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The man who was shot by a woman while strangling her sister during a home invasion, has been charged.

Police say Joshua Jewell forced his way into a Highland apartment on Sunday. Once in side Jewell allegedly attacked the two sisters living there. During the attack on sister said she thought the man was going to kill her sibling. She grabbed her gun and fired two shots, with the second one hitting Jewell in the back.

Jewell continues to recover at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 17:35
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The Chesterfield Police are mourning the loss of a 35-year veteran of the force.

Captain Steven Lewis says Detective Christopher Simpson was working out a police fitness center when he had a medical emergency and died. Simpson worked at several area departments, but in Chesterfield for the last 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A proposal to raise Missouri’s fines for seat belt violations could have a better chance in the Senate this year.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Kehoe said Wednesday that he wants to advance the bill to the full Senate for debate. The legislation by Sen. Joe Keaveny has died each of the past three years in the transportation committee.

The Democratic senator from St. Louis is proposing to increase the fine from $10 to $50 for people caught not wearing seat belts in vehicles.

The percentage of people using seat belts in Missouri lags behind the national average, and Keaveny hopes a higher fine would encourage more people to buckle up.

The bill drew support Wednesday from police, insurance, doctors’ and trucking groups.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 17:34
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STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) - Three months after a woman's body was found at an eastern Missouri motel, a man has been charged in the crime.

KFVS-TV reports that 52-year-old Curtis Smith is already in prison for second-degree murder for another killing. Now, he is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kristi Murphy.

Murphy's body was found in a bathtub at the Microtel Motel in Ste. Genevieve on Nov. 17. Smith was on parole at the time of her death.

Smith is jailed on $250,000 bond.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:13
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The union representing Illinois correctional workers is demanding a stop to what it says is the transfer of violent maximum-security prison inmates to less-secure lockups.

The letter sent Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press was addressed to Department of Corrections Director S.A. "Tony" Godinez (goh-DEE'-nez).

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says in one instance up to 15 inmates were being moved to medium-security prisons. The inmates allegedly beat two guards and a chaplain at Menard prison last week.

The union is worried increased violence has ushered a return of "circuit riders" - keeping troublemakers isolated by moving them from prison to prison.

The 1998 opening of the high-security Tamms prison ended that practice. But Gov. Pat Quinn closed Tamms in January because of budget cuts.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:00
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois has received conditional federal approval for its plan to provide a health insurance marketplace where thousands of state residents will shop for insurance beginning Oct. 1.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a conditional approval letter Wednesday to Gov. Pat Quinn with a list of six conditions.

Conditions include signing a memorandum of understanding with the federal government for how the state will monitor and approve health plans sold on the exchange by March 1 and a separate memorandum of understanding for how the state will run consumer outreach activities by April 1. Sebelius’ letter acknowledges that “Illinois is working under intense timelines.”

The state is partnering with the federal government to offer the online marketplace.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:06
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No reason was given for the last-minute cancellation of two Katt Williams shows for this week.

The shows were scheduled for Valentine's Day and Friday 2/15 at the Peabody Opera House. There will be full refunds issued for the tickets.

Williams is a comedian and actor, best known for his role of Money Mike in Friday After Next. Williams has also been arrested five times in the last three months.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:53
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Emergency work on Westbound I-255 will affect the Wednesday evening rush.

Two lanes will be closed at the Jefferson Barracks Bridge as crews work to replace and expansion joint. The workers are expected to continue their work until midnight.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:32
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Former miners, protesting Peabody Energy in downtown St. Louis, have been arrested.

KTRS's Michael Golde is on the scene and reports that the protesters' goal was to get arrested. They hope to draw attention to what they believe is a unfair deal concerning their pension and health benefits.

Peabody's Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Vic Svec, says this is a matter between Patriot coal and the United Mine Workers of America. Many of the former miners at the protest, worked for Patriot Coal. They argue that Peabody Energy made Patriot Coal a separate company that was never supposed to succeed. They accuse Peabody of "fraudulent conveyance,” or transfer of money with the intent to hurt creditors, but that charge must be proved to hold Peabody liable for potential losses in retirement benefits.

There were also miners arrested at another protest of Peabody last month. The protest remains peaceful and those miners arrested were very cordial with police, even shaking hands with the arresting officers.
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CHICAGO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election in 2014 but that she will likely run for another public office.

In brief remarks to reporters in Chicago on Wednesday, the Carbondale Democrat refused to go into detail about her future plans.

She says she will make another announcement in a few months.

Simon says she informed Gov. Pat Quinn of her decision in December. Quinn has said he'll seek re-election.

Simon is a former law professor and prosecutor. A brief statement released before her news conference highlighted her legal background.

In that written statement, Simon also said she wants to serve the people of Illinois in a role where she can have "an even greater impact."

Simon was first elected lieutenant governor in 2010.
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