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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri will pay a southern California search firm $100,000 to guide the hiring process for the next chancellor of its Columbia campus.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates of suburban Los Angeles will screen prospective candidates to succeed Chancellor Brady Deaton, who is retiring in November. His replacement will be chosen by the university's Board of Curators and system President Tim Wolfe.

The California company's recent work includes the chancellor search at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and presidential searches at Carnegie Mellon and California State University, Los Angeles.

As with its recent presidential searches, Missouri won't disclose the names of finalists. Wolfe has set two meetings this week to solicit comments on desired qualifications for the next MU chancellor.

 

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:26
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A major milestone on construction of the New Mississippi River Bridge is set to take place this week.

MoDOT announced that the gap between the two sides will be closed. This final pieces of steel will be moved into place on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting. The public can view the work from the pumphouse alongside the river, near the Mullanphy entrance to the river wall.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:06
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It wasn't exactly a "beauty" pageant but local environmentalists say that was the idea as they held a mock pageant of their own.  They gathered along the St  Louis riverfront at Poplar Street and S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd to name what they consider the most dangerous toxic water polluters in St. Louis.

Members of the Sierra Club from St. Louis, Franklin and Jefferson counties held a “Miss and Mr. Toxic Water Pollution” pageant. Residents dressed in hazmat suits represented Ameren’s coal-fired power plants in the St. Louis metro area. They are trying to get the EPA's attention about what they say is the dumping of arsenic, lead, boron and selenium from Ameren Missouri’s Meramec, Sioux, Rush Island and Labadie coal-fired power plants into Missouri waterways.

The groups, Sierra Club Beyond Coal and Sierra Club Missouri say they want stronger federal standards limiting toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The mock pageant coincides with a new national report released by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups, including the Sierra Club. The report reviewed nearly 400 coal plant water permits across the country and its findings highlight the need for strong national coal plant water pollution standards.

The environmental groups claim existing guidelines written to limit toxics discharged from coal plants do not cover many of the worst pollutants such as those discharged in the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers, and have not been updated in more than 30 years.

In April 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first ever national standards for toxics dumped into waterways from coal plants.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 09:22
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Tickets go on sale today for the 111th Missouri State Fair. The theme for this year's fair is "Chicks Dig It!", and it will be held August 8-18 in Sedalia, Missouri. The new Jumbo Passes are being sold exclusively at Walgreens stores though August 7. Prices are $45 per ticket, and those are good for four consecutive days of gate admissions and unlimited rides August 12-15. Single day ride tickets are $18.95. Full list of prices and events:

Aug. 8, $2 gate admission all day for ages 6 and older. 

Aug. 11, free gate admission for active military, veterans and delayed recruits with appropriate I.D. and $1 gate admission for immediate family members. 

Aug. 11-15, $5 gate admission after 5 p.m. 

Aug. 15, free gate admission for women of all ages. 

Aug. 18, $4 gate admission for ages 13 and older and $1 gate admission for ages 6-12. 

Aug. 18, free gate admission for municipal, county and state law enforcement, Missouri firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics with appropriate I.D. and $1 gate admission for immediate family members. 

Aug. 18, $15, or half price, carnival ride wristbands will be available at carnival ride ticket booths located on the midway.

 
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:28
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The Illinois Department of Transportation says about $1.45 billion in contracts have been awarded so far for high-speed rail construction. 

    Work on the project is in its fourth season, and most of the current construction focuses on sidings and design of an automated control system. Officials hope to have the high-speed rail service between St. Louis and Chicago up and running in 2015.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:04
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A Collinsville man who dresses up as an evil clown and plays in a band called "The Core of Your Nightmares" has been charged with producing child pornography. 31-year-old Martin Evanick pleaded guilty on Monday to taking inappropriate pictures and having a sexual relationship with a minor. The investigation started after the mother of a 16-year-old girl tipped off police about the relationship. According to the federal indictment, the alleged abuse took place over a two-year period. Evanick faces up to 30 years in prison. 

 
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 07:45
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 A Shiloh, Illnois man has been jailed after being accused of causing injuries that sent his 4-month-old son to the hospital. Prosecutors have charged Randall Penn with five counts of aggravated battery to a child and two counts of aggravated domestic battery. The infant's injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 07:20
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    A Belleville clothing store is the latest target of a smash and grab. This happened around 4:30 this morning at Hays Top Style clothing on West Main at North 95th.

The front window was smashed. A witness saw someone leaving in a full size maroon vehicle heading west on Main.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 07:11
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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) - A hearing officer is weighing whether to restore the Illinois driver's license of a former state trooper blamed for a 2007 freeway crash in that killed two sisters.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Matt Mitchell said during Tuesday's hearing in Mount Vernon that he'll never drive again in Illinois. Now living in Texas, he says he needs the license to get a job.

A decision is expected within 90 days.

Mitchell was a state trooper driving more than 120 mph and using his cellphone in November 2007 when his car crossed the median on Interstate 64 east of St. Louis and slammed into a car occupied by two Collinsville sisters. The girls, ages 18 and 13, died.

Mitchell later received probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 06:47
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   STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man is charged with second-degree murder, accused of shooting another man following an argument along the Meramec River.

   The shooting happened Saturday afternoon. The suspect, 59 year old James Crocker of Steelville, is jailed on $650,000 cash-only bond.

   Court records allege that Crocker, a property owner along the river, was angry that a man on a float trip stopped to urinate on a gravel bar. Crocker is accused of shooting the man's traveling companion, 48 year old Paul Dart, Jr. of Robertsville.

  Dart's widow, Loretta Dart says her husband had tried to intervene to keep the peace.

   "My husband was trying to solve the situation without anyone getting hurt," she said.  "And it wound up taking his life." 

   Dart was shot in the head. Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin says Crocker then went to a neighboring home and asked a woman to call 911.

   Dart's widow says he was on his annual float trip with about 50 others.

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