Morning headlines: Friday, July 15, 2011
Record setting weekend expected at Busch Stadium Sunday
Busch Stadium could set an attendance record this weekend, but the crowd won't be there for a St. Louis Cardinals game. A stadium-record 52,000 people are expected for the U2 concert scheduled for Sunday night. That will include fans with seats on the field.
The turf at the stadium has been dug up. It will be replanted after the concert and should have plenty of time to settle before the Cardinals return home. The Cardinals begin the second half of their season Friday with a nine-game road trip to Cincinnati, New York and Pittsburgh. They return to Busch for a game against Houston on July 25.
Dozens of dogs rescued from breeding facility
More than 70 dogs of various breeds are now being cared for by the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis after being removed from a breeding facility in southwest Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture says the dogs were taken Thursday in the first case under Missouri's new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. The act was signed into law in April.
Authorities say the dogs taken from Moser Kennel in Monett included poodles, beagles, labs and other breeds. Inspectors say they found trash, unclean drinking water and standing water in dog houses. Attorney General Chris Koster had sued the facility's owner in June.
The new law was enacted this spring after legislators replaced much of a dog-breeding initiative that had been passed by voters last year.
Man sentenced to 20 years for jail escape
A man who escaped from an eastern Missouri jail in November has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The sentence for 32-year-old Corey Durand Cross of St. Louis was handed down Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.
In addition to the escape from the Lincoln County Jail, Cross was sentenced for drug and weapons charges. He pleaded guilty in March.
Cross escaped from the jail along with John Wesley Jones, who later pleaded guilty to being one of the robbers in the $6.6 million heist of ATM Solutions in St. Louis, one of the largest robberies ever in St. Louis.
To escape, the men made their way to the jail roof and jumped. Both were recaptured days later.