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  • CDC Briefing to Focus on Nuclear Event PreparednessCDC Briefing to Focus on Nuclear Event Preparedness

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Centers for Disease Control wants Americans to be prepared in case of a nuclear event and will hold a briefing later today to tell us what we need to know to survive. While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, the CDC says it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. That’s the purpose of today’s briefing in Atlanta. The CDC says planning and prevention can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, the CDC says most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook

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  • Mike Shanahan dies at 78; former Blues chairman revived the franchiseMike Shanahan dies at 78; former Blues chairman revived the franchise

    Under Shanahan's leadership in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the St. Louis Blues regained their standing as a mainstream sports attraction. Shanahan's gregarious personality and daring management style made him one of the most popular executives in local sports…

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  • Energizer to acquire Spectrum Brands' battery business for $2 billionEnergizer to acquire Spectrum Brands' battery business for $2 billion

    Energizer Holdings Inc. is acquiring Spectrum Brands' battery and portable lighting business for $2 billion in cash.

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  • Energizer Holdings acquires Rayovac for $2 billionEnergizer Holdings acquires Rayovac for $2 billion

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis-based Energizer Holdings is growing substantially. Early Tuesday morning, a deal announcing its acquisition of competitor Rayovac for $2 billion shook the global battery landscape. Energizer Holdings is purchasing Rayovac batteries and other battery and lighting products from Spectrum Brands, which recently said it was looking to sell its global battery business. The deal now leaves two dominant players in the battery industry worldwide – Energizer and Duracell. “The acquisition of Spectrum Batteries represents a compelling strategic, operational, and financial fit for Energizer,” said Alan Hoskins, CEO of Energizer. “The combination will enable us to leverage Spectrum Brands’ manufacturing assets, significantly expand our international business and enhance our long-term brand building capabilities as we broaden our portfolio with the Varta and Rayovac brands and our geographies with Spectrum Batteries’ passionate global colleagues. “We have great respect for Spectrum Batteries and the strong business its colleagues have built, and are excited to bring together the talented colleagues from around the globe from both organizations to drive our business to new heights. In addition, the top-line and free cash flow growth from this acquisition, combined with the opportunity to realize meaningful synergies, will further enhance our ability to drive long-term shareholder value.” The deal between Energizer Holdings and Spectrum Brands is expected to close by the end of the year. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook

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  • Chris Higgins tracking road conditions from Storm RunnerChris Higgins tracking road conditions from Storm Runner

    ST. CHARLES, Mo. - The snow may be out of the area but temperatures dropped to dangerous lows overnight.  FOX 2'S Chris Higgins joins us from the Nissan Storm Runner with how things are looking on the roads.

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  • Biddle House, other groups helping those seeking shelterBiddle House, other groups helping those seeking shelter

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - These dangerously cold temperatures are also a cause for concern for many of the less fortunate. The Biddle House in downtown St. Louis has played a key role, taking in people during the cold winter months. The shelter relies on winter outreach groups to bring people in from the cold and on volunteers at other shelters that have recently opened their doors. FOX 2's Chris Regnier is live at our Powers Bureau with more on their efforts.

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  • Heat Up St. Louis seeks volunteers for Hardees Rise ‘N Shine fundraiserHeat Up St. Louis seeks volunteers for Hardees Rise ‘N Shine fundraiser

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. -  The 18th Annual Hardees Rise ‘N Shine for Heat event will take place on Friday, Feb. 9th. Donations and sales of Sausage Egg Biscuits and Egg Biscuits will benefit Heat Up St. Louis. Founder Gentry Trotter shares why the organization is committed to keeping Missouri and Illinois residents safe and warm this winter. Trotter is looking for volunteers. If you'd like to help prevent area residents from using unsafe heating methods during the cold winter months, sign up at heatupstlouis.org. 18th Annual Hardees Rise 'N Shine Volunteers As Celebrity Greeters Firms, Groups, First-Responders Veronica will be busy baking fresh biscuits on Feb. 9th for the Annual @heatupstl Rise ‘N Shine for Heat. All sales of Sausage Egg Biscuits and Egg Biscuits will directly benefit needy people in IL and MO. More details this morning on @FOX2now. @GentryTrotter pic.twitter.com/paq9HeaahH — Katie Kormann (@KatieKormann) January 16, 2018  

