A St. Louis-area investment handler has been ordered to spend eight years in federal prison and repay more than $4.3 million to often-elderly clients he bilked.
Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Joshua Gould, who was sentenced Friday in St. Louis, spent the money on such things as jewelry and strip clubs in neighboring Illinois.
Gould and 47-year-old David Rubin pleaded guilty in April to federal wire-fraud counts alleging they embezzled about $1.5 million from a retired couple.
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The endangered American burying beetle could be making its way to a southwestern Missouri prairie.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to work with the St. Louis Zoo to reintroduce the colorful beetle to Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie in St. Clair and Cedar counties.
The Zoo has a population of the beetles. Zoo officials say they have not been seen in Missouri in more than two decades.
(You might remember this earlier feature from our own Véronique LaCapra on the about some dedicated supporters in St. Louis joining a nationwide effort to save the insect).
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says a Metro East port project is getting more money.
Durbin announced the $8.5 million from the Department of Transportation. The money is to help build a transportation hub that Durbin says can help reduce congestion on the Mississippi River.
Durbin's office says the project got $6 million last year. The project includes a harbor, rail lines and a rail and truck facility in Madison County, Ill.
The Illinois Democrat says the facility can help the Metro East's economic competitiveness.
Springfield, Mo. federal prison officials forcibly medicate Loughner
Lawyers for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage say prison officials in Springfield, Mo. have resumed forcibly medicating their client with a psychotropic drug.
The economic development deal struck by lawmakers will cut one of Missouri’s most popular tax credits nearly in half.
The deal between House and Senate leaders would cut the amount of Historic Preservation tax credits issued each year from $140 million down to $80 million.
Ruth Keenoy with the non-profit Landmark Associates of St. Louis, Inc., says the smaller cap would be detrimental to Missouri’s economy. She wants the incentives to be left as-is.
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