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3-year-old shot by brother in St. Louis County

2014-04-20 18:10:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis County Police are investigating a shooting that happened today about 12:30 p.m. in the 9700 block of Lorna Lane in unincorporated St. Louis County. Read Full Story ...

Span?s sacrifice fly in 9th lifts Nats over Cards

2014-04-20 18:09:45 fox2news.com
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Denard Span hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals, with Bryce Harper... Read Full Story ...

8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident

2014-04-20 18:00:23 fox2news.com
HELSINKI (AP) _ Finnish officials say eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and... Read Full Story ...

5 pm news



8 dead in northern Mexico plane crash

2014-04-20 17:57:04 fox2news.com
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A private plane has crashed in a northern Mexico city, killing all eight people on board.... Read Full Story ...

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help; sub continues search for missing plane

2014-04-20 17:51:17 fox2news.com
PERTH, Australia (AP) _ Relatives of those missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are expressing dissatisfaction after a meeting with... Read Full Story ...

Road accident kills 36 in southern Pakistan

2014-04-20 17:50:25 fox2news.com
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) _ Pakistani police say a passenger bus has rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the... Read Full Story ...

Ice cream truck turf war breaks out on Easter

2014-04-20 17:41:11 fox2news.com
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A ice cream truck turf war broke out Easter morning in north St. Louis... Read Full Story ...

Fire destroys Ballwin home

2014-04-20 17:36:00 fox2news.com
BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) ? An early Sunday morning fire destroyed a house in Ballwin around 4 am. The two alarm... Read Full Story ...

3-year-old shot in the arm by 4-year-old

2014-04-20 17:31:59 fox2news.com
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) ? St. Louis County Police are investigating an accidental shooting involving a three year old... Read Full Story ...

Miss America: Rethink suspension over prom query

2014-04-20 17:01:48 fox2news.com
YORK, Pa. (AP) _ Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school... Read Full Story ...

4 pm news



Wabash Valley?s Daniela Rus Team Wins 2014 Regional Botball Tournament at SIUE

2014-04-20 16:59:59 SIUE.edu

Wagner-Sam_McNair-AmoniThe Daniela Rus Team from Wabash Valley in Terre Haute, Ind., won the 2014 annual Greater St. Louis Botball Tournament on Saturday, April 12 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Twenty-one teams competed in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom before a crowd of more than 150 throughout the day.

This year?s theme was assistive robotics. Building on last year?s theme of a Mars Sample Return Mission, the robots had to help Botguy recover from the long journey in space. The students built autonomous robots that traveled around a game board earning points with four goals to accomplish in two-minute rounds:

?Each year, we try and define some unique, challenging tasks that allow both the novice teams and those with more experience to succeed by scoring in the competition,? said Gary Mayer, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science in the SIUE School of Engineering and the event organizer. ?This year, it was the hangers. Many teams answered the challenge and were consistently successful in earning points.

?As an educator, it?s a great thing to see, and everyone should be proud of what these students accomplished.?

Botball teams score equally in three categories of documentation, seeding rounds and the double elimination tournament. In each category, teams earn a score of 0.0 to 1.0. The Daniela Rus team won the competition with a total score of 2.930 out of the possible 3.0.

Documentation points are earned through a team?s online submission during the weeks leading up to the tournament and from a presentation that student team members must give at the tournament. Another Wabash Valley team, Maja Mataric, took first in documentation. Teams following closely behind included Belleville East High School and Daniela Rus.

Uncontested seeding rounds were held in the morning. Points earned determined the teams? placement in the double-elimination bracket. One way to earn large points was for the robots to place hangers at the higher of two bars.

Daniela Rus took first in seeding rounds. St. Mary?s School in Edwardsville and another Wabash Valley team, Ada Lovelace, took second and third, respectively.

Daniela Rus beat Ada Lovelace in a dramatic final of the double-elimination event. In the semi-finals, Revitalization 2000 of St. Louis squared off against Daniela Rus. Each had one loss with the winner facing then undefeated Ada Lovelace, and Daniela Rus advanced.

In the first meeting against Ada Lovelace, Daniela Rus prevailed. The robots from both teams were high scorers, consistently able to place multiple hangers on the top rack.

With each team having one loss, it was winner take all as the two teams squared off again. With both teams going for the hangers at the center of the tournament table, Ada Lovelace got there first and was lining up its arm to hang its hangers when Daniela Rus arrived. The robots collided, knocking Ada Lovelace out of alignment, so the robot couldn?t successfully get hangers on the rack. Meanwhile, Daniela Rus was able to successfully get three hangers on the top rack, and advance to the winner?s circle.

