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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri athletics director Mike Alden says the school's initial response to news reports of a former swimmer's suicide could have been handled better.
 
Alden told reporters in interviews late Thursday that he expects Missouri to learn from Sasha Menu Courey's death and use it to bolster its student mental health services rather than "trying to defend" its actions.
 
The interviews mark Alden's first public comments on the case. Missouri curators voted Wednesday to approve an independent legal investigation.
 
Menu Courey killed herself in June 2011 in a Boston psychiatric hospital soon after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and two months after an earlier suicide attempt while still at Missouri. Her reports of a 2010 rape by several school football players are now under investigation by Columbia police.
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:36
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A note for residents in parts of Pevely.

 

Officials issued a boil order through the weekend. Water is fine for bathing and cleaning, but should not be used for drinking.

 

The city's website states: “A boil order has been issued for those residents living south of Main Street (south of the railroad tracks) and east of I-55, including Pevely Heights Subdivision. Boil any water which is to be used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, etc until Monday February 3rd."

 

More information is available at the city's website.

Friday, 31 January 2014 16:00
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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police say the first applicants for concealed-carry firearm permits in the state could have those permits by the middle of March.
 
State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond tells the Daily Herald that it's a possibility that some permits could be issued "after the first couple weeks in March." Meanwhile figures released Thursday show less than 1 percent of the applications in Illinois have been challenged. Local police departments can object to an application when they believe applicants pose a public threat.
 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports a state licensing board will consider about 230 objections filed by police. The board includes a former judge, two former prosecutors, three former FBI agents and a psychiatry professor
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - After 27 years on the fore, Jon Belmar, has been named St. Louis County's new top cop.

 

The St. Louis County Police Board of Commissioners voted today to name Belmar, 50, as outgoing Chief Tim Fitch's replacement. Belmar was one of three lieutenant colonels that the board interviewed for the position. his started his career with the county police in the Affton Southwest precinct and he later served in the South County precinct, Tactical Operations Unit, West County precinct, Arson and Explosives Unit and Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.

 

Tim Fitch retired this week after 34-years in law enforcement. 

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