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  • Heat Up St. Louis seeks volunteers for Hardees Rise 'N Shine fundraiser - fox2now.comHeat Up St. Louis seeks volunteers for Hardees Rise 'N Shine fundraiser - fox2now.com

    Heat Up St. Louis seeks volunteers for Hardees Rise 'N Shine fundraiserfox2now.comST. LOUIS, Mo. - The 18th Annual Hardees Rise 'N Shine for Heat event will take place on Friday, Feb. 9th. Donations and sales of Sausage Egg Biscuits and Egg Biscuits will benefit Heat Up St. Louis. Founder Gentry Trotter shares why the organization ...

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  • Board might ask judge to modify ban on guns in courthouseBoard might ask judge to modify ban on guns in courthouse

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) _ The Woodbury County supervisors are scheduled Tuesday to consider asking a judge to let the public carry guns into some public areas o the county courthouse in Sioux City. The Sioux City Journal reports that the draft of a letter to Judge Duane Hoffmeyer asks him to eliminate the weapons ban in the public areas but uphold the ban for the second, third and fourth floors, which are considered court-controlled areas. Courtrooms, judge chambers, and attorney offices are situated on those floors. Hoffmeyer issued his order in August after the supervisors voted to allow guns on county property in an attempt to comply with the state’s newly expanded gun rights law. Hoffmeyer is chief judge for Iowa’s 3rd Judicial District, which includes Woodbury County and 15 other Northwest Iowa counties. ___ Information from: Sioux City Journal

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  • Illinois program helps rural students access AP classesIllinois program helps rural students access AP classes

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Students at 10 rural Illinois high schools now have access to online advanced placement classes to help them better prepare for college. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti leads the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. She says 75 students will take part in a new pilot program that will test the feasibility of expanding the online classes to students across rural Illinois. Sanguinetti says the classes can make college more affordable but access to them is “extremely limited” in rural areas. Schools participating in the program are: Kankakee, Altamont, Knoxville, Quincy, Pope County, Illini Central, Tri-Point, Orangeville, Central A&M and Georgetown-Ridge Farm high schools.

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  • Blacks killing blacks is problem African-Americans have to address, St. Louis public safety director saysBlacks killing blacks is problem African-Americans have to address, St. Louis public safety director says

    Jimmie Edwards, a former circuit judge, made his remarks during the annual downtown ceremony honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Police vehicles broken into; guns stolen from one vehiclePolice vehicles broken into; guns stolen from one vehicle

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Two St. Louis County police vehicles were broken into while parked in residential driveways, and two guns were stolen from one of the cars. According to Sgt. Shawn McGuire, a county police spokesman, the first break-in occurred Friday morning at a home in the Southcrest subdivision in south county. A county officer woke up to find his police cruiser had been broken into. The windows were busted out and two firearms were stolen between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. McGuire said the car was locked and the guns were secure, but the criminals somehow got through the vehicle’s security mechanism. A St. Louis City police officer also found their cruiser had been broken into sometime Friday morning. McGuire said it was in the driveway of that officer’s home less than a mile from the other break-in. Nothing was stolen out of that car. Police are asking for the public’s help identifying suspects in these cases. If you saw anything suspicious around the Southcrest subdivision near Lemay Ferry, you are asked to contact police.

