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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a southwest Missouri man charged in the theft of more than $100,000 worth of cattle and equipment might be part of a larger rustling ring.

DNA found on a paper towel near the scene of a cattle theft in May 2012 led to the arrest last week of 67-year-old Howard Perryman of Monett. Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says Perryman was a cattle rustler when Arnott started as a deputy sheriff in 1988 and still is.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Perryman has more than 30 felony convictions. He was charged last week with two counts of felony stealing and one count of felony tampering.

He was being held in the Greene County Jail on $1 million bond. He didn't yet have an attorney Tuesday.

 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:42
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CHICAGO (AP) - The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election and not run for governor has created a ripple effect among Illinois Democrats weighing 2014 bids.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul had been considering running for attorney general if Madigan didn't seek re-election. He says now that he's not sure if he'll seek another office instead or run for re-election.

The Chicago lawmaker says he first has to deal with Illinois' biggest financial problem. Raoul chairs a panel charged with addressing the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon had also been considering a run for attorney general, along with other statewide offices.

Campaign manager Dave Mellet says Simon will make a decision soon. He says state comptroller is among the offices she's eyeing.

 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:40
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The search is underway for a paroled sex offender who authorities say bolted from his East St. Louis halfway house.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is searching for Frederick Buettner. He was convicted in 2004 after being charged with felony predatory criminal sexual assault. He was paroled in May.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:27
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]The missing person advisory issued early today has been canceled.

Authorities found Otis Byrd in good condition in St. Louis County. Byrd was last seen at Barnes Jewish Hospital Monday night.

Byrd suffers from schizophrenia. 

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A man who suffers from schizophrenia is missing and the subject of an endangered persons alert.

Otis Byrd was last seen taking leaving his assisted living facility on Monday morning. He told the person he was traveling with that he would take a bus back to the Independence Center, but never arrived. St. Louis County Police confirm that he was seen at Barnes Jewish Hospital Monday night, but his whereabouts after that are unknown.

Byrd is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, weighing 210 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341.  

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013 14:33
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployment rate edged up slightly even though businesses added thousands of jobs in June.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that employer payrolls grew by 12,800 jobs in June, compared with the previous month.

Despite that growth, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also inched up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in June.

The largest job growth occurred in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 5,400 jobs. An additional 4,700 jobs were added in retail and wholesale trade, and 2,000 jobs were added in durable goods manufacturing.

 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 13:34
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A Missouri man faces several charges after he allegedly stole more than $1 million from a business his mother co-owned.

Prosecutors allege that Michael Britt stole the money over a six-year period. Britt worked as the bookkeeper at Gene-Del Printing in Brentwood. He told his mother that starting in 2005 he would make out checks to himself and forge the owners' signatures. Investigators say that over an 11-month period, he forged 166 checks.

Britt faces a dozen charges of forgery and is held on a $35,000 bond.

 

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The heat is on in St. Louis for the next several days and Ameren has teamed with local technicians to help you save money on your air conditioning.

With temperatures into the high 90's for the next several days, Ameren Missouri wants its customers to know you can get  money back from everything from a tune up on your air conditioner to upgrading to an energy efficient unit. Cara Dolly says the utility has teamed with some 300 area contractors with rebates up to $720 on a new unit.

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Ex-cons in the St. Louis area are getting a new lease on life thanks to grants from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Labor handed out a $1.4 million dollar grant to the Fathers' Support Center, which helps returning offenders reintegrate into society. The FSC works in partnership with the St. Louis Agency of Employment Training.

 

200 participants will take part in the program. Frederick Pearson is a recent graduate. He did 11 months in prison for stealing cars. 

 

"I want to get a career instead of one of those dead-end jobs," Pearson said. "Being a part of this program is awesome."

 

According to Mayor Slay, ex-offenders who are enrolled in rehabilitation programs are 4 times more likely to stay out of trouble.

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   Oakville residents say they will take their opposition to a large, senior housing complex in South County to court if necessary.  That was the message delivered by residents who packed a St. Louis County Planning Commission meeting Monday night.  

   The three-story, low income housing project already under construction at Telegraph and Erb by National Church Residences had been approved by the St. Louis County Council.  But residents demanded county officials revisit the issue, claiming they hadn't been told about the project ahead of time.  

   An attorney for National Church Residences says construction on the project will not halt, and his clients are also ready to take the issue to court.

 
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   SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.

   In a statement Monday, the Chicago Democrat says she considered mounting a challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided to stay in her current job and to seek re-election.

   Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the powerful speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.

   Madigan's exit leaves former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who's formed an exploratory committee to challenge Quinn, and four Republicans. Illinois faces major financial challenges, including a $97 billion hole in its pension funding.

   Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.  In a statement Monday, the Democrat says she did consider mounting a challenge to Governor Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided against it.  Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.

   The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election may have put a cramp into the plans of at least two Democratic politicians - state Sen. Kwame Raoul and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

   Raoul has made clear he would make a bid for the attorney general's office if Madigan ran for governor.

   Raoul planned to ramp up his fundraising efforts after the close of the last Legislative session.

   Simon has long made it known her political future won't include re-election next year. However, she hasn't been clear on what office she might seek instead. Simon has touted her legal background.

 

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