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   A new system for summoning jurors in the City of St. Louis is leaving some people out in the cold.  
   The St. Louis Circuit Court moved last year to a jury summoning system run by the Office of State Courts Administrator.  
   Jury Supervisor Joanne Martin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the new system isn't able to handle the workload in St. Louis, which uses more jurors than any other circuit in the state.  Martin told the paper that the rate of juror response has dropped to about 25 percent, from 45 percent, since the switch.  So they began summoning more people.  
   Martin says that helped, but yesterday, when the court needed 450 jurors, 750 showed up.  The extra 300 people caused a log jam that forced jurors to line up outside the courthouse for 15 minutes or more in near-zero temperatures.  
   The court is working with OSCA to resolve the issues with the system.
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:29
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   Fire investigators still aren't sure what sparked an early morning home fire Monday that killed two Berkeley children and injured their parents.  
   Authorities say Stephen and Cheronna Towns escaped their burning home with their eight month old daughter by climbing out a bedroom window.  The couple was unable to reach their two young sons, 4 year old Stephen Junior and 3 year old Isiah.  Both boys died.  Their parents are hospitalized with burns and other injuries.  The baby wasn't hurt.  
   Stephen Towns is half of the gospel hip hop duo, Forever.  Because of his love of music, friends are organizing a benefit concert for the family.  In the mean time, they've set up an online fundraiser at  https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9hG5b 
 
 
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:12
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Police looking for a suspect in a credit union robbery.

 

The St. Louis Community Credit Union in the 4400 block of Chippewa was robbed just after noon today. Police say a suspect demanded money from. He told the teller not to look at him or he would shoot the teller in the face. 

 

If you have any information on the suspect, call CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS (8477).

Monday, 10 February 2014 17:24
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Archdiocese of St. Louis has turned over names of priests accused of sexually abusing minors over a 20-year period, though the names will not be made public.
 
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last week that the archdiocese must release the names of more than 100 church employees accused of abuse. The list is under seal and available only to the judge who granted the order and attorneys involved in litigation.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that the names were turned over, but said it was unclear how many names were released.
 
The disclosure is part of 2011 lawsuit filed on behalf of a then-19-year-old woman who claimed abuse by since-defrocked Rev. Joseph Ross, starting when she was 5 at St. Cronan's parish.
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:16
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway says she is running for Missouri governor in 2016.
 
Hanaway's announcement Monday makes her the first Republican to enter the race. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has been building a gubernatorial campaign since last year.
 
The office will be open because Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
 
Hanaway is a former state lawmaker from St. Louis County who in 2003 became the first women to serve as Missouri House speaker after helping Republicans win a majority in the chamber.
 
She lost a bid for secretary of state in 2004 but was appointed the next year by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. attorney for the eastern Missouri. She held that position until April 2009.
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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) - A man serving life in prison for the 2009 killings of his wife and their two young sons in southwestern Illinois is asking for his convictions to be tossed on claims that decisions by the trial judge prejudiced jurors against him.
 
An attorney for Christopher Coleman argues in a petition with the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court that jurors were wrongly allowed to see videos and photographs of Coleman and his lover.
 
Coleman's appeal also argues that prosecutors didn't sufficiently prove their case.
 
Thirty-seven-year-old Coleman was convicted of strangling his wife and sons at the Coleman's Columbia home in 2009.
 
He is serving his life sentences at a prison outside of Illinois.
 
The state appellate prosecutor's office has until March 31 to file a response to the appeal.
Monday, 10 February 2014 13:34
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri organizations representing teachers, administrators and school board members are supporting a plan for unaccredited districts as state education officials start digging into several proposals.
 
The Missouri School Boards' Association said Monday the plan calls for a contract between the State Board of Education and unaccredited school districts. Districts would commit to improving their performance while the state would classify the districts as provisionally accredited. It would relieve the school systems from a Missouri law that requires unaccredited school districts to pay for students to transfer to higher-performing districts elsewhere.
 
Kansas City and two school districts in St. Louis County are unaccredited.
 
Numerous plans have been submitted to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The State Board of Education is holding a work session Monday.
Monday, 10 February 2014 13:23
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Motorists are reporting some confusing signs around one of the approaches to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

 

For the morning rush hour, drivers from the Illinois side on Interstate 70 noticed a closed sign over the exit for the bridge, even though the Stan Span is officially open. Some GPS units are not recognizing the bridge yet--although it appears Google Maps has updated to include the bridge.

 

Transportation officials are still optimistic and say the bridge will reduce traffic on the Poplar Street each morning by about 20 percent.

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A grisly discovery in south St. Louis.

 

Police say they found human remains near the railroad tracks at First Street and Branch. Officials say the remains were so badly decomposed that it is not clear if the body is that of man or woman.

 

Police did not have any more information on the remains.

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