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  • Abandoned home destroyed in house fireAbandoned home destroyed in house fire

    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Fire Department responded to a large fire at a vacant home Monday night in north city. The home was located in the 4300 block of Ashland Avenue in the Greater Ville neighborhood. A building next door was forced to evacuate as firefighters scrambled to tame the flames. St. Louis Fire Deparment - 4300blk of Ashland - 1st Alarm Fire (2) https://t.co/jC4PZQmFRp — St. Louis Fire Dept (@STLFireDept) January 16, 2018

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  • Shelters collaborate with volunteer groups to help less fortunate get out of coldShelters collaborate with volunteer groups to help less fortunate get out of cold

    ST. LOUIS – The bitter and potentially deadly cold temperatures are a reason for concern for many of the less fortunate seeking shelter. That’s why several St. Louis area services are reaching out to answer the call and serve that need. The Biddle House, located downtown on N. 13th Street, has just over 100 beds to accommodate people, including serving hot meals. Irene Agustin, the director of Human Services for City of St. Louis, said she was expecting the shelter to reach capacity Monday night but not overflow, thanks to assistance from several local volunteer shelters that have opened up their doors. “We work with St. Louis Winter Outreach and now there are some new churches like Destiny Family Church, St. Peter AME, and St. Douglas that have come up and worked together to help those that are in need this winter,” Agustin said. “Most of us are transitioning, coming here to find resources for places; we can go for apartment searching, job searching,” said Chinesa Gomillia. “This is not just a homeless hangout.” Gomillia, an expectant mother, is no longer homeless but is waiting for her apartment to be ready and for the heat to be turned on. Until then, she said she just needed a place like the Biddle House to get away from the cold that has been gripping St. Louis for the past several days and nights. “This place gave me somewhere to just ensure that me and my baby were going to be ok, out of the cold, and make sure we ate,” Gomillia said. The downtown city ran shelter has played a key role in taking in people like Gomillia during the cold winter months. But Agustin said the need during the bitter cold months goes beyond just people seeking temporary shelter. “It begs the question after winter is over, ‘How can we continue to work together as a community to figure out what those solutions are for people that are experiencing homelessness?’” she said. “It’s, ‘How do we best connect them to housing and help them get their lives back on track?’” Meanwhile, the community-wide effort to assist people in need is something Gomillia said she hopes continues until there is a permanent solution. “Most people who are watching this obviously have a TV, so that means you have cable,” she said. “So you’re in a place that’s warm, so you’re able to be comfortable, but step outside of that comfort zone and say that you’re outside in this 10 or nine-degree weather, what would you want somebody to do for you?” Agustin said there are several ways to help. You can donate to any of the area's volunteer temporary shelters, including Calvary Church, St. Peter Church AME and Destiny Family Church. The shelter also encourages anyone looking to volunteer to offer their services to the Winter Outreach Group of St. Louis. If you or you know someone who needs help with heating or heat bills, contact heatupstlouis.org.

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  • Vandals tag renovated home for sale in west St. Louis CountyVandals tag renovated home for sale in west St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – It's happened right before an open house scheduled for this weekend. "This neighborhood is top notch so to see this happen was an absolute shock," said owner Bob Camenzind. He found his house in the Old Farm neighborhood in west St. Louis County covered in graffiti Sunday morning. "Everything that was new on the house they put some paint on. All the doors on the outside, the new siding, the new cedar deck, the patio, the air conditioner, foundation," he said. Camenzind said he put around $80,000 worth of renovations into the home and now estimates this damage to run another $20,000. While Camenzind said he's disappointed this happened just as he was putting the house on the market, he wouldn't hesitate to flip another house in the community. "We canceled the open house, but the outpouring of support from the neighborhood was incredible,” he said. “People came out all day long and some people even showed up with tools, with scrub brushes, with paint thinner, to just try to help us clean up the house. They couldn't believe this happened in their neighborhood.” The owners have managed to clean up most of the front of the house, but they’re asking anyone with information to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-225-0425. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment

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  • Homers for Health honors supporters with dinner at Missouri Athletic ClubHomers for Health honors supporters with dinner at Missouri Athletic Club

    ST. LOUIS – It was a special evening Monday night for supporters of the Cardinals’ team fundraiser Homers for Health. The Missouri Athletic Club hosted a dinner to honor key supporters. Former Cardinal Matt Holliday and his wife, Leslee, shared their love for the program. “I think if anybody visited the hospital and met some of the families and kids they would want to get involved,” Matt Holliday said. Homers for Health enters its seventh year this season. It’s raised approximately $4.5 million for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Every time a Cardinal hits a home run or a pitcher strikes out an opponent, more money is raised. “There’s no greater pain than seeing your kid go through difficult times, so we can carry that pain with parents we want to because we are parents too,” Leslee Holliday said. This year the hospital renovated patient rooms that have not been remodeled in decades.

