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   Today is the start of unpaid furloughs for about 4,500 civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East. 

    For most workers at Scott Air Force Base--the 11 furlough days are being spread out in one-day-a-week increments for 11 weeks with many civilian workers opting for a 3-day weekend.   

      Lt. Korey Fratini tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch although the furlough days have been spread out it's still costing workers two weeks' pay. So, the base is offering financial and budgeting advice. Work normally done by furloughed workers are being picked up by remaining employees.

   Also,  Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri is furloughing about 3,400 civilian workers under a similar 11-week process.

     The furloughs are part of the sequester cost-cutting deal hammered out by the Obama Administration and Congress for the current fiscal year. 

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 11:54
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A St. Louis teen who had been reported missing in Florida over the weekend, has been found.

Florida authorities say Nicole Crowder was found this morning in Seminole County, which is north of Orlando. Police did not release any information on Crowder's condition. The girl was last seen with an unknown couple on the beach Saturday afternoon.

Authorities did not say if the couple was with Crowder when she was found. 

Monday, 08 July 2013 11:46
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The owner of a Missouri company seeking to open a horse-slaughter facility says he's been working with federal food safety officials to modify equipment at a processing site so the facility can humanely handle horses.

David Rains, of Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin, told The Springfield News-Leader he's been working with an equine consultant and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prepare the plant for horse slaughter. He says it's unclear how many horses the plant will handle if it's approved.

Animal protection groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants. The Humane Society's lawsuit names the Rains facility and other prospective plants in Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

The USDA didn't immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 11:40
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready for a "showdown" in Springfield over concealed carry legislation.

The Chicago Democrat has spent days making appearances talking up his sweeping changes to a bill that'd make Illinois the last state to allow concealed weapons.

But lawmakers are expected to override Quinn's changes when they meet Tuesday in Springfield. The bill's sponsor, among others, says the original measure came out of months of negotiations.

Quinn wouldn't say if he has the votes, but says he's working on it. He says the bill was influenced heavily by the National Rifle Association.

He spoke to reporters Monday in Chicago after signing legislation dealing with gang crimes.

Illinois has until Tuesday to legalize concealed carry after a federal appeals court ruled the state's ban unconstitutional.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 11:36
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  MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - Pilots at a southwestern Illinois Air Force base are decluttering cockpits, swapping pounds of paper maps and bulky flight manuals for iPads Minis.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports the experiment involves C-21A planes at Scott Air Force Base.

   Typically, each plane has about 50 pounds of paper on board, including maps, navigational charts and flight manuals. The printouts must be replaced every two months because they're continually updated.

   That costs money: about $25,000 a year in printing costs alone, plus the additional fuel that's consumed because of the weight.

   Maj. Jared Detloff is one of the pilots testing the 11 ounce tablet, which he velcros to a control yolk in the cockpit. He says there's been a learning curve to using the tablet, but so far it has been well-received.

  

Monday, 08 July 2013 11:04
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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today launched the statewide photo contest for the 2013-2014 Official Manual, State of Missouri (Blue Book). The theme for this year’s contest is “Remembering Harry,” in honor of the only U.S. president from Missouri.

“Remembering Harry” photo entries should embody the wisdom of one of our greatest residents, President Harry S. Truman, in honor and celebration of his time in office and service to the public. Photos will be judged in one or more of the following three categories:

“Carry the battle to them.” — Photographs of sporting events and competitions in Missouri. 

“The most peaceful thing in the world is plowing a field.” — Photographs of Missouri agriculture and natural settings. 

“I don’t believe in little plans.” — Photographs of unique celebrations and parades in Missouri.

Entry forms and contest rules are available on the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.mo.gov/photocontest. Entries may be submitted by email: publications@sos.mo.gov or by mail: 

Official Manual Photo Contest

Office of the Secretary of State

Division of Publications

PO Box 1767

Jefferson City, MO 65102-1767

Missouri residents of all ages are invited to participate in the photo contest. Participants may submit any number of photographs, but each photo must be accompanied by its own entry form. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013. 

Photo contest winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and selection by a committee within the Secretary of State’s office. The winning photos in each category will be published in the 2013-2014 edition of the Blue Book. All entries become the property of the Office of the Secretary of State and may be used in subsequent publications, with full credit given to the photographer. All submitted photographs will be added to the permanent collection of the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office.

 

 
Monday, 08 July 2013 10:07
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Todd Combs will spend one year behind bars after admitting to giving alcohol to his stepson hours before the boy's death. A tearful Todd Combs told the judge on Monday that he was just trying to fit in with his kids when he provided them with alcohol during a family outing on the Meramec River last year. His stepson Christopher Marks went missing that day, after family members told police he was drinking beer and acting funny. Christopher's body discovered downstream three days later. The prosecution was asking for a 7-year sentence, but they lacked physical proof that alcohol played a direct roll in the boy's death. By the time Christopher's body was found, it was too badly decomposed to get an accurate alcohol reading. Combs will also serve two years probation, during which time he'll be forced to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet. 

Monday, 08 July 2013 08:09
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     The search continues for a St. Louis-area teen who has been missing in Florida since Saturday.

    Police said 17-year-old Nicole Crowder was last seen in Daytona Beach in the company of a man and woman. Volusia County authorities said she was in Florida with her sister to visit her mother. 

   Police said Crowder has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old and takes medication for ADHD and bi-polar disorder, but does not have her medications with her.

     Daytona police say the teen was last seen with as a black man who is 30-years-old, bald, has a medium build, and gold teeth. The female is described as having a dark complexion, appears to be in her late teens, and was wearing a black bathing suit.

   If you have any information about Crowder’s whereabouts, please contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at (386)248-1777.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 07:45
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  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The grand opening of a new National Rifle Association museum takes place next month inside Bass Pro Shops' flagship store in southwest Missouri.

   The Springfield News-Leader reports the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum occupies about 7,500 square feet of the outdoor recreation outfitter. The Aug. 2 grand opening coincides with the start of Bass Pro Shops' Fall Hunting Classic.

   A Bass Pro announcement says the museum will have more than $20 million worth of firearms, including some from the 1600s.

   Company officials say the nearly 1,000 artifacts will include firearms used by Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne, as well as Napoleon's double-barrel sporting flintlock.

 
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Jury selection is set to begin today for a man charged with shooting a Maryland Heights police officer in the face. According to court records, Sergeant Joe Eagan was doing surveillance work in an unmarked police car on Jennings Station Road near I-70 in December 2010. That's when, police say, 19-year-old Evan Lockhart opened the passenger door and shot Eagan with a .38 caliber pistol. The officer survived the shooting. Lockhart's younger brother and another juvenile were also charged in the attack. Lockhart faces multiple charged including assault on a police officer and armed criminal action.

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