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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll decide on a concealed carry bill in a "very reasonable period of time" as the state faces a court-mandated deadline next month.

Lawmakers have sent the Chicago Democrat a bill that outlines rules for who can carry.

Illinois had the nation's last ban on concealed weapons in public. But a federal appeals court ruled it unconstitutional. Lawmakers have until July 9 to comply.

Twenty-three Senate Democrats sent Quinn a letter last week urging him to make his intentions known soon. They're worried they won't have enough time to figure out next steps if he vetoes the bill.

Quinn told reporters Tuesday that it's a very complex and long bill and he wants a thorough review.

Several counties are refusing to uphold the state's ban.

Monday, 24 June 2013 16:32
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St. Louis police have identified a young woman found dead over the weekend.

29-year-old Annette Bock was found inside a vacant North City home around 6:30 on Saturday evening. No signs of trauma were visible on her body. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Monday, 24 June 2013 15:48
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former southwest Missouri man is serving nine years in prison without parole for an investment scheme that defrauded senior citizens out of nearly $1.2 million.

 

   Federal prosecutors announced Monday that 68-year-old Steven Gwin, formerly of Ozark, was sentenced Friday and ordered to pay $1.17 million in restitution.

 

   Gwin pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to mail fraud and money laundering. Between August 2005 and March 2007, Gwin solicited investments for retirement ventures and conducted seminars for senior citizens to promote the investment programs.

 

   But prosecutors say once individuals invested with Gwin, he used their funds for personal expenses.

 
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It came down with a... whisper.

Unlike demolition, deflation is a little quieter, as witnessed by those who watched the Explorer Dome's 16 year run hosting special exhibits, weddings and parties at the St. Louis Science Center came to an end Monday morning. It will take about six weeks to clear up the area and plans for the next exhibit remain under discussion.

Science Center president Bert Vescolani says the new exhibit will feature the area's strengths,"Celebrate what the region does really well and some of the things that are special about this region. We are fortunate to have such a huge science, technology, engineering, math community, so we've got a lot of content and a lot of resources to work with."

It took less than ten minutes to deflate the Explorer Dome, which opened in 1997 as a temporary exhibit space.

Monday, 24 June 2013 13:31
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A man was found dead inside a Best Buy "Geek Squad" car today.

Police found the car along the side of eastbound Interstate 64 in Chesterfield around 9:30 this morning. KMOV reports there were no clues as to his cause of death. The victim has not been identified.

 

Monday, 24 June 2013 13:26
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man will serve one year and one day in prison with no chance of parole for evading federal reporting rules to conceal a scheme to sell stolen cooking oil.

The U.S. Attorney's office says in a news release Monday that 46-year-old Jesse Arnold of Sarcoxie was sentenced Friday. He also must also forfeit $207,817.

Arnold operated 4 States Grease Company, which collected spent cooking oil for recycling. He admitted last December that he knew he was buying old cooking oil that had been stolen by various drivers from businesses in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Prosecutors said Arnold avoided federal reporting requirements by making withdrawals from his business checking count for less than $10,000. Banks must file a currency transaction report for any financial transaction over $10,000.

Monday, 24 June 2013 12:32
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Wayne Hubert, the man who allegedly left his son in a sweltering car last week, is out on bond.

Police say Hubert loaded his 23-month-old son in the car, then went inside and forgot about him. The boy was found until hours later, and died. The inside of the car reached over 100 degrees. Investigators say Hubert was drunk when they arrived.

He faces involuntary manslaughter charges.

Monday, 24 June 2013 12:16
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IBERIA, Mo. (AP) - A missing 13-year-old girl has been found dead in rural central Missouri.

The Miller County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that the body of the girl was found in a wooded area at an unoccupied farm near Iberia.

Macala Shelton has been reported missing Saturday by her grandmother, and the sheriff's office had issued an endangered person advisory for her. The grandmother told authorities that Macala had gone to bed shortly before midnight Friday but was not there the next day.

The sheriff's office says an autopsy is being conducted.

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The father of Christopher Marks, the 12-year-old who drowned in the Meremac River last year, faces sentencing today for supplying alcohol to minors. 43-year-old Todd Comes has been charged with 7 counts of child endangerment. Police say Combs supplied alcohol to his son and six other children during a family picnic last August. His stepson Christopher was last seen on a rope swing near the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area around 7:30 that night. A massive search of the river and surrounding areas turned up nothing for days...but the boy's body was later discovered a few miles away. 

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A three-year effort to rebuild part of a busy downtown street is nearly finished. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 10-block rebuilding of Tucker Boulevard is expected to be done by August. The project cost nearly $34 million, in part because it required demolition of the rusting bridge-like structure over an old underground streetcar line. Federal stimulus money funded much of the project, which also includes streetscape improvements. The new street will serve as a main route to and from downtown to the new Mississippi River bridge expected to open early next year.

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