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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

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Anti-Semitic attacks down before shooting (04/16/14)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. The contrast between the Anti-Defamation League's 2013 audit and the Sunday attack that killed three people highlights what hate-group trackers say is a broader trend: more overall tolerance disrupted by periodic bursts of violence from a disenfranchised fringe.. ...
St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture (04/16/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County man sexually tortured five women in his apartment at separate times over a period of several years, using threats and psychological control to keep them from leaving or going to police, the county prosecutor said Tuesday...
St. Louis police taking new approach to ‘johns' (04/16/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Men who prowl the streets of St. Louis for prostitutes can expect a brightly colored postcard in the mail -- from police. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that in an effort to curb prostitution, police are targeting, and perhaps humiliating, the "johns" who use the services. The postcards mailed to the homes of those charged with trying to pick up prostitutes will offer a reminder about spreading sexually transmitted diseases, along with listing the court date...
Supremacist faces murder charges (04/16/14)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross faces one count of capital murder for the deaths of 14-year-old boy and his grandfather and one count of first-degree premeditated murder for the death of a woman, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said at a news conference...
Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees (04/15/14)
ST. LOUIS -- The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland -- a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s in recent days gave way to highs in the 40s in much of the lower Midwest on Monday, with even colder temperatures on the way. ...
New Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis not at traffic projections (04/15/14)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- Traffic isn't at projected levels on a new Interstate 70 bridge crossing the Mississippi River between Illinois and St. Louis, according to numbers released Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge was expected to carry about 40,000 vehicles a day. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Transportation Department figures show the bridge has averaged about 31,100 a day since it opened in early February...
Missouri Senate sets aside debate on ethics legislation (04/15/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying. The bill would make lawmakers wait two years after their terms expire before registering as lobbyists. It would require lawmakers to reimburse lobbyists for most gifts within 30 days and lobbyists would have 48 hours to report such expenditures...
Great Dane involved in fatal attack dog park back at home with owner (04/15/14)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- A Great Dane involved in a fatal attack at a St. Louis-area dog park has been returned to his owner. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the dog, named Zeus, was given back to his owner Friday. Authorities say the Great Dane attacked and killed Buddy, a 10-year-old golden retriever, on March 30 at Quail Ridge Park in the off-leash dog area...
St. Louis aldermen OK music festivals (04/15/14)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis will apparently be host two big annual music festivals starting in 2015. Aldermen on Monday voted 21-4 to approve a bill granting the Los Angeles talent agency ICM and Summer Rocks LLC exclusive access to the Gateway Mall over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. ICM Partners has said it will host a country music festival in St. Louis every Memorial Day weekend, and a big rock festival every Labor Day weekend...
Union vote focuses on absent lawmakers (04/14/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In legislative lingo, it's called "taking a walk." A lawmaker walks out of the chamber -- sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town -- and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue. During eight years in office, Missouri Rep. Rick Stream said he never walked out on a vote -- until this past week, when it came time for the state House to vote on a measure that could limit union fees...
Members of 37 congregations meet in Springfield (04/14/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Members of three religious denominations say they are setting aside their differences to work together in Springfield and across the state. About 250 people from 37 Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Bahá'í congregations met Thursday to discuss issues they plan to address with the Missouri Legislature, such as early voting, Medicaid expansion, poverty and living wages. Gov. Jay Nixon attended and received a standing ovation from the crowd...
Residents near Superfund site upset over hirings (04/14/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Residents who live near a St. Louis Superfund site are upset about what they see as a lack of effort to bring in minority-owned firms to help with the cleanup. Asbestos removal is expected to begin within weeks on the Carter Carburetor site in north St. ...
Columbia, Mo., groups to study pot cultivation ordinance (04/14/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Columbia advisory panel researching a proposed ordinance that would decriminalize cultivation of small amounts of marijuana has agreed to work with the city's board of health on the issue before making a recommendation to the city council this summer...
Diaper shortages create hardship and health problems (04/14/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Disposable diaper shortages among needy families are harming infants and their parents, according to health-care providers and advocates for the poor. Local food pantries receive countless requests for diapers but are unable to meet the demand, the St. ...
Barbershop groups stage comeback (04/14/14)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Singers call it the "angel's voice." The phenomenon occurs when a group of singers reach an identical chord, voices blended together as one, the harmonics justly tuned and balanced, creating a new frequency of sound that can "literally raise up the hair on the arm," Don Snow said...