Photo: Contestants Sam Wagner (left) and Amoni McNair at the 2014 annual Greater St. Louis Botball Tournament at SIUE.

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St. Louis priest accused of abuse released on bond

2014-04-20 16:57:42 fox2news.com
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A 31-year-old St. Louis priest accused of sexually abusing a grade school student has been released... Read Full Story ...

SIUE Student AMA Chapter Receives Collegiate Community Service Award

2014-04-20 16:19:48 SIUE.edu

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville?s Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) traveled to New Orleans April 10-12 for the 36th Annual AMA International Collegiate Conference (ICC). The SIUE Collegiate Chapter won the award for Outstanding Community Service award.

AMA sent eight SIUE School of Business students, who are current or future executive board members, to learn from marketing professionals and present the organization?s accomplishments from the 2013-2014 academic year.

During the conference, SIUE Collegiate Chapter AMA President Kevin Buensuceso, a marketing major from Gurnee, and Vice President of Membership Megan Splittstoesser, a marketing major from Cerro Gordo, were invited to present at the conference. Their topic was improving membership recruitment and retention.

?The conference served as a platform to represent the SIUE School of Business chapter on a professional level,? said Buensuceso. ?It was a great chance to showcase the accomplishments of our chapter and share our experiences.?

?We spent a lot of time this year developing a marketing campaign for a charity bike ride, Pax2Pax,? said Buensuceso. ?Going into the conference, we were not expecting to win anything. Winning this award was definitely a pleasant surprise and something of which we are extremely proud.

?It says a lot about our organization that we can do things that not only help us professionally, but also allow us to give back to the community.?

Buensuceso said attending the conference helped everyone improve both personally and professionally. ?We all learned so much and have already begun to implement things that we learned from the conference,? he said. ?It gave us additional motivation to really become a top chapter.?

Associate Professor of Marketing and Faculty Advisor for AMA Edmund Hershberger, associate professor of marketing in the SIUE School of Business and faculty advisor for the AMA Collegiate Chapter, finds the conference to be extremely beneficial to the students.

?Attending the AMA International Collegiate Conference is the highlight of the year for the SIUE chapter of the American Marketing Association,? said Hershberger. ?Not only are there a wealth of professional development and networking opportunities, but the students also benefit from hearing how other chapters become successful. They can bring back some really great ideas to make our chapter stronger.?

Photo:  (Top L-R) President Kevin Buensuceso, Justin Wood, Matt Jones, Adam Collins; (Seated, L-R) Christian Fawns, Megan Splittstoesser, Katelyn Salzman and Kate Jurovic.

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Cardinal: Could be last Easter as archbishop

2014-04-20 16:17:00 BND.com

Cardinal Francis George says this may be his last Easter holiday as the spiritual leader of Chicago's more than 2 million Roman Catholics.

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3 pm news



SIUE Pharmacy Student 1 of 12 in U.S. to Receive Leadership Award

2014-04-20 15:55:58 SIUE.edu

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy student Kimberlee Kabbes has been selected as one of only a few nationwide for her peer leadership and academic excellence.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the ASHP Research and Education Foundation have chosen Kabbes (Class of 2016) as one of 12 recipients across the U.S. for a 2013-2014 ASHP Student Leadership award. She received an ASHP drug information reference library and $2,000 in cash as a winner.

Kabbes, an Effingham native, is just beginning a one-year term of service as president of the School of Pharmacy?s local chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHSP), which is affiliated with the national ASHP organization.

Kabbes earned a bachelor?s in kinesiology and health education from SIUE and a master?s in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky. While at UK, she worked as a graduate assistant in the health and wellness program, and decided to pursue pharmacy.

While pursuing her Pharm.D., Kabbes works part-time as a pharmacy student in inpatient pharmacy at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, preparing medications in the IV room and delivering them as well.

?While my degree will be a Doctor of Pharmacy, I have a strong desire to pursue residency immediately after graduation with the goal of becoming a board-certified clinical pharmacist,? Kabbes said. ?My dream job would be to work in a health system (hospital) environment with a focus on either cardiovascular medicine or oncology.?