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  • Police search for suspect in shooting death of pregnant mom, unborn babyPolice search for suspect in shooting death of pregnant mom, unborn baby

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a pregnant East St. Louis woman last week. The family says Catherine Jackson was a mother of four and was expecting her fifth child, who also died. They said she had only lived in the home along N. Ninth Street for a matter of weeks before she was shot and killed. "She was trying to get her life together. She had finally found a place after being in between housing for a long time," said Chanda Meeks, the victim's sister. She said Jackson wasn't answering her phone and that's when the landlord made the heartbreaking discovery. She said Jackson was dead in the home, believed to have been dead since the day before, and her toddler was roaming around the house alone. "When we saw him, his eyes were red and I think he was just, he wasn't really talking or anything because he was probably hoarse from crying," she said. Meeks said she was caring for her sister's other three children while Catherine was in between housing. She said she is heartbroken the state took them from her after her sister's death and gave them to their biological father. "I understand that's the law but I understand we've got to look out for the best interest of these kids. They are grieving right now and really need to be with their family for support," she said. If you have information call Illinois State Police, East St. Louis Police, or St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.

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  • Parents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking TamifluParents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu

    Watch Video ALLEN, Texas – Parents of a 6-year-old in Texas say their daughter had hallucinations and tried to harm herself after taking a dose of Tamiflu, according to KTVT. The little girl took the medicine to treat the flu. Her family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by her alleged reaction to the common medication. They said she started seeing things that weren’t there, running out of school and doing at least one thing that could have resulted in serious injury. “The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom,” said her father. “She used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her.” Although rare, delusions and hallucinations are listed as side effects, and the prescribing information lists a section for neuropsychiatric events. “There have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, and in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes,” the warning reads. Those symptoms largely affected children. “It can happen,” said emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty.  “Less than one percent is what’s listed in the data sheet. I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication.” The girl’s parents are now speaking out to warn others and say they wish they had known. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects we went through,” said the girl’s father. He urges all parents to fully read the warning before giving their children Tamiflu. “Know that side effects are there for a reason,” he said. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted this about Tamiflu: “Children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness. These serious side effects may happen shortly after beginning Tamiflu or may happen in people when the flu is not treated. These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient. People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a healthcare provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu.” CNN contributed to this report.

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  • Man’s attempt to hold in sneeze leaves him with ruptured throatMan’s attempt to hold in sneeze leaves him with ruptured throat

