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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A 33-year-old man is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, and the teen told authorities that she contracted HIV from the man.
 
KMOV-TV reports that the suspect had a previous conviction as a sex offender. Formal charges have not been filed in the latest case.
 
Ferguson officer Tim Zoll says the investigation began late last year after authorities were contacted by the girl's family. Authorities have not yet confirmed whether the suspect is HIV-positive.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:38
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Residents might notice a stronger stench from the Bridgeton Landfill while crews complete a repair.

 

A fire broke out at the landfill on Sunday because of a broken pipe. The fire sent smoke billowing into the air and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources had to be called in to test air quality.

 

Crews are now at work replacing a sump pump. Landfill officials say a stronger odor could be present until work is complete.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:37
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri is still prepared to carry out an execution next week - even though an Oklahoma pharmacy won't be supplying the drug for the lethal injection.
 
Nixon declined to say Tuesday whether Missouri would use a different drug than pentobarbital, which was used in the state's past three executions.
 
The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa, Okla., filed court documents late Monday saying it had agreed not to provide any drug for Missouri's scheduled Feb. 26 execution of inmate Michael Taylor.
 
In a deposition last month, a Missouri Department of Corrections official said the agency has a backup supply of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone for executions.
 
Nixon said Missouri could carry out Taylor's execution without having to make any significant changes to its execution protocol.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:20
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ameren Corp. is promoting Warner Baxter to president of the St. Louis-based utility, effective immediately, and he'll become CEO this spring.
 
Baxter is a longtime executive at Ameren. He succeeds Thomas Voss, who will retire on July 1.
 
Ameren said Tuesday that Baxter also has been elected to the board of directors. He will become chief executive on April 24 - the day Voss will become Ameren's executive chairman.
 
Baxter was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameren from 2003 to 2009, and has since served as chief executive of its Ameren Missouri division.
 
Voss, who is 66, has been president and CEO of Ameren Corp. since 2009 and chairman since 2010.
 
Ameren provides electric and natural gas services in parts of Missouri and Illinois.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:18
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Southern Illinois University system's new president says he understands feelings of betrayal surrounding his planned departure from Ohio's Youngstown State just seven months into that job.
 
But Randy Dunn says that as a former Illinois schools chief who once worked at SIU in Carbondale, he believes critics eventually will appreciate his chance to return to where he calls his home.
 
The SIU board on Monday introduced Dunn as Glenn Poshard's successor.
 
Dunn's three-year contract at Youngstown State requires him to give 180 days notice that he's leaving that job. That would take him through mid-August, though it's unclear if that university's board will hold him to that.
 
As an Ohio state lawmaker from Youngstown, Rep. Bob Hagan, says Dunn's abrupt departure leaves that university and region hurt and disappointed.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:18
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Officials with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE are due to make recommendations on how to improve failing school districts today. Officials have been examining six proposals.

 

One plan continues the current system of allowing students to transfer out of failing districts with the district footing the bill. Another proposal would allow students to transfer to better schools inside their own district. And yet another plan would eliminate failing districts and allow them to become independent.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:16
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It may not feel like it quite yet, but campers and boaters planning ahead may need to know the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering closing another campsite on Table Rock Lake.

 

The corps announced Monday that the Viney Creek Recreation Area near Golden, Mo. is the targeted site. Lake manager Greg Oller says federal funding for Table Rock was reduced $600,000 this year. The rec area faces a problem in that it doesn't have a commercial marina. Viney Creek does offer campsites, a playground area and swimming area.

 

Oller says boaters will have seven other nearby public areas to use to gain access to Table Rock Lake.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:36
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor are set for another debate ahead of the primary election next month.
 
The Citizens Club of Springfield is hosting a forum Tuesday evening. All candidates are expected to attend. They are Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.
 
All four appeared at a debate earlier this month in the Chicago suburb of Naperville where the main issues were state spending, taxes and Illinois' business climate.
 
The primary contest is March 18
 
Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, is seeking re-election. He faces one primary challenger, activist Tio Hardiman. Quinn's campaign says the Chicago Democrat won't participate in any debates ahead of the primary.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:19
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker wants tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living.
 
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat.
 
Her proposal would charge a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers.
 
Money generated from the levy would be used to pay for a variety of health services and educational efforts.
 
But Hunter's plan is already drawing criticism from the Illinois Coalition Against Beverage Taxes. The group is an alliance of manufacturers, retailers and union workers. They say taxing sodas would hurt the economy and cost the state jobs.
 
Other states have a similar tax, but previous efforts haven't been approved in Illinois.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:34
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   A Missouri House committee is considering a bill that would make last month's visit by a TV reporter to Kirkwood High School a felony.  The KSDK reporter's visit prompted a lockdown after he wandered off unescorted and school administrators were unable to reach the TV station to verify he was working on a story about school security.  

   The bill's sponsor Richmond Heights Democrat Stacey Newman tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that information about school security needs to be private to ensure that procedures are effective.  

   But not everyone on the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee agrees.  Kansas City Democrat Brandon Ellington says it would be passing a bill to stop people from exposing the holes in a system that shouldn't have holes.  

   The station has apologized for the incident.

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