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Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Sandra Karsten speaks with interim St. Louis Police Chief Larry O'Toole in July. The Highway Patrol began monitoring St. Louis highways this summer.
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Halfway through a 90-day initiative, the Missouri Highway Patrol has confiscated at least 20 illegal guns and made hundreds of arrests for outstanding warrants on Interstates 55 and 70 in St. Louis.

It’s the first time in modern history the patrol has deployed up to 30 troopers on interstate highways within the city of St. Louis for an extended period of time, Capt. John Hotz said. But watching the highways may be one of the few things state and federal government can do to help St. Louis bring down its crime rate, putting the onus primarily on St. Louis’ officers and citizens.

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President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet repeatedly have promised to help get violent crime in cities like St. Louis, which is on pace to have 180-plus homicides for the third year in a row, under control.

The administration has promised an additional $200 million to combat the problem, with most of the money targeted to boosting enforcement. Though St. Louis is guaranteed none of that money, the budget is praised by local law enforcement and criticized by those who daily try to fight crime on the ground.

Former FBI Director James Comey
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On Feb. 12, FBI director James B. Comey spoke at Georgetown University and his words have engendered a lot of comment. While the full text of the speech is available on the FBI website; some key elements follow. Below these bullet points are comments from Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Carol Camp Yeakey of Washington University. They responded to a request St.

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III
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Robert S. Mueller III became director of the FBI in 2001, just one week before the Sept. 11 attacks. He then had the enormous responsibility of leading the agency through a transformation into the threat-based, intelligence-led organization it is today.

Mueller spoke to St. Louis Public Radio's Katie Cook about the changes the FBI underwent post 9/11, and the many efforts its agents made to better serve the country’s changing needs.

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The FBI is hoping a reward of up to $20,000 will help solve the case of a Jefferson County woman who vanished in 2005.  Investigators have also released a new missing person poster showing Amanda Kay Jones in the clothes she was wearing the day she disappeared.

The federal agency is seeking information leading to the location of  Jones, or details about anyone who was involved in the disappearance.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller contributed reporting to this story.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and police at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale are investigating after someone mailed a threat to the university last night.

The threat prompted an safety alert to students, faculty and staff, but SIU-C spokesman Rod Sievers called that a precaution.

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A man who federal authorities say is a suspect in at least 10 bank robberies over the last three months has been arrested in a small town in Oklahoma, less than 10 miles from the Arkansas border.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation dubbed Michael Eugene Brewster the "Bucket List Bandit" because he allegedly told bank tellers that he had just months to live. He's thought to have robbed banks in Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, where his last robbery allegedly occurred on Sept. 10.

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Udpated at 2:15 pm Thursday with various corrections.

A Greenville, Ill. native who spent the last four years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Critical Incident Response Group is the new special agent in charge of the FBI field office in St. Louis.

The FBI announced the appointment of Dean C. Bryant to the post today. He replaces Dennis Baker, who retired at the end of December.

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The FBI is looking for a man who robbed the Forest Park Community Credit Union near Saint Louis University today - a robber investigators believe may be responsible for two other robberies last month.

The Bureau says that just before 1 p.m., the robber entered the credit union at 3651 Forest Park Ave., and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The robber did not show or imply that he had a weapon, and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into three bank robberies that took place within four hours of each other.

Today's robberies were the third, fourth and fifth of the month, and brings the total for 2012 to 14.

Here are the details:

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A bank robber the Federal Bureau of Investigation has dubbed the "Logo bandit" for his habit of wearing  athletic apparel while committing his crimes has struck again.

The FBI's St. Louis office says the man approached a teller at the Bank of America at 9661 Manchester Rd. around 10:30 a.m. today and presented a demand note to the teller. The robber did not display a gun or indicate that he possessed a weapon.