    ENGLAND – If you are about to sneeze — even if you are in a quiet place — doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That’s according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck.” The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. According to the report, this “previously fit” man pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during a “forceful” sneeze. He later told doctors he immediately felt a popping sensation in his neck. He didn’t notice any problems right away, but a couple of hours later he felt pain in his throat and neck. When it became swollen and his voice changed, he took himself to the hospital. “This 34-year-old chap said he was always trying to hold his sneeze because he thinks it is very unhygienic to sneeze into the atmosphere or into someone’s face. That means he’s been holding his sneezes for the last 30 years or so, but this time it was different,” case report author Dr. Wanding Yang said. She works in the department of ear, nose and throat at at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The man described a “popping sensation” after he pinched his nose and held his mouth closed during the sneeze. (BMJ Case Reports) Initially, doctors saw swelling in his neck and when they examined the soft tissue they heard popping and crackling. Yang said that meant there were air bubbles getting into the man’s muscles and deep into his tissue. Scans confirmed the problem. The tests showed actual streaks of air in the retropharyngeal region and extensive surgical emphysema in the neck anterior to the trachea. In other words, by trying to hold in his sneeze, he actually blew a small hole in his throat. “Luckily, it was a very small perforation,” Yang said. “He didn’t need any operation.” When you sneeze, it’s your body’s protective reflex to get rid of an irritant that has gotten into your nose. With a sneeze, a significant amount of air pressure builds up in the lungs and forces its way through the nasal cavity to get rid of that irritant. A sneeze can propel mucous droplets at a rate of 100 miles an hour. If you hold a sneeze back, that pressurized air will need to go somewhere. In this case, it injured the tissue in the man’s throat. In past cases, doctors have also seen a stifled sneeze cause sinus problems, middle and inner ear damage, ear infections and a ruptured ear drum. The patient was given antibiotics and had to be fed through a tube, which was removed after seven days. His symptoms got better while he rested and gradually he was able to eat soft food. This kind of sneezing injury is unusual, according to the report. Doctors have seen patients with similar injuries after coughing heavily or after vomiting forcefully. “It is a rare injury that we would more likely see with trauma, like if someone were to be in a car accident or was injured with a gunshot or knife, or if they swallowed something sharp,” said Dr. Adam M. Klein, who did not see the British patient and was not involved in the study. Klein is the director of the Emory Voice Center and chief of the division of laryngology in the department of otolaryngology. Klein said if you are worried about spreading germs with your sneezes, rather than hold it in, the best thing to do to avoid injury is to let it out. If you don’t have a tissue, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, rather than onto your hand, is “a good practice.” The good news for this patient is that there was no permanent damage. Doctors did advise the man not to pinch his nose closed for future sneezes and they advise others to heed the same advice. “Halting sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver,” the report recommended. It “should be avoided, as it may lead to numerous complications.”

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  • Travelers warned of possible measles exposure at Chicago’s O’Hare airportTravelers warned of possible measles exposure at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

    CHICAGO – A passenger arriving on an international flight at Chicago's O'Hare Airport last Wednesday may have exposed some people in the airport to measles, health officials say. While they stress there is no current risk to the public, the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement that anyone inside O’Hare between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on January 10 may have been exposed to the measles virus. On January 10, a passenger on an international flight with a contagious case of the measles arrived in O'Hare's Terminal 5 and traveled through Terminal 1, possibly in addition to other areas of the airport, officials say. The passenger was diagnosed with measles after arriving in his home state. Soon afterwards, the Centers for Disease Control learned of the case and contacted passengers who sat next to the passenger during his journey. Health agencies are now working to inform others who were inside O'Hare on January 10 that they may have been exposed. "If you weren’t at O'Hare on January 10 there’s no concern, and even if you were the risk was very, very low, and even if you’ve been vaccinated it’s next to nothing,” said CDPH Chief Medial Officer Dr. Allison Arwady. Since the vaccine that protects people from measles is a standard childhood vaccine, travelers who received it as a child are generally protected. But if you have not been vaccinated or you were traveling with small children that day you should check in with your doctor, officials say. If you were exposed to measles, symptoms could come on as late as January 31, and include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. If you think you have it, do not go to the doctor’s office right away; call first so you don’t infect anyone else. The Chicago Department of Public Health says there is no current risk for travelers coming into or out of O'Hare and they do not expect an outbreak, but it's a good reminder to make sure you and your children have all your vaccinations.

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  • Missouri’s spending on early childhood education could increase, but not by much, school leaders sayMissouri’s spending on early childhood education could increase, but not by much, school leaders say

    Missouri is set to increase the amount it spends on public preschool, but education officials say even if the funds are put in the next budget, the small increase will have only a marginal impact. By hitting a benchmark for education funding during last year’s budget process, state lawmakers set off a provision that requires more funding for pre-K in the following fiscal year.

