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 ELLISVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis County nurse is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing morphine from elderly patients and diluting their medicine with water and mouthwash to hide the crime.
 KMOV-TV reports that 27-year-old Christi Franklin of Ballwin is charged with stealing of a controlled substance. She does not yet have a listed attorney.
 Authorities say the thefts occurred between April 6 and July 6 at a facility for the elderly in Ellisville operated by Bethesda Health Group.
Bethesda says the misuse of drugs was reported as soon as it was discovered, investigations were begun, and Franklin was immediately fired. The company says it appears that just one or two residents were affected.
Thursday, 06 February 2014 08:23
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   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Richard Hayman, longtime pops conductor for the St. Louis Symphony and other symphonies around North America, has died.
   The St. Louis Symphony says Hayman died Wednesday. He was 93 and had been recently placed in hospice care in New York, but a cause of death was not released.
   Hayman became the symphony's principal pops conductor in 1976. He held similar posts in Detroit, Hartford, Conn., and in Calgary and London in Canada.
   Hayman was chief arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra for more than 30 years, under both Arthur Fiedler and John Williams. He also worked in Hollywood, orchestrating and arranging for films such as "Girl Crazy," `'Meet Me in St. Louis," and others.
   Funeral arrangements are not complete.
 
Thursday, 06 February 2014 04:22
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has defeated an attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility to several hundred thousand lower-income adults.
   The 23-9 vote Wednesday followed party lines, with majority Republicans voting against the expansion and minority party Democrats supporting it.
   The vote marked the first official rejection of Medicaid expansion this year since Democratic Governor Jay Nixon renewed his call for it during his State of the State address. Republicans repeatedly rejected similar proposals last year.
   About half of the states have expanded Medicaid under the terms of President Barack Obama's health care law. States that do so can receive enhanced federal payments.
   But Missouri's Republican lawmakers continue to express concerns about the potential long-term costs.
 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's education department says the latest in a series of winter storms could cause school districts to extend classes into the summer.
   Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman Sarah Potter says public schools have already had more snow days than usual in the current academic year.
   Many districts have had to call off classes the past two months because of snow, ice and cold temperatures. Potter says schools might need to cut short spring and summer vacations.
   The department requires school districts to build six snow days into their calendars and those days must be made up in full. Subsequent snow days only count for a half day that must be made up during the academic year.
 
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - An event that is being billed as "not you father's job fair" is coming to downtown St. Louis tomorrow.

 

Tech Jobs Under the Big Top will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 Thursday, at Lumen, a private event space located at 2201 Locust Street. The event features tech companies who are looking for people to fill positions from software developers to sales professionals. Up to a dozen local tech companies will take the stage and give a three minute speech--pitching their company to applicants. After the speeches, applicants will have a chance to meet with potential employers.

 

You must register in advance, head here to register--while spaces remain.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:15
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court says the Archdiocese of St. Louis must release the names of  church employees accused of sexual abuse over the past 20 years.
 
The Wednesday ruling upholds a St. Louis judge's earlier decision. The names will be released only to an unnamed woman suing the diocese and her attorneys, not to the general public.
 
The archdiocese subsequently released a list of 240 complaints made against 115 priests and other employees since 1986. A court order keeps the names sealed to the public.
 
The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by a 19-year--old woman who claimed the abuse began when she was 5 years old and attended St. Cronan's parish.
 
The priest had been convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy at a parish in University City decades earlier.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:33
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers appear ready to embrace a proposed truce with Kansas in a tax-break battle for businesses.
 
Missouri House and Senate committees each heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would call for a moratorium on tax incentives for businesses in the Kansas City region relocating from one side of the state line to another.
 
The legislation would apply to businesses moving between the Missouri counties of Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass and the Kansas counties of Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas and Miami.
 
Missouri's bill says its moratorium will kick in as soon as Kansas takes a similar action. No one testified against it Wednesday.
 
A study by the Hall Family Foundation found that Kansas and Missouri have waived $217 million of taxes through two programs to shuffle businesses in recent years.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:53
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Crews on both sides of the river continue their work to clear the roads.

 

MoDOT is asking any motorists who hit the roads today, to use extra caution. Conditions have improved most on major highways, but most state routes are still covered or partly covered with snow or ice. MoDOT officials say crews will continue to work on a 24-hour schedule. Drivers are being warned that blowing snow and dropping temperatures will cause conditions to deteriorate this evening.

 

The lower the temperature drops, the less effective salt becomes. Crews will be adding abrasive materials--such as sand--to the salt, to provide drivers increased traction.

 

You can check road conditions at modot.org.

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   The power is back on for Soulard residents who live near a building that exploded Wednesday afternoon at Shenandoah and Menard.  

   An AT&T subcontractor was installing fiber optic cable for the Stars Design Group when they hit a gas main. Employees smelled gas just after 1 p.m. and called the fire department. About a dozen people were evacuated minutes before a series of blasts.  

   Both gas and electric were turned off for 22 nearby buildings while gas crews worked to cap the line.  Fire officials brought in a warming bus for people who were evacuated.

   The lights are now back on in the neighborhood.  And about midnight, Laclede Gas crews were going door-to-door, relighting pilot lights as gas service was restored.  

   There were no reports of injuries.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate committee has blocked one of Gov. Jay Nixon's nominees to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
 
The motion to endorse Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder failed Wednesday on a 5-5 vote.
 
Ponder was first tapped by Nixon for the post in January 2013. The Senate did not act on his nomination last year, but Nixon reappointed Ponder in June and he has been serving on the board since then.
 
It was Ponder's previous position in state government, however, that concerned members of the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee. Ponder previously served on the State Board of Education, where senators say he made controversial decisions to implement education standards and a school funding law.
 
Ponder declined to comment on the vote.
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