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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri county has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.
 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Ryan Ferguson filed an amended federal civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, former prosecuting attorney Kevin Crane and investigators Ben White and William Haws.
The suit claims the county has "customs, policies and omissions in training that caused the deprivation" of Ferguson's rights.
 
Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of killing Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001, but a three-judge state appeals court panel vacated his convictions last year because prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence favorable to Ferguson's defense.
 
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:11
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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are considering official designation for the jumping jack.
 
 A bill is proposing to make the jumping jack Missouri's official state exercise. Missouri-born Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing is credited as inventing jumping jacks as a training drill for cadets when he taught at West Point in the late 1800s.
 
The proposal is supported by students at Pershing Elementary School in St. Joseph.
 
The legislation has cleared the House and will be considered by a state Senate committee.
 
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:09
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A man is dead after he was shot by police in St. Charles.
St. Charles police went to a home Wednesday night after neighbors complained the man was threatening them and igniting fireworks.
 
KSDK reports police say the man was holding a weapon and refused their commands to drop it. He was shot when he moved toward the officers and threatened them.
The officer, a 13-year veteran, was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
 
 No one else was injured.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:06
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St. Louis, MO  --  Two suspects are jailed in Pine Lawn after a routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust.  
 
Fox2 News reports that a man and a woman were stopped for speeding on Interstate 70 near Jennings Station Rd.  just after 3 o'clock Thursday morning.  
Police say they could smell pot as they approached the car. They were given permission to search the vehicle and found several pounds of the drug hidden beneath the liner of the trunk. 
 
The duo had bought the marijuana in Colorado and it is unknown at this time whether they were transporting it to Missouri or through the state.
In addition to packages, the pot was contained in cookies, brownies, chocolate bars and other candies.  A 24 year old man from Virginia and a  34 year old woman from Colorado are in custody.
 
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:42
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   One armed robbery suspect is custody, another is in the hospital after police shot the suspect.  
   St. Louis County Police confirm that two suspects had tried to rob the "Check 'n Go" in the 600 block of Gravois Bluffs about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.  
   Police were in the area and responded to the call.  Officers confronted the suspects as they left the check cashing store.  
   When officers apprehended the suspects, one pulled a gun and the officer shot him.  
   That suspect was taken to the hospital by ambulance.  His condition isn't known.  
   The other suspect was taken into custody.
   There's no word on any other injuries.
 
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:17
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St. Louis, MO  --  St. Louis police are back on the hot-spot policing beat in a south city neighborhood.  

The Metropolitan Police Department's Command Van will remain in Tower Grove South and extra uniformed and plainclothes officers will patrol the neighborhood.

This is in an effort to stem a rash of burglaries, robberies and car break-ins in the area.

Early next month, police will turn their hot-spot attention to the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood in north city. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:37
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St. Louis, MO -- The show will NOT go on!  The Miley Cyrus concert scheduled for tonight at Scottrade Center has been canceled.
 
Cyrus was forced to cancel her "Bangerz" concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City last night after being hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.
 
Cyrus took to Twitter to say she was heartbroken to miss that show and tweeted this morning that she will not be released from the hospital today so she must cancel her performance in the Gateway City tonight.  
 
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