fumes. The subject was arrested. He had apparently been attempting to cook methamphetamine in the room. After St. Louis County police Hazmet crews inspected the area, guests were allowed to return to their rooms. The officer was taken to the hospital, treated and released.  Charges have not yet been filed. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:10
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   St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson is scheduled to give a deposition Thursday in the sex abuse case involving Father Joseph Jiang.

   Father Jiang has been charged with child endangerment for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old Lincoln County girl.  He also faces witness tampering charges.  Father Jiang has pleaded not guilty.  

   A spokesperson for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says this is the first time a high ranking Catholic official in St. Louis will give a deposition in a criminal child sex abuse case.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 04:06
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   Part time employees at one of the metro area's biggest healthcare providers may soon lose their health insurance.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that BJC Healthcare is preparing to cut health insurance benefits for employees who work less than 24 hours each week.  

   The paper cites two part time nurses as saying that managers and Human Resources representatives recently began informing certain employees of the plan.  Hospital official declined to comment on any planned changes, but did tell the paper that they are in the process of sharing their 2014 benefits plan with employees.  

   The change of policy could affect thousands of workers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Christian Hospital and other BJC hospitals, outpatient centers and clinics. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:27
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   If it feels like you are making less money now than you were before the Great Recession, you just might be.  

   Census data released Wednesday indicates that inflation in St. Louis has increased faster than income since 2007.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that when adjusted for inflation, median household income for the region was just over $52,000 last year, compared with more than $58,000 in 2007.  

   And the poverty rate has jumped to 14.3 percent this year from 11 percent six years ago.  

   Its a national problem.  Inflation has outpaced income in 95 of the largest 100 metro areas.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 01:40
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   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boeing Co. announced Wednesday that it will end production of its C-17 Globemaster III military cargo jet and close the final assembly plant in Long Beach in 2015, putting as many as 3,000 jobs at risk as orders plunged in the fragile world economy.  That includes about 300 workers in St. Louis.

   "Our customers around the world face very tough budget environments. While the desire for the C-17's capabilities is high, budgets cannot support additional purchases in the timing required to keep the production line open," Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said in a statement. "What's more, here in the United States the sequestration situation has created significant planning difficulties for our customers and the entire aerospace industry."

   Last week, the Long Beach plant delivered the last of 223 C-17s produced for the U.S. Air Force. Nan Bouchard, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager, said the company will complete 22 final aircraft: seven for the Indian Air Force, two for an international customer that she declined to name, and 13 that have not yet been sold.

   "Despite strong international interest, we did not receive sufficient orders" to continue production, she said.

   Boeing said it expects the announcement to result in a charge of less than $100 million this quarter, and that will not impact financial guidance for the year.

   The company will begin reducing the C-17 workforce in 2014 at plants in Long Beach; Macon, Ga.; Mesa, Ariz.; and St. Louis. However, Boeing will make efforts to provide jobs elsewhere with the company, Bouchard said, and had plans to continue a repair and spare parts program for the planes through 2017 at least, Bouchard said.

   With modernization and upkeep, the big planes are expected to last for decades, she said.

   The massive, four-engine C-17 made its first flight in 1991, and military deliveries began about two years later. The plane is used to airlift tanks, supplies and troops as well as performing medical evacuations. It quickly became a war and disaster workhorse, prized for its ability to operate from basic airstrips and cover intercontinental distances with a full load without refueling.

   With a payload of 160,000 pounds, it is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers and their equipment.

   Design work on the plane began at the million-plus square-foot Long Beach facility in 1981, when it was a McDonnell Douglas facility. Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s. Boeing has so far delivered 257 planes worldwide, at a cost of about $311 million each when research, development and construction costs are included.

   The Long Beach plant has about 2,000 employees.

   "It will be sad that we're closing this last major production facility in Southern California but again, we're all very proud to be part of that heritage," Bouchard said.

   Boeing has about 20,000 employees in California, working on a variety of projects. That includes commercial aircraft, new markets such as cyber security and the largest satellite design and manufacturing factory in the world, Boeing said.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 01:31
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   There were no million dollar winners in Missouri or Illinois from Wednesday's Powerball drawing.  

   One winning ticket was sold in South Carolina.  That ticket is worth an estimated $400 million.  

   Lottery officials report the top prize won in Missouri was $10,000 for one lucky player who matched four white balls and the Powerball.  There were nine such $10,000 winners in Illinois.

   The Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 18:   07 - 10 - 22 - 32 - 35 and the Powerball was 19.  

   The jackpot for the next drawing on Saturday, Sept. 21 is expected to be $40 million.

 

Thursday, 19 September 2013 01:09
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   ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri University of Science and Technology is reporting record enrollment, including record numbers of female and minority students.

   The Rolla campus of the University of Missouri system released the figures Wednesday from the first four weeks of the fall semester.

   Registrar Deanne Jackson says total enrollment stands at a record 8,130 students, up 6.3 percent from September 2012.

   Female enrollment is at an all-time high, with 1,839 women attending. And the number of minority students rose 9.6 percent from last year, to an all-time high of 881.

 

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:25
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A grand jury in Effingham County has indicted 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on three counts of first-degree murder.

DeRyke is accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece Willow Long to death on September 8. For each count of murder, he faces a mandatory term of life in prison if convicted.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken her brother into protective custody and is investigating Willow's mother.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:17
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St. Louis Police say they have arrested the people responsible for a series of robberies and shootings earlier this week.

Officers say a 32-year-old man and 28-year-old woman are responsible for three robberies on Monday night. The first happened just after 8 PM, when the pair allegedly shot a victim. About an hour later, police say the couple robbed and shot a victim. And just 10 minutes later and just blocks away, the pair robbed another person.

The suspects were captured after police released a photo of the woman using a debit card that was taken from one of the victims. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:13
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Joe Edwards, the man many say is behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop, was recognized for his work.

The Landmark Association honored Edwards with a lifetime achievement award. The group is citing his preservation and rehabilitation work on the Loop. Edwards owns Blueberry Hill and is responsible for bringing the Walk of Fame, Pageant, and Moonrise Hotel to the area. He also rehabbed a dozen buildings, filled them with boutique retailers, and restored the Tivoli Theater.

Edwards received the award September 12.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:34
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