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   A cheerful, joking George Ryan says he feels "wonderful" after being released Wednesday from home confinement.

   The former Illinois governor spoke outside his home in Kankakee, saying he felt good, physically and mentally.  

   The day marked the end of more than five years in federal custody for corruption.  In January, the 79 year old was released from an Indiana prison and moved to confinement at his home.

   Asked what he's doing now, Ryan says he's writing a book, but didn't elaborate.

Thursday, 04 July 2013 03:13
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The St Louis County Police Department has issued an Endangered Persons Advisory for a father and son who went missing yesterday.

A woman called police after he husband and 16-year-old son did not return from a fishing trip. Officers have searched the Mermec River in the area extensively, but have not uncovered evidence that the two men drowned. The missing men are 36-year-old Michael Hill and 16-year-old David Hill. 

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 17:55
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A pedestrian is severely injured after being struck by a hit and run driver.

The unidentified victim was hit at the intersection of Oak Forest Drive and Laura Hill Road in St. Charles around 4 PM. The driver sped away after hitting the pedestrian. The victim is listed in extremely critical condition.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 17:31
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St. Louis County Police are performing a final sweep of the Meramec River after two men went missing yesterday.

A woman called police after her husband and 16-year-old son did not return from a fishing trip near the Pacific Palisades. A search and rescue operation started Tuesday after noon, but was suspended overnight. Police say they do not believe the two men drowned, but are performing the final search of the river.

Authorities believe the two men left the area voluntarily, but neither the father or son have been seen since yesterday.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:28
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation aimed at keeping the names of people who committed offenses as juveniles off Missouri's public sex offender registry.

The governor said Wednesday the legislation is too broad and would apply to anyone regardless of the crime that was committed. Nixon says crime victims would have been deprived the chance to be heard before someone's name is removed from the public websites, which are aimed at protecting the public.

The vetoed legislation also ultimately would have allowed juveniles to petition the court for removal from the sex offender registry.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 13:12
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A ten month old girl is safe and sound after being abducted by her father this morning. Police say around 9AM Bryan Grant kicked in the door of the girl's home and kidnapped the girl. About six hours after an Amber Alert was issued, police found the girl outside the home of one of Grant's friends. Grant remains on the loose. 

The suspect is identified as:

Bryan Grant

b/m 1/21/1990

5’10, 145

Brown eyes, black hair.

 

 

The child’s name is Demi Grant, b/f, 11 months of age.

 

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 12:11
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has reversed course and will allow a veteran officer to moonlight as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana organization.

 

   Dotson wrote to police Sgt. Gary Wiegert on Tuesday saying his request for "secondary employment" will be allowed.

 

   Wiegert filed a complaint earlier this year with U.S. District Court claiming the department violated his First Amendment rights to free speech for refusing to allow him to lobby on behalf of Show-Me Cannabis.

 

   Wiegert worked for three years as a lobbyist for the St. Louis Tea Party. In February, he submitted a new application to the department. The application did not require him to state for whom he would lobby. It was approved but revoked after the department learned Wiegert was lobbying for the pro-marijuana group.

 
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:12
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CHICAGO (AP) - Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is officially a free man.

 

   The 79-year-old spent more than five years in prison for corruption, and in January he was moved to home confinement.

 

   Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says Ryan was released Wednesday morning, a day ahead of schedule.

 

   Ryan spent months in his Kankakee home, only allowed to leave for events such as doctor's appointments or to attend church.

 

   He was sentenced to 6 { years in prison in 2007, but his sentence was reduced for good behavior.

 

   The Republican was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI in 2006. He was also accused of stopping an investigation into secretary of state employees accepting bribes for truck driver's licenses.

 
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri may have to resort to using the gas chamber to carry out death sentences as an "unintended consequence" of the state Supreme Court's refusal to set execution dates.

 

   Executions have been on hold in Missouri since the state Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates. The court says execution dates would be "premature" until a federal legal challenge is resolved regarding the use of the drug propofol as Missouri's new execution method.

 

   Koster told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday (http://bit.ly/13lennE ) that if the court doesn't change course, the legislature may have to fund alternative execution methods. The only execution methods authorized in Missouri are lethal gas and injection.

 

   Koster says the gas chamber may be the last option to enforce state law.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 08:05
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   Fifty-five hospitals in 21 states, including one in the St. Louis area, have agreed to pay $34 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that they used more expensive inpatient procedures rather than outpatient spinal surgeries to get bigger payments from Medicare.  

   The Justice Department announced the settlement Tuesday over kyphoplasty procedures used to treat spinal fractures usually caused by osteoporosis.  

   Des Peres Hospital in west St. Louis County has agreed to pay $900,000 to satisfy its part of the settlement. 

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