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Violent crime on the rise in St. Louis

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis saw an increase in violent crime last year.

According to the FBI, violent crime rates in St. Louis rose 20% in 2005.

Also in St. Louis, murder rates grew 16%, aggravated assault rose 22%, and forcible rape increased by 61%

Kansas City's crime rates also rose from last year. The city saw a 42% murder rate increase and an overall 1.3% rise in violent crimes.

Nationally, violent crimes rose 2.5%.

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