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WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says a new rail transfer facility in eastern Missouri has already helped local employers expand.

 

Nixon was in Washington, Mo., on Monday to help dedicate the $4.2 million rail transfer project.

 

Nixon says the project helped two local businesses expand their operations and create about 330 jobs. He was joined at the event by officials from those businesses - CG Power Systems and Canam Steel.

 

The state awarded $2 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to the city of Washington for the project, which is also using nearly $1 million in federal funds and $1.1 million from the city.

 

Washington is located in Franklin County, about 40 miles west of St. Louis.

Monday, 08 April 2013 12:31
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FORT OSAGE, Mo. (AP) - A 47-year-old assistant Fort Osage fire chief has died in crash on his way to a fire in rural Jackson County.

 

The Kansas City Star reports that Harold Hollingsworth, a 16-year veteran with Fort Osage, was driving to a fire during a severe thunderstorm Sunday night when his fire department SUV slid off the road and hit a tree.

 

Todd Farley, an assistant fire chief with the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, say it's the first time a Fort Osage firefighter has died in the line of duty.

 

Fort Osage is a town of about 7,000 about 30 miles east of Kansas City. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating.

 

Funeral arrangements were pending Monday.

 

Monday, 08 April 2013 12:12
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An Italian greyhound that spent eight months on the lam is back in his southwestern Illinois home after being returned from where he turned up more than 900 miles away.

 

   Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis (http://bit.ly/Y9rhBc) reports 5-year-old Dauz went missing from the Dausman family's fenced Collinsville yard in July of last year, only to turn up last month at an animal shelter in Fairfax, Va.

 

   Alicia Dausman believes Dauz was stolen by a friend's family member who temporarily was living with them.

 

   Dauz was reunited after the Virginia shelter scanned the digital identification chip implanted in the dog's neck and notified the family.

 

   Dausman says the pet is thinner, lighter in color and barks raspier, but appears happy to be home.

 
Monday, 08 April 2013 10:14
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GLADSTONE, Mo. (AP) - An Amber alert is out for a 5-year-old girl who was taken from her father's home in a Kansas City suburb.

Gladstone police believe Lili Justine High was taken by her mother's friend, Tammi J. Lampkins, also known as Tammi J. Kelly.

Lili's father told police Lampkins stopped at his home Sunday evening. He says when he was briefly out of the room, Lampkins left with the girl.

Lampkins was driving a 1996 green four-door Mazda 626 with Missouri license plate SJ9JOU. It is extensively damaged on the passenger side.

Lili was wearing gray and red spandex pants, a yellow T-shirt and no shoes. She is missing her four front teeth.

Lampkins is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 116 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

 

Monday, 08 April 2013 07:58
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 16-year-old is recovering after being shot during a flash mob in St. Louis.

KSDK-TV reports that groups of young people from across the St. Louis area decided to meet around 10 p.m. Saturday on Laclede's Landing. At the gathering, one person pulled a gun and fired several shots.

One of the bullets struck the teenager in the ankle. He is expected to recover but also faces charges - he was found with marijuana when he was taken to the hospital.

 

Monday, 08 April 2013 07:55
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Caitlin Schmidt will remember to Cardinals 2013 Home Opener forever.

Schmidt's boyfriend, Zachary Hermann proposed to her during the festivities outside of the stadium Monday afternoon. He popped the question next to the Stan Musial statue. And with family and friends looking on, Caitlin accepted the proposal!

The two plan to get married in August.

FANS CAMP OUT FOR OPENER

Some 50 Cardinal fans set up camp outside Busch Stadium overnight Sunday in anticipation of Monday's home opener against the Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis Police are advising revelers to leave early because of road changes and closures due to construction of Ballpark Village.  

Fans are encouraged to avoid construction delays by using MetroLink.

Pedestrians should also note that the pedestrian bridge between the Stadium West garage and the ballpark has been removed.  

OTHER CHANGES

8th Street is now a two-way street between Clark and Market with two north and southbound lanes.

Temporary stop signs are currently in place at the intersections of 8th Street and

Clark, as well as 8th Street and Walnut.

Walnut is now a two-way street between 8th Street and Broadway, with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes.

7th Street is no longer in existence.

 

ADDITIONAL CAUTIONS FROM POLICE:

Those choosing to drive are urged to “park smart”— park in well-lit, populated areas, concealing valuables by placing them in compartments or in the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival. The department strongly encourages citizens to leave firearms at home. Events such as baseball games are no place for firearms, as they are not allowed inside Busch Stadium and leaving them in a vehicle creates opportunity for criminals. Don’t let yourlegal firearm become an illegal firearm.

Event-goers are also advised to remain aware of their surroundings and if choosing to consume alcohol, are urged to drink responsibly. Criminals often target those who appear to be most vulnerable, including those who might be intoxicated.

There will be a significant law enforcement presence in all areas surrounding Downtown and Busch Stadium. Police strongly encourage anyone who sees criminal or suspicious activity to alert a nearby officer or dial 9-1-1.

 

Monday, 08 April 2013 07:13
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   The Forest Park Trolley goes back in service today.  

   The trolley bus will shuttle park visitors between attractions, park and ride lots, and the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station.  Beginning today, it'll run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the hours expand -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

   The cost is two-dollars for adults, one-dollar for kids 5-to-12, seniors and the disabled.  Children 4 and younger are free.

   The Forest Park Trolley is a service of Metro Transit.

Monday, 08 April 2013 04:50
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   ST. LIBORY, Ill. (AP) - The small, metro-east village of St. Libory is returning a quarter of the property taxes collected from new homeowners.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the village is giving back the tax money in an effort to draw young families into its school district. The refund is good for homes built in a certain tax increment finance district and is good for up to eight years. Homeowners apply to receive the refund.

   The village has hired an Edwardsville firm called Moran Economic Development to help it boost growth. About 615 people live in St. Libory, which is about 35 miles southeast of St. Louis.

   Thomas Henderson is with the Illinois Tax Increment Association in Springfield. He says the village's incentives aren't common.

 
Monday, 08 April 2013 03:27
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The Go! St. Louis marathon 2013 is being called a big success.  

The event attracted more than 10,000 runners for the half and full marathons that were run through St. Louis and Clayton on Sunday.  Thousands more participated in fun events on Saturday.  

Geoffry Kiprotich of Sylvania, Ohio, and Autumn Ray of Tucson, Arizona were the winners of the 26.2 mile race.

Monday, 08 April 2013 02:34
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   The Ellisville City Council is expected to decide Monday evening whether or not to impeach their mayor, Adam Paul.  The council has scheduled public deliberations at 6:00 p.m.  

   If the council votes to oust Paul, he has said he'll sue.  

   The council has already retained attorneys to defend the impeachment, but the vigor of that defense is up in the air, since a newly elected council will be seated April 17th.  

   Three new council members were elected April 2nd - two of them are Paul supporters. The third hasn't made her position known.   Paul opponents Matt Pirrello and Rose Acup will remain on the council, along with Linda Reel, who had voted against charging Paul in the first place.  

   Mayor Paul was elected in April 2012 after campaigning against tax increment financing for a development that includes a new Walmart store.  The TIF was approved despite his opposition.

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