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A university in West County is adding a football team to their varsity sports lineup.

KSDK reports that Missouri Baptist University will scrimmage next year, but plans to compete in the NAIA in 2014. Officials expect to recruit over 100 new students for football and more for the expanded cheerleading program.

MBU will play their home games on CBC's field.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:21
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Missouri's unemployment rate continues to drop, but slowly.

January's rate dropped one-tenth of a point to 6.6 percent--which is the lower level in over four years.

A spokesperson for the Department of Economic Development says that Missouri's rate has been below the national average for 41 months. The national rate sits at 7.9 percent now.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:18
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Police need help to find an 8-year-old boy who was taken by his grandmother over two months ago.

Samual Andres of O'Fallon, Missouri was taken by his grandmother Donna Andres the day after Christmas. Donna has refused to return the child to his mother and police have been unable to find her.

Anyone who believes they have seen either Samual or Donna Andres is asked to call the police.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:16
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UPDATE:

Police say they have shot and killed the suspected shooter. Officer caught up to the suspect in the 4100 block of Turner. During a chase, one officer shot and killed the suspect. EARLIER:
A suspect is on the loose after shooting a woman and her teenage daughter Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 1 PM at a home in the 4600 block of Tennessee Ave. A mother and here daughter were rushed to the hospital. The mother was pronounced dead, but the daughter is in stable condition and expected to survive.

SWAT teams were called to the home and they surrounded the residence. Police believed the suspect was in the house, but a search revealed he had fled the house.

This is a fluid situation and we will update you as we have more information.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:57
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Four St. Clair men have been arrested in connection to a major copper theft ring.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department says the four men stole copper cables from AT&T phone lines and caused $140,000 in damage. The stolen lines affected service in several towns in Franklin County.

Deputies say the suspects were arrested at their home, while in the process of preparing the stolen cable for sale. Authorities say there could be more arrests related to the ring.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:19
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Registered sex offenders would have to vote at their local county clerk's office under a bill under consideration in the Missouri House.

The House Elections Committee held a hearing on the measure Tuesday. Republican Rep. Tim Remole, of Excello, is sponsoring the legislation. He says it will protect voting rights for registered offenders while also protecting children in schools that are designated as polling places.

No one testified in opposition to the proposal, but the Missouri Association of County Clerks says it would cost money to turn local election offices into polling places on election day.

If offenders can't make it to the clerk's office on the election day, they would be required to cast an absentee ballot.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:25
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JACKSON, Mo.—AP—A 73-year-old jail inmate is dead after collapsing in a southeast Missouri courtroom.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Daniel Stroder of Wappapello, Mo., died Monday. He was in court in Jackson, Mo., for arraignment on felony charges that he violated probation by writing a bad check.

Coroner John Clifton says an autopsy is planned.

Sheriff John Jordan says Stroder was in court in front of a judge when he began to feel ill. The judge was preparing to furlough Stroder when he collapsed. Bailiffs offered aid until medical personnel arrived and took Stroder to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:22
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The 5th ward in St. Louis is getting a lot of attention on Election Day, primarily because the name of one of the candidates is displayed prominently inside a voting location.

Alderwoman Michelle Hutchings-Medina, who is running for board of alderman, alleges her opponent Tammika Hubbard has an unfair advantage. Hubbard's father manages the building that houses the polling center, the Jonas Hubbard Jr. Family Support Center in Carr Square in north city. Hubbard's name can be seen hanging above the voting booths.

Medina spoke with KTRS's McGraw Milhaven on the Big 550 just after the polls opened and she says other questionable tactics are being employed as well.

"They have a handicap-accessible ramp in front of the building where Sr. Hubbard has parked his van in front of it. The police have asked them to move it and they told police they'd have to wait," Hubbard said. "It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. It's definitely something that has to be looked into. The stories I hear out here on the street about this family and how they operate in terms of corruption and intimidation...I think it's unconscionable that the board of elections that their job that voters have a fair experience and this clearly does not meet the bill there."

Gary Stoff, the republican director at the St. Louis Board of Elections tells KTRS' Michael Golde he's spoken with Hutchings-Medina on several occasions and "the main issue is making sure everyone is playing by the same rules, which they are."

When Stoff was asked if any campaign laws were being violated, he replied after an extended pause, "If you're talking about the sign on the wall, I would say no."
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:30
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CHICAGO (AP) - The nephew of pioneering Illinois politician Dawn Clark Netsch says she remained an active behind-the-scenes political player right up until her death.

The former Illinois comptroller and the first woman to get the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor died early Tuesday at her Chicago home.

Nephew Andy Kerr says the evening before Netsch was at home watching the TV news and surrounded by newspapers.

Kerr says his aunt was always trying to stay up to date and even in her last months was advising political candidates.

Netsch graduated first in her class from Northwestern Law in 1952, yet Kerr says she could not get a job because she was a woman.

He says that experience drove her to fight all types of discrimination, which became a hallmark of her career.

Here is reaction from across the state:

"The Illinois political scene will not be the same without that pool-shooting Sox Fan with a cigarette holder, but generations of Illinois women can thank the indomitable force of Dawn Clark Netsch for blazing their path." - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

"Most importantly, Dawn was a straight shooter, and not just at playing pool. She always told the people of Illinois what they needed to know." - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

"Dawn leaves behind a long path paved with the shattered glass from the ceilings she broke for women in leadership." - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley.

"Dawn always remembered that government exists to serve taxpayers, not the other way around. She was a leader who was ahead of her time and our state is better for her service." - Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

"She was straight forward, a straight shooter and great at explaining state issues. She was not just a public servant, but a teacher. She will be missed." - Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

"She blazed a trail for women and worked hard to make sure so many of us could follow her." - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

"Her legacy will live on through her incomparable career of helping others." - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 10:43
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Air travelers might want to check on any connecting flights before heading out of Lambert Airport.

Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea tells KTRS news 16 arrivals have been cancelled as of 10:00 a.m.and 19 departures cancelled, the majority from Chicago.

If you're heading north or east or have a connecting flight through Chicago, airlines are canceling nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago's two airports because of a winter storm that's expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow on northern Illinois.

Most the canceled flights are at O'Hare International Airport.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 10:09
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