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Search Suspended After Boat Incident

(Hartford, IL)  --  A search for survivors in the Mississippi River is now a recovery effort, after a boat carrying a ten-year-old boy and two adults capsized on the Illinois side of the river near Hartford yesterday.  The boat was in rough water and the two adults were reportedly not wearing life jackets.  The ten-year-old was rescued from the river by a tugboat and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

U.S. Diplomat, Illinois Native Killed In Afghanistan

(Chicago, IL)  --  The American diplomat and Illinois native  who died Saturday in Afghanistan is apparently the first ever to perish in the war-torn country.  Anne Smedinghoff of River Forest, Illinois was part of a convoy travelling in Afghanistan yesterday when a car bomb killed the 25-year-old, along with three U.S. soldiers and a Defense Department employee.  The "Washington Post" says Smedinghoff was the first U.S. diplomat to be killed in Afghanistan.

Teen Shot Near The Arch

(St. Louis, MO)  --  St. Louis police are investigating after a teenager was shot near the Gateway Arch.  It happened Saturday night in a vacant parking lot near the landmark.  The victim tells police he heard gunfire, then realized he'd been shot in the foot.  He was treated and released from an area hospital.  No arrests have been made.

Stephen Colbert Interviews Bill Clinton In STL

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert went one-on-one with former President Bill Clinton this weekend in St. Louis.  Colbert hosted the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at Washington University.  It was Colbert's first-ever interview with Clinton.  You can watch it at

Ten Thousand Runners Take Part In Race

(St. Louis, MO)  --  More than ten-thousand people took to the streets of downtown yesterday for the Go! St. Louis Marathon.  Traffic was a bit of a problem as several roads were closed down for yesterday's event, including Olive and Market Streets.  This year's winners were Geoffry Kiprotich of Ohio and Autumn Ray of Arizona.

Expect Stepped Up Police Presence For Today's Home Opener

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Expect stepped up police presence for today's home opener.  While Cards fans are anticipating the first pitch, thieves see a prime opportunity to rip-off those partiers.  The festivities kick-off this morning at eleven, at the corner of Clark and 8th.  The Cards are hosting Cincinnati, gates open at 1:15 and first pitch is 3:15.  `

Former Waitress Sues St. Peters Hooters

(St. Peters, MO)  --  A former waitress is suing a St. Peters Hooters restaurant.  Sandra Lupo claims she was forced into quitting after undergoing brain surgery.  She was left with a partially shaved head and scar from the operation.  The restaurant's website states "much more than just a pretty face, Hooters girls have game."      

Small Town Politics At Their Best

(Ellisville, MO)  --  Small town politics at their best will play out tonight in Ellisville.  Following three days of testimony last week, a vote will be taken on Mayor Adam Paul's impeachment.  The town and its leaders have been at odds for months over proposed TIF's for a new Walmart.  

Washington, Missouri's New Rail Transfer Facility

(Washington, MO)  --  A ceremony is planned today for Washington, Missouri's new rail transfer facility.  Governor Jay Nixon will be on hand for the dedication at 11:15 a.m. on West Main Street.  The four-point-two-million-dollar project is expected to provide over 300 local jobs.        

Metro East Burglary Ring

(St. Clair Co, MO)  --  Belleville police bust up a small burglary ring.  Three suspects were charged over the weekend after a St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy pulled over their car in East St. Louis.  An APB was issued when a victim was able to provide authorities with the plate number on their escape vehicle.   Eighteen-year-old Wadell Savage, 19-year-old Michael Rencher and 22-year-old Vincent Pitts remain jailed.

Teen Shot On Landing Faces Pot Charges

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A teen shot on Laclede's Landing over the weekend is facing pot charges.  Police say the 16-year-old was struck once in the lower leg while participating in a "flash mob" Saturday night on Second Street.  Pot was discovered on the victim when he went to a local hospital for treatment.  The shooter has not been arrested.               

FAA Delays Sequestration Tower Closures

(Alton, IL)  --  The FAA has delayed the April 15th start of sequestration tower closures.  The move will give those involved more time to execute changes.  St. Louis Regional Airport in Alton is one of those on the chopping block.  The closures will now be effective June 15th.  View the complete list at

Forest Park Trolley Service Returns

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Spring is in the air and the Forest Park Trolley returns for its third year.  The service operates daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It not only provides convenience to navigate Forest Park but also helps alleviate congestion.


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