Bonne Terre, Mo. – A 56-year-old inmate at the Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre has died of apparent natural causes.
Corrections officials say Lester Algiere died Tuesday evening.
Algiere had been in prison since December of 2001 after a conviction on sexual misconduct in Greene County.
St. Louis, MO – The Democrat running for Vice President will hold a town hall meeting Friday morning in St. Charles.
His campaign says John Edwards will talk to Missourians about the economy and listen to what's on their minds.
An exact time and place has not yet been set.
President Bush was in St. Charles earlier this month; First Lady Laura Bush spoke in Frontenac last week. Edwards appeared with Kerry on Aug. 5 to start a cross-country whistle stop tour.
St. Louis, MO – The two sides in the St. Louis area mechanics strike will sit down with a federal mediator today (Wed).
It's the first time they've gotten together since the 1,800 or so mechanics walked off the job more than three weeks ago.
The mechanics work at new car dealerships on the St. Louis side of the river.
The two sides are split over dealers' intention to allow lower paid employees to do some work currently done by higher skilled employees.
Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today signed a bill restricting sales of cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.
Stores have to lock up medicines that contain the chemicals and can only sell two boxes at a time under the legislation pushed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
The medicines can contain no more than three grams of a chemical used to make meth. Meth is a highly addictive drug whose use is spreading in Illinois.
Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri continues to be a hot-bed for meth labs.
The Highway Patrol says law officers discovered nearly 1,500 meth labs through the first half of this year.
That's slightly behind last year's figure. But the patrol says the state still could meet or exceed last year's total of about 2,900 meth lab seizures.
Missouri has led the nation in meth lab seizures each year since 2001.
St. Louis, MO – A rare two-headed albino rat snake has been returned to the City Museum in downtown St. Louis.
Workers at the Museum's World Aquarium realized it was gone Monday morning.
A Belleville woman called police a short time later to say she'd seen two teens with a two-headed snake.
The boys have been charged. One of them is 18-year old Brandon Smith; the other is a juvenile. They were recently fired from the City Museum after working about a week.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence of a man who once told a judge he wanted to plead guilty to a double murder and be sentenced to die.
Richard Strong told a judge in 2002 he wanted to plead guilty to killing his girlfriend and her young daughter.
Eva Washington and her child were killed in October of 2000. Washington was stabbed 21 times with a butcher knife in a St. Louis suburb. Her daughter was stabbed 12 times.
Strong was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder.
St. Louis – An Amtrak conductor says he'll resign after suggesting that his train passengers should vote against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
Conductor Leslie Farr is the Republican challenger to Democratic Congressman William Lacy Clay of St. Louis. He also is a delegate to next week's Republican National Convention.
Farr has been suspended without pay because of an August Fifth incident.
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis public school officials hope a nationally-recognized educator will help the district boost its academic performance.
The district has hired Lynn Spampinato for the newly-created position of chief academic officer. She'll oversee the curriculum for 38,000 city students.
Spampinato says schools must believe all children can learn regardless of social background. She says each grade level must have a standard curriculum that carries over to every school.
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – Newspaper editors across the country are keeping a closer eye on just who's writing them.
That's because political campaigns are using their websites to urge letter writers.
The idea isn't new. But Ray Gunter says he's seen more of the form letters this year.
Gunter puts together the Letters to the Editor page in the Post-Dispatch. He says he throws out form letters he finds because the page should be saved for original thoughts.
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