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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities have confirmed that a body found floating in the Mississippi River near St. Louis is that of a woman who fell from a ferry last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the victim was identified on Monday as 60-year-old Lynn Watson of Florissant.

A recreational boater discovered the body Monday morning.

Watson fell Friday afternoon from a ferry boat operated by Golden Eagle Ferry as it crossed from St. Charles County, Mo., to Calhoun County, Ill.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says investigators determined that the death was an accident.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 16:41
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   Police are hoping store surveillance images can help catch a pair of thieves who targeted an elderly woman at a St. Charles Walmart.  

   Police say a woman posed as a personal shopper, telling the victim that she worked for the store.  She helped the woman with her purchases, and offered to help her load groceries into her car.  While loading groceries, the woman reportedly took the victim's wallet from her purse, then got into a car being driven by a male accomplice.  

   The victim lost several hundred dollars in cash.  

   Anyone with information is asked call St. Charles Police at (636) 949-3344.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that prohibits welfare recipients from using such funds at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.

The legislation also bars recipients from using cash benefits to buy anything marketed for adults while increasing penalties for people who are convicted of spending benefits improperly. The newly signed law brings Missouri into compliance with federal restrictions on purchases using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families electronic cash benefit cards.

Nixon said Monday the legislation ensures assistance for those in need is provided in a proper manner.

Supporters said the measure would help to prevent fraud and abuse in the welfare system. Critics had said it would create unnecessary restrictions on where people can buy food.

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   Today is the start of unpaid furloughs for about 4,500 civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East. 

    For most workers at Scott Air Force Base--the 11 furlough days are being spread out in one-day-a-week increments for 11 weeks with many civilian workers opting for a 3-day weekend.   

      Lt. Korey Fratini tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch although the furlough days have been spread out it's still costing workers two weeks' pay. So, the base is offering financial and budgeting advice. Work normally done by furloughed workers are being picked up by remaining employees.

   Also,  Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri is furloughing about 3,400 civilian workers under a similar 11-week process.

     The furloughs are part of the sequester cost-cutting deal hammered out by the Obama Administration and Congress for the current fiscal year. 

 

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