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  • St. Louis aldermen propose subpoena power for Civilian Oversight BoardSt. Louis aldermen propose subpoena power for Civilian Oversight Board

    The St. Louis Board of Aldermen may act this year to give the panel that reviews police discipline the authority to issue subpoenas. A board bill introduced last week has 13 co-sponsors and the support of Mayor Lyda Krewson, but it’s already facing opposition from the St. Louis Police Officers Association.

    St. Louis Public Radio / 9 h. 25 min. ago
  • Family asking for help in search of missing St. Louis musician last seen Friday - STLtoday.comFamily asking for help in search of missing St. Louis musician last seen Friday - STLtoday.com

    STLtoday.comFamily asking for help in search of missing St. Louis musician last seen FridaySTLtoday.comST. LOUIS • A Metro East father is asking for help in the search for his missing son, a St. Louis-based musician and keyboardist who disappeared Friday. "We're casting as wide a net as we can," John Jatcko, of Highland, said. "I just want to talk to my ...and more »

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  • Former Blues owner Mike Shanahan dies - STLtoday.comFormer Blues owner Mike Shanahan dies - STLtoday.com

    STLtoday.comFormer Blues owner Mike Shanahan diesSTLtoday.comThe cause of death has not been announced. Shanahan became general partner, chairman and governor for the Blues in 1986 when Harry Ornest sold the team and the St. Louis Arena for $31 million to a group of local investors headed by Shanahan. In 1991 ...Former Blues owner Mike Shanahan dead at 78KSDKFormer St. Louis Blues Chairman Mike Shanahan Has DiedCBS St. Louisall 54 news articles »

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  • Former St. Louis Blues Chairman Mike Shanahan Has DiedFormer St. Louis Blues Chairman Mike Shanahan Has Died

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman released the following statement regarding the passing of former Blues Chairman Mike Shanahan: Blues chairman Tom Stillman has issued a statement on the passing of former Blues chairman Mike Shanahan. https://t.co/GaG8LaAr83 #stlblues — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 16, 2018 “The St. Louis Blues organization is saddened to learn of the passing of former Blues chairman Mike Shanahan. Mr. Shanahan set a shining example of leadership both on and off the ice. He captivated Blues fans and made an immeasurable impact on the organization. He will forever be remembered for his passion for the Blues, his engaging personality, and his acquisition of Brett Hull. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Shanahan family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.” KMOX Sports analyst Mike Claiborne agrees, big acquisitions like Brett Hull and others helped set the tone for Shanahan’s tenure, also noting he was the first St. Louisan to head the team. “Mike was all St. Louis when it comes to his athletic involvement,” Claiborne said on Sports Open Line Monday night. “Boy I’ll tell you something, you think about Bill DeWitt and the template he’s laid out as far as owning the St. Louis Cardinals, you know, Mike Shanahan is in that conversation with how he saved the team, and was able to create a real image, a real pride in the hockey team and in St. Louis.” Shanahan helped form the Kiel Center Partners, which bought the team away from out of state interests and eventually helped keep the Blues in St. Louis with construction of Kiel Center — now called Scottrade Center. The Blues were in talks to move to Saskatoon. Hull, current Blues executive vice president tweeted after hearing the news, Monday: Mr. Shanahan was a very special man. I looked up to and respected Mr. Shanahan in all aspects of life. He made people better and I know I am better having known him!! God bless you and the entire Shanahan family. — Brett Hull (@HOFBlues16) January 16, 2018 Al MacInnis and Bobby Plager sent a messages as well: Mr Shanahan brought me to St Louis and I will forever be grateful to him. We have made STL our home and raised our kids here all because of his approval. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shanahan family at this time. #RIP https://t.co/LuzK5IzUY3 — Al MacInnis (@AMacInnis2) January 16, 2018 Bob Plager on Mr. Shanahan: "I am very fortunate to have been a part of the St. Louis Blues since Day 1. When I look back on all these years of the great players, great owners and great fans, one of them stands out and that's Mike Shanahan." — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 16, 2018 KMOX sports’ Mike Kelly and Claiborne also tweeted about the news. I will miss this man, Michael Shanahan Sr! Class & a Gentleman personified! When my father died in 1993, his was one of the first notes I received! He impacted the lives of SO MANY in our community! #RIPSR pic.twitter.com/3Kfkt1uKk9 — Mike Kelly (@mikekelly1120) January 16, 2018 Players have training camps, GM’s learn on the job. If owners could take a class on how to treat players, fans and media, mike Shanahan would be the Dean of that institution! It would also eliminate many of the bad owners we have today. — mike claiborne (@claibss) January 16, 2018 From 1986 to 1995, he served as General Partner, Chairman, Governor for the St. Louis Blues. Shanahan was inducted into the Missouri Sport Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a highly successful member of the St. Louis University Billikins soccer team which claimed two NCAA championships in 1959 and 1960. He was inducted into the St. Louis University Billikins Hall of Fame in 1994. He was 78-years-old. Details of his death have not yet been made public, KMOX will update this story with more information. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook

