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   A St. Louis man is among the dead after an EF5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma last week.  The twister killed 24 people and among them, St. Louis native Leslie Johnson.  

   Johnson's ex-wife and three children live in south St. Louis.  His family says Johnson had gone to Oklahoma two months ago to search for work.  

   Johnson had taken refuge in a closet when the storm hit and was killed when the building he was in was flattened.  

   A funeral home in Oklahoma City donated the cremation services, but his family needs help paying for a funeral.   Donations can be made at the following website.

 

 

 

 
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 01:15
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration says a suburban St. Louis pharmaceutical company is wrong for marketing its pseudoephedrine product to imply methamphetamine cannot be made with it.

But Westport Pharmaceuticals insists its Zephrex-D is impractical as an ingredient for meth, even if small amounts of the drug can be extracted from it. The Maryland Heights, Mo., company began selling the cold and allergy medication last year.

The DEA's acting special agent in charge of the St. Louis office, James Shroba, sent Westport a letter dated May 6 and called the company out on its marketing of Zephrex-D as meth-resistant.

Westport spokeswoman Emilie Dolan said Tuesday that only small amounts of meth can be extracted. She says it would cost meth-makers $250 to $500 to make a single dose using Zephrex-D.

 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 17:35
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St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings is expanding its presence in the largest city in the Midwest.

Enterprise announced the purchase of IGO--a non-profit car-sharing company in Chicago. IGO was created as a pilot program to encourage city residents to use multiple forms of transportation and lower family's transportation costs.

This is not the first foray into car-sharing for Enterprise. They also purchased Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia. Every IGO employee has been offered a job with Enterprise. 

 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 17:02
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Dangerous weather seems likely any season in Missouri. A new list released by Yahoo Finance supports that observation.

The Show Me State appears in the top ten states most at risk for major disasters. Missouri is in the tenth spot with 53 major disaster declarations since 1953. Texas tops the list with 86 declarations.

You can see the full list here.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:44
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MoDOT is warning of slow traffic tomorrow morning on Interstate 70 near Mid Rivers Mall Drive.

Police officers will slow down traffic in both directions at 9 AM and 11 AM Wednesday. The slowdowns will last up to ten minutes and take place between Route 79 and Route 370. This is part of work to create a new interchange on the highway and add a new lane of traffic.

Information on how to avoid the work zone can be found at modot.org.

 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:37
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St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations is the architecture firm who will be building the new Cardinal's Hall of Fame.

The museum will be part of the first phase of Ballpark Village. The Cardinals will be displaying a wide collection of memorabilia in the 8,000 square foot space.

No word on when plans will be available for the public to view.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:15
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  • The Illinois Senate Executive Committee defeated legislation allowing the public possession of firearms, a bill that just last week passed the House 85-30.

The Democratic-controlled committee voted 6-8 on Tuesday. Opponents objected to the plan sponsored by Democratic Sen. Gary Forby of Benton, saying it'd curb all local firearms ordinances.

Committee Chairman Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, says such pre-emption is "a bridge too far."

The committee's taking up a Democratic measure that leaves local firearms regulations in place — city ordinances such as Chicago's assault-weapons ban.

 
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 15:55
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A fake UPS driver is in custody after allegedly tying up and robbing an Ellisville woman a month ago.

Tyson McGuire faces several felony charges including theft and kidnapping. Police say on April 27 McGuire posed as the delivery driver and after the victim opened the door, he barged into her house and taped her to the stove. That is when McGuire allegedly stole several items from her home.

St. Louis City Police learned where McGuire was staying and shared that with Ellisville Police who arrested him.

 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:17
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are searching for thieves who stole items from a Radio Shack after apparently using a truck to ram the cinder-block back of the store.

The abandoned truck was found nearby.

The crime happened about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Central West End. About $1,000 in merchandise was taken from the store. It was the latest of several smash-and-grab crimes in St. Louis in recent weeks.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Some adoption advocates say Gov. Jay Nixon should veto new Missouri legislation dealing with international law because it could complicate overseas adoptions.

The legislation would make court rulings unenforceable if they use rulings or decisions based upon foreign laws that are inconsistent with the state and U.S. constitutions.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports adoption advocates are concerned about the measure. Lutheran Family and Children's Services said it could mean Missouri would not recognize an adoption decree that is completed in the child's birth country.

Sen. Brian Nieves says people opposed to the legislation are using "dishonest tactics." Nieves, a Republican from Washington, Mo., says many critics have ignored that the legislation targets foreign laws inconsistent with the constitution.

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