?In all honesty, I didn?t expect to even come close to being selected as an award recipient,? said Kabbes, who is humbled by the award. ?I thought applying would be a great learning experience. I?m grateful to School of Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup, Dr. Lisa Lubsch and Dr. Jingyang Fan for encouraging me to apply. I?m beyond honored.?

Lubsch is a clinical associate professor of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and nominated Kabbes for the award. Lubsch and Fan, also a clinical associate professor, are co-advisors to the SSHP chapter in SIUE?s School of Pharmacy.

?I chose to nominate Kimberlee out of nearly 300 students in our School because even though she is in year two of her four-year pharmacy curriculum, she has already accomplished so much during her career,? said Lubsch. ?Kimberlee is actively involved in two leadership organizations on campus (SSHP and the American Pharmacists Association?s Academy of Student Pharmacists).

?She does a tremendous job of balancing this generous commitment of time and support with academic excellence and excelling in her part-time job in health system pharmacy. It?s rare to see someone who is so successful in all three of these areas.?

Lubsch, who served on the ASHP?s national award selection committee five years ago, said she became familiar with the rigorous application process as well as the caliber of candidates.

?Every year I consider which student has stood out the most from his or her peers and has done the most for our School,? Lubsch said. ?Kimberlee is incredibly engaged in leadership for us and will continue as head of our ASHP student chapter during the next 12 months.

?The application process for this national award was extensive. We?re proud of Kimberlee. Once again, she is representing not only the SIUE School of Pharmacy, but also her peers and the profession as a whole.?

Fan agreed that the ASHP chose wisely in recognizing and rewarding Kabbes.

?We are the second-largest student organization in the School of Pharmacy,? said Fan. ?Last year, we had nearly 100 members. Kimberlee has done a great job organizing the (annual) ASHP Clinical Skills competition practice in April. She was the one who encouraged students to sign up for the practice, and they benefitted greatly. I?m excited to see how well they will do this fall in the local competition.

?In addition, Kimberlee is a big advocate for SSHP. She has gotten many pharmacy students interested in running for SSHP office next year. I look forward to working more with Kimberlee as chapter president in the coming year.?

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Man killed in St. Charles county home fire

2014-04-20 15:37:00 BND.com

Authorities say a 63-year-old man has died in a mobile home fire in rural St. Charles County.

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Nats sting Martinez, tie game

2014-04-20 15:30:00 STLToday.com
Four consecutive singles off fireball reliever rallies Nats for 2-2 game. Also: Lyons will make start in New York on Monday. Read Full Story ...

Nats rally, take a walk-off win from Cards

2014-04-20 15:30:00 STLToday.com
Washington flips inning on Martinez, wins on sacrifice fly in ninth. Also: Lyons will make start in New York on Monday. Read Full Story ...

2 pm news



Communities rally to fight back against heroin

2014-04-20 14:32:00 BND.com

Rachel Snelbaker fought the lonely battle against her daughter's heroin abuse for years, trying to get her into treatment and trying to track her down when she went missing to…

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Former death row inmate details difficulties

2014-04-20 14:23:00 BND.com

A former death row inmate whose wrongful murder conviction helped spark the end of Illinois' death penalty says life has been difficult on the outside, particularly recently.

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Ozarks survivor of Pearl Harbor dies

2014-04-20 14:23:00 BND.com

The last known Pearl Harbor survivor living in the Ozarks has died.

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1 pm news



Police: 6 people injured in Easter party shooting

2014-04-20 13:57:00 BND.com

Authorities say six people were injured in a shooting at an Easter party in suburban Chicago.

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Pepsi MidAmerica bringing jobs to Missouri

2014-04-20 13:42:00 BND.com

Pepsi MidAmerica is expected to bring about 74 jobs to southeast Missouri when it becomes the first tenant in a Cape Girardeau business park.

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Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions

2014-04-20 13:17:00 BND.com

A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.

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12 pm news



Authorities looking for family of man found wondering on I-64 in St. Charles County

2014-04-20 12:58:29 kmov.com
The St. Charles County Sheriff?s department is asking for the public?s help in locating the family members of an elderly man found walking on interstate 64. Read Full Story ...

Backes' availability not yet known after Seabrook hit

2014-04-20 12:51:00 STLToday.com
Blackhawks defenseman has been suspended three games by the league. Read Full Story ...

Authorities: Newborn baby found in plastic bag

2014-04-20 12:03:00 BND.com

Authorities say the body of a newborn baby boy was found wrapped in a plastic bag on Chicago's North Side.

