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4:36 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Smoking ban takes effect. Now what?

(via Flickr / Super Fantastic)

There must be thousands of St. Louisans struggling through day three of a new year's resolution not to smoke.  In fact, Barry Freedman, Project Manager for Communities Putting Prevention to Work with the St. Louis County Department of Health says a survey of St. Louis smokers shows that nearly 60% say they'd like to quit in the next six months.  

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Kit Bond
4:15 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Kit Bond to announce new job in private sector

Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond addresses the 131st National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 13, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)

Looks like Kit Bond isn't just moving out of national politics when he retires, but is moving on -- to the private sector.

Bond announced today, via a press release, that he will be having a morning press conference tomorrow in St. Louis to share the details of his next step. A location for the press conference was not listed, but will be announced at 8 a.m.

Missing student
3:06 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Still no information on missing student from Maplewood

Dulguun Sukhee, 20, went missing four days before Christmas
(Passport photo via Maplewood Police Dept.)

Maplewood police say they still have no leads on a St. Louis Community College student from Mongolia who went missing four days before Christmas.

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New Year's traffic
2:10 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

One MO highway death over New Year's

File photo

It was a safer year for motorists traveling on Missouri roads during the New Year's holiday this year.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced today that it has reports of just one fatality on the roads between 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 11:59 yesterday. Troopers investigated 157 accidents, which also resulted in 70 injuries, and arrested 90 people who were driving drunk.

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New Year's Eve Tornadoes
1:47 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

FEMA to survey damage from New Year's Eve tornadoes

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon walks with resident Anthony Tumminia during a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Mo. on Jan. 1, 2011. Sunset Hills sustained damage to about 25 homes in a storm Dec. 31, 2010. Tumminia'a home was completely destroyed.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Beginning Tuesday, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will survey damage from the New Year's Eve tornadoes that demolished homes and businesses across the state.

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MO Statehouse
11:40 am
Mon January 3, 2011

2011 Missouri Legislative Preview

Marshall Griffin shares what Missourians can expect for this year's legislative session. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI )

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the 2011 legislative session.  There’ll be many new faces, thanks to term limits, along with new leaders for both the State House and Senate.  And Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the Senate and fall only three votes short of one in the House.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the major issues they’ll be facing this year.

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Crime
10:58 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Additional arrests made in Maryland Heights Police Sgt. shooting

17-year-old Marquise Lockhart, one of the two new arrests in the shooting of Maryland Heights police sergeant Joe Eagan. (via St. Louis County Police)

A 17-year-old and 16 year old juvenile are the two latest arrests in the Dec. 18 incident in which Maryland Heights Police sergeant Joe Eagan was shot in the face.

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Midwest Economy
10:30 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Continued Midwestern economic growth suggested by survey

A survey released by Creighton University shows continued economic growth for the near future, though no real expectation for increased employment. (via Flickr/ Rob Lee)
Flickr/Rob Lee

A survey says that economic growth in the Midwest will continue into the first half of the new year, but what does that really mean?

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Monday headlines
8:19 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Ste. Genevieve soldier killed, Chuck Berry collapses, Mo. Mental Health Dept.'s excessive overtime, Mo. schools preparing for cuts

Chuck Berry performs at a free concert at Kiener Plaza in July. The rock-and-roll legend is on the mend after collapsing on stage in Chicago on Saturday.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
  • A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for a soldier from Ste. Genevieve who died in Afghanistan. 25 year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The army says he died Dec. 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wound suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvsed explosive device. Beckerman arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. He joined the Army in September 2004.
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