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    U-City councilman introduces hate registry, following Jewish cemetery vandalism

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – A University City council member introduced an anti-hate crime resolution at the city council meeting Monday. This discussion comes as police are still searching for suspects who vandalized a Jewish cemetery. Police have not called what happened at the cemetery a hate crime. The councilman who introduced the anti-hate resolution has actually been working on this for months. University City Councilman Rod Jennings first heard about the idea of an anti-hate crime resolution while at […]

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    St. Louis Mardi Gras officials use concrete barriers to keep cars out of celebration areas

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – If you have ever been down to Soulard for Mardi Gras you know that there streets are packed with people. The organizers say years ago they used to use these bike racks to keep cars out, but now they use something more heavy duty like concrete barriers or Jersey barriers as they are called. These are used to block off all vehicle access to the north end of the Soulard, also known as the red zone […]

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    Unity vigil held for Jewish cemetery vandalized

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – University City volunteers are holding a unity vigil Sunday afternoon near the cemetery where hundreds of headstones were vandalized. Today’s vigil was open to the public, with organizers wanting people know this isn`t just for University City or the Jewish community, but rather for all of St. Louisans. It has been almost a week since over150 headstones were found vandalized in at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. Tonight people gathered at a […]

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    Substitute teacher gave pills to students as part of lesson plan; parents not happy

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Some parents in the Riverview Gardens School District are incensed over accusations a teacher distributed pills to his students during a class that may have messed with their digestive systems. According to the school district, a substitute teacher gave students some sort of digestive papaya enzyme as part of a lesson on digestive health Friday. The district said this is not district policy and officials are baffled by the situation and do not support […]

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    Rising cost of life-saving drug making it harder to fight overdoses

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – For several months now, first responders have being using Narcan to help try and save people who are overdosing on heroin, but the price of Narcan keeps rising which is a big concern for cities around the country. St. Louis Fire Captain Garon Mosby said the cost of Narcan is going up and they are noticing it typically takes about two doses to stop an overdose. Mosby said the department buys Narcan in bulk and it […]

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    Candle light vigil held at cemetery vandalized

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Community members held a candlelight vigil outside of the cemetery where 154 headstones were vandalized. People of all ages and religions gathered in front of the cemetery gates to sings and pray together. The vigil started as a grassroots effort by two members of the Jewish community just to bring people together. The organizers said the vigil had no political message just one of solidarity. Wednesday there is a clean-up effort at the cemetery starting […]

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    Man trying to burn out moles, sets neighbor’s house on fire

    RIVERVIEW, MO (KPLR) – A grass fire quickly turned into a house fire in a Riverview neighborhood Monday afternoon. Around 1 pm Michael Mitchell and Darien Finley were driving down the street when they saw a man waving for help. What he had hoped was a contained grass fire had started to spread. Mitchell and Finley said they started grabbing buckets of water to dump on the fire. They said within minutes the fire had spread to the front and […]

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    Lacrosse, swim programs in danger at O’Fallon Township High School

    O’FALLON, IL (KPLR) – Years of financial stress have resulted in the lacrosse and swim team programs being put on the chopping block at O’Fallon Township High School. According to Superintendent Darcy Benway, O’Fallon Township has been in a budget deficit eight years. She said a lot of factors on the state and local level have put the school in this position. In a presentation to the school board, Benway said if the board chooses to not do anything about […]

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    Juvenile taken into custody for attempted carjacking homicide

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police have taken into custody a 16-year-old juvenile in connection to an attempted carjacking that left a 72-year-old man dead in the Tower Grove South neighborhood. Police say the juvenile is being held at the Juvenile Courts, charged with second degree murder, 2 counts of robbery and 2 counts of armed criminal action.  The charges stem from an attempted carjacking that occurred on February 10th in the 3800 block of Juniata. The victim Kenneth […]

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    Des Peres residents wake-up to stolen cars

    DES PERES, MO (KPLR) – Several car thefts and break-in’s are under investigation in a Des Peres neighborhood Des Peres police said early Tuesday morning residents in a neighborhood near Lindeman and Manchester woke up to find their cars missing or items missing from them. Police said two cars were reported stolen and two other cars had items stolen from them. One car has been found in north St. Louis. The police believe all of the cars were left unlocked […]

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    Police hope to find owner of antique wedding dress

    NEW HAVEN, MO (KPLR) – The New Haven Police Department is trying to find the owner of a wedding dress found in a box along the side of the road. While on her routine patrol Officer Jacki Brown saw a box in the eastbound lane of Highway 100. Brown pulled over, put the box in the back of her patrol car and returned to the station. When Brown opened the box, inside was an antique wedding dress. Brown asked her […]

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    Medical cadaver bones found near scene of White Hall fire

    WHITE HALL, IL (KPLR) – A local construction company discovered human skeletal remains in the basement of a building that was set to be demolished after a fire in the White Hall business district more than a week ago. The fire broke out around 9 a.m. on January 31 in a 150-year-old building on Main Street that was being used as a home. The fire quickly jumped next door to an antique store before spreading to another smaller building. Firefighters from […]