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   A year after fire swept through the four-story 3949 Lindell Apartments, the building is about to reopen.  

   Fire broke out in the attic of the 197 unit building on July 17th of 2012.  The five alarm fire quickly spread through the Central West End complex.  No one was hurt, but more than half of the building was destroyed.  St. Louis fire officials say the blaze burned so hot that investigators were not able to determine a cause.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the building now has sprinklers in the attic, a firefighting feature absent in the original building.  

   Tenants have already moved into one rebuilt section, with the rest of the project will reopen in mid-August.  

Wellston releases prisoners for lack of food

Friday, 26 July 2013 01:21 Published in Local News

   Five prisoners being held in the Wellston city jail are free, even though their warrants haven't been cleared.  

   Officials released all the prisoners Wednesday night because the police department could no longer afford to feed them.  The cash-strapped city had stopped providing funds for inmate meals.  

   Police officers began dipping into their own pockets to buy them food, but the city refused to reimburse the officers.

   All of the prisoners released were being held on misdemeanor warrants.

   Senator Claire McCaskill has long been an advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military. So the Missouri Democrat is perplexed this week after being singled out in St. Louis Post Dispatch and Facebook ads calling her a roadblock to reforming the system.

   Protect Our Defenders, a Washington-based advocacy group for military sexual assault victims, took aim at McCaskill over her opposition to an amendment proposed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

   Gillibrand proposes setting up a new independent legal channel to prosecute sexual assaults and other major crimes.   The Pentagon and many Democratic and GOP senators oppose the idea.

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