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A total of three people are in custody connected the murder of Belleville man.

 

Anthony Allen and Amanda Kent are charged with first degree murder, and another suspect, Brittney Moore is accused of lying to investigators. On Sunday, police were called to a Belleville apartment and found Darrin Hayes with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

 

Police say a tip about a getaway vehicle, and they found Moore driving the car. Police say the killing wasn't random, but would not release additional details on the investigation.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:22
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Schnucks grocery stores are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.

 

They are using the occassion to start a campaign to feed the hungry. Together with Operation Food Search in the St. Louis area, the grocer will provide red barrels in stores where customers can donate food. They will only accept non-perishable foods. Schnucks plans to suggest items that food pantries need the most.

 

The campaign will encompass all of its stores in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:35
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states or countries that allow them. Here are five things to know about Missouri's law.
 
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   CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT: Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment - with 70 percent support - in August 2004 that prohibits same-sex marriage. The measure states: "That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman." Missouri was a trailblazer of sorts, becoming the first state to enact such an amendment after the Massachusetts high court permitted gay marriage there. Other states adopted similar measures in subsequent years.
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   MISSOURI HIGH COURT: Last October, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against a man seeking state survivor benefits after his same-sex partner, Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard, was killed while working in 2009. Missouri's law governing state survivor benefits defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The state's high court said Kelly Glossip was ineligible for the benefits because he was not married to Glossip.
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   EXECUTIVE ACTION: In November, Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he was directing state tax officials to accept joint tax returns filed by same-sex couples who were legally married elsewhere. Nixon noted that Missouri's tax code is tied to the federal one, and that federal officials had recently decided to allow legally married gay couples to file joint federal tax returns. Officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention were among several plaintiffs who sued in January contending that Nixon's policy violates the Missouri Constitution. Some Republican state House members have filed articles of impeachment against Nixon because of the policy, though no hearings have been held.
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   DISCRIMINATION LAWS: Missouri law does not currently prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The state Senate, on the final day of the 2013 session, passed a measure that would have added sexual orientation to a list of anti-discrimination categories that already includes race, color, gender, religion and disabilities. But the bill never was considered by the House. Nixon has called for passage of the measure this year, but no legislative hearings have been held on it.
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   GAY FOOTBALL PLAYER: The ACLU's lawsuit isn't the first significant event in Missouri this week pertaining to gay rights and discrimination. Michael Sam, an All-American football player at the University of Missouri, publicly announced he is gay. Sam is preparing for the National Football League draft, and if he makes a team, he could become the first openly gay NFL player.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:19
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A second teen has died after a car crash Tuesday afternoon.

 

Police say that 15-year-old Darius Clay and 17-year-old Martez Edwards were in a speeding car when the driver lost control and crashed into a tree on Euclid in North St. Louis. Police later learned the car they were in had been stolen. The owner had started the car and gone back inside to allow the vehicle time to warm up.

 

Police say a third passenger left the scene of the accident before emergency crews arrived.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:14
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is curtailing inspections aimed at people who may illegally use farm diesel fuel in their over-the-road vehicles.
 
In response to concerns from lawmakers, acting Revenue Department Director John Mollenkamp said Wednesday that his agency would stop proactively looking for violations of the diesel fuel law and only respond to requests from law enforcement officials.
 
Missouri imposes a 17-cent tax on diesel fuel. But that tax is not charged on diesel used only for farming purposes. To distinguish between the two uses, farm diesel fuel is mixed with a dye.
 
The Revenue Department had been doing random inspections to see whether dyed fuel was being used in vehicles driven on highways.
 
Republican Sen. Mike Parson, a former Polk County sheriff, has called the program an unreasonable search of private property.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:14
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PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - A 28-year-old woman is facing a rare criminal charge in Missouri - bigamy.
 
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that Michelle Sykes was charged with the misdemeanor on Tuesday. Authorities say bigamy charges are rarely filed because, while people sometimes marry more than one spouse, it is not often reported.
 
St. Francois County prosecutors say Sykes was married in the county in 2010. In December, her husband told deputies he had recently discovered that she had married in 2008 in St. Clair County, Ill., and was apparently still married to that man, too.
 
St. Francois County prosecutor Jerrod Mahurin says the 2008 marriage would nullify the union made in Missouri.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:53
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Investigators have identified the human remains found near railroad tracks in St. Louis city.

 

Authorities say the decomposed body was that of Joseph Hartsoe. Hartsoe was reported missing to Collinsville police on December 1.

 

Police are now investigating the details surrounding Hartsoe's death.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Missouri inmate scheduled for execution this month is asking a federal judge to bar a Tulsa compounding pharmacy from providing the drug to be used in his lethal injection.
 
Michael Taylor's lawsuit alleges that the Missouri Department of Corrections contracted with The Apothecary Shoppe to provide compounded pentobarbital for his Feb. 26 execution.
 
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Tulsa federal court, alleges the drug could cause "an unnecessarily long and inhumane execution" for Taylor, who was sentenced to die for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.
 
A pharmacy spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday. In a statement last month, The Apothecary Shoppe would neither confirm nor deny that it provided pentobarbital for a Missouri execution held Jan. 29.
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KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State University has suspended a wrestler for making a derogatory comment on his Twitter account about former Missouri football player Michael Sam, who announced he is gay.
 
Kent State said the suspension for Sam Wheeler was indefinite.
 
Wheeler first tweeted Monday using a homophobic slur, saying he couldn't watch a sports program because they were talking about Sam, who is an NFL prospect.
 
The 20-year-old Wheeler exchanged tweets with others who defended Sam and gays. His Twitter account was then deactivated.
 
Wrestling coach Jim Andrassy said he had talked to Wheeler, and the wrestler is "remorseful." There was no response to an attempt Wednesday to reach Wheeler by email.
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   Two people are now facing charges in the death of a toddler in North St. Louis yesterday (Tuesday). Emergency crews were called to a home at Rowen and Ridge Avenues before dawn.  There they found the lifeless body of 23 month old Jabria Phillips.  Detectives say she died of blunt force trauma.  
   Her stepfather, Deonte Evans is accused of beating the girl to death.  He's charged with second degree murder. The toddler's mother, Shanika Evans, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  
   The toddler's grandmother Brenda Baker, who lives in Detroit, learned about Jabria's death through news reports.  She was understandably heartbroken when she spoke with Fox 2 News about her granddaughter. "She was very energetic," Baker said.  "She laughed...every time I saw her laugh, I saw my son laugh...now I don't even have that."  Baker says the girl's father died last year.
 
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