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  • Watch the ‘Inside the Academy’ specialWatch the ‘Inside the Academy’ special

    With the passing of Proposition P in St. Louis County last April, the police department received the green light to hire more than a hundred new officers. Fox 2/KPLR 11 has brought you an exclusive series of reports on the training inside the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, specifically following three recruits from Class 193. Katie Kormann followed their training for the past six months.

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  • Waterloo high school students bringing toys to Peru for service projectWaterloo high school students bringing toys to Peru for service project

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  • Funeral Details for Local Civil Rights IconFuneral Details for Local Civil Rights Icon

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  • Area superintendents watching forecasts to decide on school closuresArea superintendents watching forecasts to decide on school closures

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. – When is it too cold for school? With the forecast calling for wind chills below zero Tuesday morning, school districts will have a tough call to make. Officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation’s management center said roads were in good shape after crews treated and plowed the highways, adding that roads shouldn’t be a problem Tuesday. However, a lot of parents voiced concern about sending their children out into the cold that morning. Many St. Louis area school districts will have their buses plugged into heaters to warm up the engines overnight so they will start in the morning. But when is it too cold to keep schools open? District superintendents make their decisions on a case-by-case basis, usually assessing factors including temperatures, wind chill, and road conditions. Superintendents have to balance their desire to have children in school and their desire to keep children safe, and how long some students who take buses may have to wait outside. Rockwood School Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost said while temperatures are very cold, he does not expect the weather to result in the closure of school on Tuesday. The district released the following statement Monday afternoon: “We want to assure our families that we are prepared and our schools and buses are warm, safe and dry, sufficient clothing and protection, along with limiting time outdoors, will adequately protect against these conditions.” The Parkway School District referred Fox 2/KPLR11 to a statement from Superintendent Dr. Keith Marty released earlier this year: “Parkway utilizes the National Weather Service's wind chill chart as a guide when determining whether to close school or reduce recess time due to cold temperatures. Any time the temperature or wind chill temperature reaches the point at which exposed skin could experience frostbite, we consider closing school. We also keep students inside or reduce time outside for recess based on the temperatures throughout the day.”

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  • Despite cold and snow, Martin Luther King, Jr. march and rally held DowntownDespite cold and snow, Martin Luther King, Jr. march and rally held Downtown

    ST. LOUIS, MO - On Monday, the nation paused to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights icon would have been 89-years-old, if alive today. Dr. King Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January and, this year, it falls on his actual birthday, January 15th. In commemoration, the 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march and rally was held Monday in Downtown St. Louis. Despite the frigid temperatures, community leaders and citizens came out to support Dr. King’s life and message. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, “He wasn’t worried about being popular. He wanted to move the needle, wanted equality. He preached peace and non-violence.” Before the march, several city and state leaders spoke inside the Old Courthouse. The overall message: don't stop striving for change regardless of what is happening. Redditt Hudson, the Vice President of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, says, “Coast to coast, he was despised for his activism and equal rights message, human rights, civil rights. We need to maintain our courage and commitment.” Hudson also states it’s important to remember that Dr. King’s non-violence message was not one of non-action. St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed says the march is about solidarity and unity. “On this day you have off, make it a day on. A day to recommit yourself and begin to work for change.” This day also marks a moment for us all to pause and think about bettering our communities. McCaskill adds, “The fact we've had people marching with tiki-torches, claiming white supremacy with no masks is a setback.”

