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The St Louis baseball Cardinals have extended General Manager John Mozeliak's contract through 2016 and picked up manager Mike Matheny's option for 2014. The announcement was made Thursday morning by team President Bill DeWitt, Jr. at spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida.

KTRS Sports contributor Joe Strauss tweets that if Mozeliak serves out his term as GM, he and predecessor, Walt Jocketty, will have steered the club for 23 seasons.

Mozeliak, who is entering his sixth season as the team's general manager, had his contract extended through 2016.

During Mozeliak's tenure as GM, the Cardinals have won the 2011 World Series and they have been to the postseason three times, including the past two seasons.

The 2012 club, managed by Matheny, was one win away from a second consecutive National League pennant when it lost a three-games-to-one lead in the National League championship series to the San Francisco Giants.

 

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When you buy that box of chocolates today on this Valentine’s Day, you’re showing more than your love for your sweetheart, you’re boosting the U.S. economy.

Even with our slow recovery, we Americans are set to spend a record $18.6 billion today.  

Flower shops, jewelry stores and online dating sites are all expecting to cash in on this day of love. Managers with Merb's Candies in St. Louis tells KTRS news they sell 7 pounds of chocolate-covered strawberries to one pound of  other confectionaries.

KTRS' Michael Golde reports workers at Walter Knoll Florist's Distribution Center at Chouteau and California in St. Louis city sell 55,0000 roses, fills 4400 orders with 100 extra drivers hired to make deliveries today. Walter Knoll says,"All orders placed are delivered by noon today." But Knoll says procrastinators can still stop by one of their stores. They have plenty of roses on hand. "We have lots of great product and they can pick out what they like and take it with them."

According to the 2013 National Retail Federation Valentine’s Day spending survey, the average American is expected to spend $130.97 on gifts, a slight increase from last year. 

 
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The death of a man whose body as found in a ditch along a busy Collinsville road is being considered suspicious. 

Fox 2 news reports a relative of the victim has identified the body as her missing brother, 23-year-old Anthony Conners of Collinsville. The family reported him missing yesterday morning. 

His body was found face down around 6pm yesterday in a water-filled ditch by an off-duty police officer who had been out jogging near Beltline Road and Illinois Route 157.     

Police believe the body could have been in the ditch since Sunday. Relatives say Conners was last seen Saturday night leaving a nearby Burger King.

      

 
Thursday, 14 February 2013 06:20
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Missouri House members have approved a proposal that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.

Proponents say requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID before casting ballots would help prevent election fraud. Critics argue Missouri has had no known recent instances of voter impersonation. They also say the rule could make it harder for some people to vote.

Lawmakers have discussed the proposal several times in recent years, with the debate generally falling along party lines.

On Wednesday, House members approved a constitutional amendment allowing for a photo ID requirement. Lawmakers then endorsed separate legislation that would implement it. Both measures require another vote before they move to the state Senate.
Thursday, 14 February 2013 03:56
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SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election next year but is weighing her options when it comes to seeking another public office.

She declined to give details, but she spent much of a news conference yesterday playing up her legal and financial experience.

Political experts say the move points toward exploring a run for attorney general or another statewide office and would allow for Simon to raise campaign funds separately from Gov. Pat Quinn, who's seen his approval rating dip.

It would also allow Simon to see who else is running.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said yesterday that she hasn't decided yet on a 2014 gubernatorial run.

Simon told Quinn her decision in December. She said that in a few months she'll make another announcement about her future plans.
Thursday, 14 February 2013 03:38
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democrats say they have enough votes to approve gay marriage on the floor of the Illinois Senate.

But Thursday's vote poses a challenge for Republicans.

After suffering big losses at the polls last fall, GOP leaders in Illinois and nationwide said the party needs to be more inclusive and diverse.

But after Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady publicly backed same sex marriage during January's lame-duck legislative session, members of the more conservative wing of his party called for his ouster. Opponents also pledged to fund primary challenges to any Republican who voted in favor of the bill.

The conflict comes as voters' feelings are shifting rapidly in favor of gay rights.

If the Senate approves the measure, it will move to the House.
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Students at one Washington County school will have Valentines Day off. A broken boiler is forcing officials to cancel classes at St. Joachim School in Old Mines, Missouri Thursday.

The principal says they hope to have repairs completed in time for school on Friday.
Thursday, 14 February 2013 03:29
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A good Samaritan is being credited with coming to the aid of a dementia patient who'd wandered away from a New Athens nursing home.

Eighty-four year old Arthur Crowl was discovered missing just after 7 a.m. Wednesday by staff at the New Athens Home for the Aged on South Johnson Street.

New Athens Detective Ray Wilson says Crowl had been wearing only pajamas when he was found walking along a side road just after 8 a.m. A motorist picked him up, took him to a nearby gas station and called authorities.

Detective Wilson says Crowl was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but seemed to be unharmed.
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A pedestrian is in very critical condition after being struck by a car in north St. Louis Wednesday night. It happened about 8:30 at Halls Ferry and Veronica in the Baden neighborhood.

Police say the victim, a man in his 50's, was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital with two broken legs and a head injury.

An accident reconstruction team is investigating.

Police say the driver did stop. It's not known if that driver will face any charges as the investigation is ongoing.
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The legal battle between St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church and the St. Louis Archdiocese is over. At issue had been the control of church assets and property.

Last March, a St. Louis Circuit Court judge had ruled against the Archdiocese claim, and affirmed St. Stan's ownership of its property. The Archdiocese appealed the ruling, but is now backing down.

Wednesday, the two parties released the following joint statement:
"The Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Stanislaus have resolved their legal dispute. The Archdiocese will dismiss its appeal and the judgment of the trial court is now final. St. Stanislaus has agreed that it will not hold itself out as affiliated in any way with the Archdiocese of St. Louis or the Roman Catholic Church. Neither side made any payments to the other as part of this resolution. All other terms of the resolution are confidential. By bringing this legal dispute to an end, we pray that this will help to initiate a process of healing.”
The church is located just north of downtown St. Louis at 1413 North 20th Street.
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