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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One of the most famous Abraham Lincoln artifacts is going on public display in Springfield.

   A copy of his Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln's own hand will be available for public viewing starting Thursday and running through November at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

   Lincoln gave his 272-word speech on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Soldiers' Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. A battle there four months before left more than 50,000 dead or wounded.

   Lincoln wrote out five copies of the address. The version in Illinois is known as the "Edward Everett copy." The scholar and politician also spoke at the dedication and Lincoln agreed to make him a copy.

   Everett's speech lasted two hours and was little remembered in posterity. Lincoln's lasted two minutes.

   

 
Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:31
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The developer of one of the Chesterfield outlet malls has an even larger project planned. 

Wolf Properties is one of the key players in the development of St. Louis Premium Outlets. Dean Wolf is the President of the company and says they have ambitious plans for the land next to the mall.

The project is called Chesterfield Blue Valley and it will be a 73-acre multi-use development. Wolf projects that within five years, the development will have a huge economic impact on the region."We're anticipating that the additional sales are about $350 million and the real estate taxes generated are about $24 million", says Wolf

The development is using no TIF funds. Wolf has not announced any businesses who have signed on to be a part of the development, but will when the outlet mall opens on August 22. 

 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:54
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Police are asking for help finding the car used by suspects in a fatal shooting on Tuesday.

Police say the suspect exited a dark green Audi A-6 near a North St. Louis halfway house, produced an assault rifle, and shot a victim in another car several times. The car is a dark green, 4-door, Audi A6 with heavily tinted windows. It has a .S. Government license plate #G122335K that was stolen from St. Louis City.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:52
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Severe storms are rolling through the St. Louis area. A severe thunderstorm warning just expired for St. Louis city and county.

The storms brought a mix on very heavy rain and strong winds. Ameren is already reporting over 5,400 customers with out power. The outages are concentrated in St. Charles and St. Louis counties--with around 4200 outages in St. Charles. 

The storms are now taking aim at the metro east as severe warnings are issued Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Cos. in Illinois until 5:35 p.m..

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:47
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The man who jumped off the Meramec River Bridge to avoid authorities, has been arrested.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says they found the man this afternoon. Troopers did not release the suspect's name, but family members of Jeff Henning spoke media outlets earlier today saying they believed the missing man was their relative.

The incident started at 1:30 AM Wednesday, when police pulled over the suspect. He sped off and while crossing the bridge, exited his car and jumped into the river.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:26
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A Maplewood man is headed to prison for offering a reward to anyone who killed Maplewood Police Officers.

William Lawrence first came to the attention of authorities in February of 2012. Officers responded to a call and arrested him. During the incident, officers discovered marijuana plants and firearms in his apartment. After being released, Lawrence repeatedly demanded his firearms be returned, but police were holding them as evidence.

Frustrated, Lawrence then placed an ad on Craigslist that offered $1 million to anyone who murdered an officer. Lawrence will spend six years behind bars.

 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:44
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A car wash is set for this weekend that will benefit the family of a slain Kirkwood teen.

Brandon Richards was murdered earlier this month. Two other teens, 19-year-old Nicholas Luncerford and 18-year-old Keenan Miller, were charged with his murder.

The benefit will run from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday at the Kirkwood Early Childhood Center on 100 North Sappington Road in. The event will feature food, treats, face painting, games, a football game, and shirts & bracelets for sale. 

 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:30
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The General Motors plant in Wentzville gets an infusion of money from Detroit to help in the building of two midsize pickups.

 

General Motors will invest $133 million to add a third stamping press to its Wentzville Assembly and Stamping plant. It's where the  Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana are built.  But it's undergoing construction for production of GM’s next-generation midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Dave Baldridge with G-M tells me the move has the  potential for creating or retaining approximately 55 jobs...

Baldridge says the new press will increase the plant’s capacity in stamping fenders, doors and other key components for the new pickups and full-size vans.

Construction will begin next month and GM expects the press to be operational by early 2015.  

Wentzville Assembly employs approximately 2,000 employees across two shifts. 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:48
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The Supreme Court invalidated parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, but the Archdiocese of St. Louis is standing firm on its opposition of gay marriage.

The Archdiocese says in a statement that "marriage predates both the U.S. government and Western civilization". The statement also states the ruling does not change the Archdiocese "responsiblity to defend marriage as being between one man and one woman".

Wednesday's ruling allows same-sex couples to receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The full statement from the Archdiocese is below:

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to dismiss the California Proposition 8 appeal does not change the reality of marriage, nor does it change the Archdiocese of St. Louis's responsibility to defend marriage as being between one man and one woman. It is important to note that marriage predates both the U.S. government and Western civilization.

 

 From a Catholic perspective, it is not enough to offer the Church’s position on same-sex union without also saying how it fits into a broader understanding of the sacrament of marriage, human sexuality, and the Gospel of Life as taught by Blessed John Paul II. The vocation to serve God and society through married life is a sacred union in which man and woman become one flesh. The Catholic Church does not condemn individuals for having same-sex attraction. She teaches that all people are called to responsibility regarding sexuality. The sexual union of a man and woman, when not obstructed by contraceptives, is the kind that is open to life even if new life is not the result.

 

 We understand that married persons imitate the way Christ offers His body completely and permanently to the Church so that we might have life, and have it abundantly. This truth is written into our bodies as well as on the pages of the Old and New Testaments. While the law can allow other things to be called marriage, it cannot make them into the kind of union that is marriage. 

 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:28
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield company has received scores of messages from people complaining about the hits cooking maven Paula Deen has taken since admitting to using a racial slur in the past, and is hoping to use that attention to woo Deen to Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the complaints being sent to The Food Channel are intended for the similarly named Food Network, which announced it's not renewing Deen's contract since she admitted using a racial slur years ago.

The Food Channel, which produces cooking-themed content in Springfield, says it would welcome giving Deen a chance "to get back to the food." It said Deen would have the chance to "shape a fledgling network."

Kay Logsdon, The Food Channel's editor-in-chief, says Deen has apologized, and America is "very forgiving."

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