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11 am news



Lawyer: No more appeals for Crundwell

2014-04-20 11:27:00 BND.com

A former bookkeeper who stole almost $54 million from a northern Illinois community has accepted she won't be able to reduce her nearly 20-year prison term.

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Downtown Belleville fountain damaged by car crash

2014-04-20 11:22:22 fox2news.com
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Authorities say a fountain in downtown Belleville’s Public Square is damaged after a driver crashed into... Read Full Story ...

BJC changes charity care standards

2014-04-20 11:20:53 kmov.com
Charity care has long been a core mission of BJC HealthCare, but the St. Louis area?s largest employer is cutting back amid increasing financial pressures. Read Full Story ...

Columbia City Council no longer volunteers

2014-04-20 11:17:00 BND.com

Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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Man identified who died in mobile home fire in St. Charles County

2014-04-20 11:09:00 STLToday.com
Authorities have identified the man who died in an early-morning fire Saturday at a St. Charles County mobile home park as Gerald Dorlac. Read Full Story ...

10 am news



Suspect in custody after argument, shooting

2014-04-20 10:57:33 kmov.com
(KMOV.com) ? A suspect is in custody after an argument led to one man being shot on Saturday afternoon. Read Full Story ...

Search underway for inmate who escaped from Bond County

2014-04-20 10:54:00 STLToday.com
Andrew J. Walker, who was being held on drug charges, apparently climbed through a vent. Read Full Story ...

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

2014-04-20 10:48:00 STLToday.com
His wrongful murder conviction has been chronicled as symbol of racial injustice. Read Full Story ...

Suspect sought after shooting, injuring man in north St. Louis

2014-04-20 10:42:46 kmov.com
According to police, an 18-year-old black man was sitting with a friend on the steps of a home in the 4700 block of Fair around noon when the suspect walked toward them and started shooting. Read Full Story ...

Chicagoan to run 35th straight Boston Marathon

2014-04-20 10:22:00 BND.com

A 53-year-old Chicagoan has run 34 Boston Marathons but couldn't finish last year's because of the bombings.

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Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

2014-04-20 10:18:00 BND.com

Legislation awaiting a likely veto by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would create a new tax break for the owners of local diners and downtown antique stores. Accountants and doctors could…

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Authorities probe deaths of husband, wife officers

2014-04-20 10:18:00 BND.com

Authorities say the bodies of a Cook County Department of Corrections officer and his Chicago police officer wife have been found at a Chicago house.

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St. Luke?s Hospital newborns dressed up for Easter

2014-04-20 10:02:24 fox2news.com
CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)- It is a holiday tradition at St. Luke?s Hospital. New babies at the hospital will celebrate Easter... Read Full Story ...

Suspect in Missouri college football coach slaying won't get change of venue

2014-04-20 10:00:00 STLToday.com
JOPLIN, Mo.  ?  A judge has denied a change of venue request for a man accused of shooting an assistant football coach to death outside a Joplin movie complex. Read Full Story ...

Prepare for health care costs in retirement

2014-04-20 10:00:00 theintelligencer.com
 As you save and invest for retirement, what are your ultimate goals? Do you plan on traveling the world? Purchasing a vacation home? Pursuing your hobbies? People often think and plan for these costs Read Full Story ...

Tips for surviving severe storms

2014-04-20 10:00:00 theintelligencer.com
What can I do to be safer during a storm? If you have advance notice that a powerful storm or hurricane is headed your way, here are some tips to help minimize damage to your property and increase you Read Full Story ...

Communication is the key to career success

2014-04-20 10:00:00 theintelligencer.com
Beyond specialized knowledge, employers today are interested in prospective employees? ability to work as part of a team, their aptitude for critical thinking and their communication skills. No mater Read Full Story ...

9 am news



Easter 2014: Amid celebrations, tension in Jerusalem and prayers in Boston

2014-04-20 09:52:45 fox2news.com
(CNN) — Christians celebrated Easter around the world Sunday, but with reminders of violence and politics. In his second Easter... Read Full Story ...

US Sen. Durbin says he's taking Oberweis seriously

2014-04-20 09:52:00 BND.com

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's taking his opponent in the November election more seriously than any challenger since he first was elected to the Senate nearly two decades ago.

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Boston Marathon security: How can you keep 26.2 miles safe?

2014-04-20 09:51:30 fox2news.com
(CNN) — As 36,000 marathoners get ready to pound the streets of Boston on Monday, authorities have their own mammoth... Read Full Story ...

