MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Nixon talks education with reporters

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, spent some time today discussing education issues with reporters. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon spent a few minutes with reporters in Jefferson  City today, answering questions about education and other topics.

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4:35 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Jones pleads guilty to ATM Solutions robbery

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

One of the four individuals involved in the ATM Solutions robbery has pleaded guilty to several charges related to the Aug. 2, 2010 incident.

John Wesley Jones, 36, from Florissant, Mo. pleaded guilty today to the following charges:

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from Cityscape
3:11 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Charlie Hunter grooves through town

Charlie Hunter in 2009 (Tak Tokiwa)

Charlie Hunter hasn't used his famous 8-string bass-guitar hybrid for some three years now.   These days, it's seven strings.  He's got the low three of a bass and the middle four of a guitar, all tuned a minor third higher than normal.  He happily abandoned the highest string in favor of a more condensed and practical version of his one-of-a-kind instrument.  He may be practicing more drums than guitar nowadays anyway. His 2nd solo album, Public Domain, is highly percussive. Released on his own label, Public Domain kicks the dust off eleven old standards from his grandfather's era, who turns one hundred this year.

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Christopher Coleman
2:16 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

UPDATE: Judge: Hearsay, time of death testimony to be allowed in Coleman trial

A judge is expected to rule this afternoon on using hearsay statements in the trial of Christopher Coleman, the man who allegedly murdered wife Sheri and sons Gavin and Garett (pictured) in Columbia, Ill. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)


The judge has ruled to allow the hearsay testimony into court. Additionally, according to the Associated Press, jurors will be allowed to hear an expert testify for prosecutors about the victims' estimated time of death.

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A judge is expected to rule this afternoon about the use of statements from victim Sherri Coleman as evidence against her husband Christopher Coleman.

Christopher Coleman is accused of killing Sherri and their two young sons, Gavin and Garrett.

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Admiral Fire
12:09 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Admiral riverboat fire under control quickly

St. Louis firefighters try to determine the origin of smoke coming from the top of the Admiral riverboat in St. Louis on Jan. 22, 2011. Workers using cutting torches may have ignited old grease from a kitchen vent (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Admiral riverboat was the site of a two-alarm fire today which was quickly brought under control by firefighters.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the blaze may have been started in some grease-coated ductwork by a worker's torch when he was cutting through the duct material.

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Towing scandal
10:46 am
Fri January 21, 2011

First towing scandal figure reports to prison

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

The first of the four men sentenced in connection with the scandal at St. Louis Metropolitan Towing has reported to prison.

Kenneth Bialczak and his older brother William pleaded guilty in September 2010 to tax evasion. They owned several of the businesses connected to the scandal, including Metropolitan Towing and S&H Parking.

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Snowmobiling Accident
10:29 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Edwardsville, Ill. woman dies in snowmobile crash

The driver's view while on a snowmobile. (via Flickr/Jonas B)

With snowy weather comes many opportunities for recreation, but sometimes that recreation turns into something very different.

The Office of the Coroner for Madison County in Edwardsville, Ill. reported the death of 41-year-old Kelly J. Strohmeler this morning. Strohmeler died after the snowmobile she was riding in a snow-covered farm field struck a rut in the field and ejected her.

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Morning round-up
8:41 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Nixon proposes tax amnesty, Mountain lion sighting in Chesterfield, Ameren raising gas rates

A wildlife camera captured the image of a Mountain lion in Chesterfield. It's the third sighting in Missouri since Nov. (flickr/contemplicity)

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4:19 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Fleming to resign from RCGA

President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association Dick Fleming. Fleming has announced that he will step down. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association will step down by the end of this year.

Dick Fleming made the announcement Thursday.

He will continue to lead the RCGA until the board chooses his successor.

Fleming says the St. Louis region works together much better than it did when he first joined the RCGA back in 1994.

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MO Statehouse
4:09 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Labor union opposes Nixon's job cut proposal

At least one labor union that represents state workers in Missouri is lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's plan to eliminate more than 860 state jobs.

Nixon made that announcement during Wednesday's State of the State Address.

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