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A hiker found dead in Canyonlands National Park in Utah last week is being identified as a 73 year old St. Louis man. The University of Missouri's website says Grant Welland was a retired UMSL professor.
His body was recovered Saturday in Horseshoe Canyon. The remote canyon is famous for its ancient rock art. Welland had been hiking alone. Welland was reported missing Friday, five days into his trek.
Wayne County sheriff's deputies say Welland had been carrying enough water and had good hiking shoes.
The Utah medical examiner will determine a cause of death.
Officials are responding to complaints that the city's tap water does not taste great.
The St. Louis Water Division posted a statement to its website that the taste is due to the growth of some matter in area rivers. Crews plans to flush the system with additional chemicals and the taste should be back to normal with a few days.
Officials stress that the water is safe to drink and meets all federal and state requirements.
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (AP) - Twenty-four years after a 14-year-old girl disappeared from near her eastern Missouri home, leads still trickle in concerning the disappearance of Gina Dawn Brooks.
Gina was last seen on Aug. 5, 1989. Her red bicycle was found on the street in her hometown of Fredericktown. There were reports of a light blue, gray or green station wagon at about the time a witness heard a scream in the neighborhood.
FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu told the Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. that new information still comes in from time to time, and agents investigate every tip.
Bryant Squires reportedly made a deathbed confession in 1996, indicting an associate, Nathan "Danny" Williams, but first-degree murder charges against Williams were eventually dropped due to lack of evidence.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three road safety bills into law, including one beefing up adult drivers' education requirements.
Another lets the Secretary of State's office reject driver's permits or licenses for drivers 18 years and younger who have pending citations. The law was prompted by a 15-year-old who was seriously injured when hit by a teen driver. That driver received a license days later.
The third law deals with limiting court supervision as a sentence when a driver is charged in a fatal accident. The law was named for a woman who was killed by a distracted driver. The driver was sentenced to court suspension which means he didn't get a conviction on his record. The law takes effect Jan 1.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis music community is mourning the loss of a longtime fixture who died over the weekend after falling into an open elevator shaft.
Bob Reuter died in the accident Saturday afternoon while moving into a downtown loft. Authorities say it was dark inside the elevator shaft. Reuter stepped in, assuming the elevator was there, and fell about 18 feet to his death.
Reuter was recently involved in a new band, Alley Ghost. He also hosted a weekly radio program, "Bob's Scratchy Records," on KDHX-FM.
The accident remains under investigation.
A suspect remains at large after robbing the Dollar General store in Hazelwood.
The robbery happened just before noon Monday. Police say a woman walked up to the cashier, demanded money and told her she had a weapon. The suspect was able to escape with the money. Anyone who might have seen something is asked to call the Hazelwood Police at 314-838-5000.
The Metro workers union released a statement saying they are pleased with progress made by mediators.
The Local 788 is arguing that Metro should not be allowed to scrap the pension plan for current employees. Company officials were trying to transition the pension to a 401k for all employees, past, current, and future.
The mediators have also sided with the workers who are asking for a livable wage increase.
A customer at a Shell gas station in Chesterfield is being credited with foiling an attempted robbery.
Just after ten Monday morning, police say a suspect walked into the station, pointed a gun at the cashier, and demanded money. A customer started walking up to the station and that caused the suspect to run into a waiting car and speed away.
Police have released images of the suspect as well as the escape car. Anyone with any information should contact Detective Ovca or Detective Brandt at the Chesterfield Police Department 636-537-3000 or Crime Stoppers 866-371-8477.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago federal appeals court isn't letting Illinoisans immediately tote firearms in public under the state's fledging concealed-carry law, but says it will give the matter a speedy review.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down the emergency injunction request by gun-rights advocates who wanted Illinois gun owners to be able carry concealed weapons now instead of waiting months for the permitting process to be set up.
Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association say the wait is unreasonable and unconstitutional.
The 7th Circuit will hear the case, but hasn't scheduled arguments.
The Illinois Legislature passed the last-in-the-nation concealed carry law July 9 against the governor's objections. Illinois State Police have 180 days to set up the process and another 90 days to process applications.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is reporting one new case of a rare stomach illness, bringing the total number of cases in the state to five.
Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says health officials are still investigating the source of the bug and have been unable to link the illness to any food source.
An outbreak of the same infection in Iowa and Nebraska has been tied to salad mix supplied by a Mexican farm.
In Illinois, none of the people infected has required hospitalization. The cases of cyclosporiasis were reported in Montgomery, Jo Daviess, Lake, Sangamon and McHenry counties.
The most recently reported case is in McHenry County. That person got sick the third week of July.
Health officials believe the Sangamon County patient acquired the infection in Iowa.