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That’s because the IRS has updated the calculation tables, but not the Form W-4. “We’ve done the best we can in the short term to come up with tables that accurately reflect the tax liability of individual taxpayers. Going forward, in order to be more precise, we’re going to need a new system,” said a senior IRS official on a call with reporters last week. A new Form W-4 won’t be ready for the 2018 tax year. The new calculations were made to work with the existing form, but the form factors in some deductions and credits that no longer exist or have been changed under the new law. For most people, the amount withheld throughout the year is usually more than your actual tax bill — which means you get a refund after your file your tax return. If not enough is withheld, you end up owing money to Uncle Sam. Generally, you want to get as close as possible to breaking even. The new tables may result in under-withholding for some employees. Those who claim a large number of allowances based on their number of dependents, or on itemized deductions that no longer exist, or are limited by the new law, have the most reason to re-examine their withholding status, said Mike O’Toole, the Senior Director of Publications, Education, and Government Relations at American Payroll Association. The group’s members represent 17,000 employers. But the changes could also result in over-withholding. The good news is the withholdings are within your control. You can always update your Form W-4 to change the amount that’s withheld from your paycheck. Here’s what you can expect. When will I see a change in my paycheck? The IRS has encouraged employers to start using the new withholding tables by February 15, but it may take your employer longer to make the change. “I can’t say that this particular change is appreciably more difficult than in other years. But what will be different is the time pressure and the pressure from employees, who are going to be more sensitive to this,” said Jonathan Zimmerman, a partner at Morgan Lewis, who helps employers with benefit plans and payroll matters. Don’t expect your employer to advise you on whether you should change your allowances on the W-4, though. Employers should explain the uniqueness of the situation to workers, communicate when the new rates will be implemented, and then suggest consulting with a tax adviser, according to Mike Boro, a partner at the accounting firm PwC. How can I make sure my pay is accurate? Wait for your first paycheck that accounts for the new withholding tables before making any changes, said Barbara O’Neill, a CFP and a financial management specialist at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Then, you can estimate what you think it should be and adjust accordingly. IRS officials said the agency will be publishing a new online calculator by the end of February that can help you decide how to adjust your allowances based on information you provide regarding your income level and number of children under the age of 17. But you can also try to estimate your 2018 tax liability yourself. Then divide that amount by however many paychecks you’ll receive this year. “If the math is close, hang tight,” O’Neill said. If the math is way off, that’s when you’ll want to make a change to your Form W-4. You can make a change to the number of allowances you’ve selected, or you can simply change your allowances to zero and write in how much you want withheld exactly, O’Neill said. The changes don’t need to be made immediately. O’Neill always recommends taking a look mid-year. By then you’ll know if you are receiving a raise or if you’ll have additional income coming in during the year. What happens if my withholding is still off? If too much is withheld, you’ll simply get a bigger refund check after filing your 2018 taxes. This amounts to an “interest-free loan” to the government until then, and could tighten your cash flow, said CFP Jim Guarino. If too little is withheld, you could owe money after filing and possibly face a tax penalty if the balance is $1,000 or more, Guarino said. Generally, you can avoid paying the penalty in this case if you paid at least 90% of what you owe or at least as much as you owed during the previous tax year. Katie Lobosco, CNN Money

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  • Gov. Greitens Delays Tax Policy TourGov. Greitens Delays Tax Policy Tour

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  • Freeman Hrabowski to give MLK speech at UMSL observanceFreeman Hrabowski to give MLK speech at UMSL observance

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