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Crew member: Passengers couldn?t escape South Korean ferry due to listing

2014-04-20 09:44:23 fox2news.com
JINDO, South Korea (CNN) — Passengers aboard the doomed South Korean ferry could not board lifeboats because the vessel had... Read Full Story ...

Easter Sunday will be bright and warm

2014-04-20 09:43:00 STLToday.com
It's a perfect day for egg hunting this Easter Sunday as sunny skies, a slight breeze and a high of 81 are expected. Read Full Story ...

Easter Sunday was made for the outdoors

2014-04-20 09:43:00 STLToday.com
Some Easter celebrants awoke before sunrise Sunday for the eighth annual Resurrection Run in Kirkwood, sponsored by Concordia Lutheran church. The 5K run, which started at Oak Hill Cemetery an… Read Full Story ...

8 am news



Post Scripts: Josephine Baker?s Rainbow Tribe

2014-04-20 08:41:22 fox2news.com
(KTVI)-A new book is out that looks at Josephine Baker’s “Rainbow Tribe.” Long before Mia Farrow and Angelina Jolie, Baker,... Read Full Story ...

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7 am news



Prayer and running combine in Crestwood on Easter morning

2014-04-20 07:28:14 fox2news.com
CRESTWOOD, MO (KTVI)- A Crestwood Church has adopted one of the area?s more unusual versions of the sunrise, Easter Sunday... Read Full Story ...

Fox Theatre announces show schedule for 2014-2015

2014-04-20 07:07:33 fox2news.com
MIDTOWN ST. LOUIS (KTVI)-The Fox Theatre is excited about the shows coming to town during its 2014-2015 US Bank Broadway... Read Full Story ...

6 am news



5 killed, 22 wounded in Chicago shootings

2014-04-20 06:57:00 BND.com

Five people have been killed and at least 22 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

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Local filmmakers fulfill their dreams with crowd-funding and freebies

2014-04-20 06:00:00 STLToday.com
"Belleville" and "Autumn Wanderer" screen this week for hometown audiences. Read Full Story ...

5 am news



Bloody weekend again in Chicago: 5 killed, 16 hurt

2014-04-20 05:15:00 STLToday.com
CHICAGO   ?  Five people have been killed and at least 16 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening. Read Full Story ...

4 am news



Alaska village advances to national mascot finals

2014-04-20 04:47:00 BND.com

The northwest Alaska village of Deering may be tiny, but its school mascot is in the running for a national championship of nicknames.

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Elgin man gets 15-year sentence for drug sale

2014-04-20 04:02:00 BND.com

A 30-year-old Elgin man has been handed a 15-year prison sentence for selling cocaine near a public park.

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Illinois roadwork suspended for Easter weekend

2014-04-20 04:02:00 BND.com

The Illinois Department of Transportation has suspended all non-emergency roadwork over the Easter holiday weekend to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.

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Cubs, Ebony Magazine present Jackie Robinson Day

2014-04-20 04:02:00 BND.com

The Chicago Cubs are partnering with Ebony Magazine to present Jackie Robinson Day at Wrigley Field on Monday.

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2 am news



In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

2014-04-20 02:44:00 STLToday.com
Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, Read Full Story ...

12 am news



McClellan: Farmers near a landfill take the long view

2014-04-20 00:15:00 STLToday.com
But relatives disagree on what to do with great-grandfather's land.  Read Full Story ...

Missouri lawmakers take trips to Israel, California, New Orleans -- on the lobbyists' dime

2014-04-20 00:15:00 STLToday.com
Missouri legislators accepted more than $200K in travel perks from special interests in last three years. Read Full Story ...

Rosenthal uses heat to subdue Nationals

2014-04-20 00:05:00 STLToday.com
Pitching coach had right formula with closer struggling in the ninth. Read Full Story ...

EXCHANGE: Couple starts online food order website

2014-04-20 00:02:00 BND.com

Meals with a few mouse clicks ? the ability to get local restaurant food online is forthcoming as a Galesburg couple recently launched their new food ordering and delivery service.

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EXCHANGE: Firm captures memories for generations

2014-04-20 00:01:00 BND.com

In over 25 years of filming, Bob and Brenda Wilcott of Decatur have found one type of production has proven more meaningful than the rest.

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Strauss: Alden needs a home-run hire at MU

2014-04-20 00:00:00 STLToday.com
Mizzou?s next basketball coach has some major rebuilding to do. Read Full Story ...

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