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11 pm news

Executions, new death sentences continue to fall

2014-12-17 23:01:00 BND.com

Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.

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10 pm news



Alleged drunk driver hits Festus home, misses family inside

2014-12-17 22:38:07 kmov.com
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Ellisville council approves plan for villa complex

2014-12-17 22:38:00 STLToday.com
Amber Trails is to be built on 11.75 acres at 266 Old State Road. Read Full Story ...

Police release photos to aid search for adult store robbers

2014-12-17 22:36:51 kmov.com
An adult toy store was the scene of a violent robbery and police are looking for help to identify the suspects. Read Full Story ...

Rolling Ruble

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2014-12-17 22:15:02 CagleCartoons

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9 pm news



City proposes way to pay for possible increase in police officers

2014-12-17 21:24:18 kmov.com
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8 pm news



Officer saves man's life on the side of I-70

2014-12-17 20:53:27 kmov.com
A St. Peter's man that lost consciousness Monday en route to a doctor appointment owes his life to a police officer that just happened to be patrolling the area. Read Full Story ...

Three arrested after chase in Alton

2014-12-17 20:35:02 kmov.com
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Man riding scooter killed in south St. Louis crash

2014-12-17 20:25:00 STLToday.com
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Person dies after scooter, car collide in south St. Louis

2014-12-17 20:23:24 kmov.com
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Ruble Rubble

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2014-12-17 20:11:35 CagleCartoons

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Witness 40 in Michael Brown case raises questions about grand jury proceedings

2014-12-17 20:00:00 STLToday.com
Woman's identity revealed this week, but she stands by her story. Read Full Story ...

7 pm news



New Cuba Policy

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2014-12-17 19:40:22 CagleCartoons

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Assistant U.S. attorney here chosen as U.S. magistrate judge

2014-12-17 19:35:00 STLToday.com
John M. Bodenhausen was picked by federal district judges to succeed the retiring Terry Adelman in April. Read Full Story ...

Father's OK needed for abortions in Missouri bill

2014-12-17 19:05:32 kmov.com
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Hollywood unmasked

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2014-12-17 19:03:19 CagleCartoons

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6 pm news



Person critically injured after accident in south St. Louis

2014-12-17 18:55:24 kmov.com
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St. Louis County man charged with bank fraud in alleged scam of elderly woman

2014-12-17 18:45:00 STLToday.com
Federal charge accuses Mark Kistler, 46, of St. Louis County, of taking more than $200,000 from the woman. Read Full Story ...

Officer saves man's life on the side of the highway

2014-12-17 18:36:17 kmov.com
A St. Peter's man that lost consciousness Monday en route to a doctor appointment owes his life to a police officer that just happened to be patrolling the area. Read Full Story ...

Cuba Policy

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2014-12-17 18:19:25 CagleCartoons

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Caseyville residents question large tax increase: 'Why not start off with one percent?'

2014-12-17 18:07:52 kmov.com
Caseyville homeowners will soon see a 17.5 percent raise in their property taxes. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis among top cities for STDs

2014-12-17 18:01:04 kmov.com
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5 pm news



St. Francois County pair charged in death of infant

2014-12-17 17:56:00 STLToday.com
The foster child had been placed in their care on Oct. 31. She died Dec. 7. Read Full Story ...

Grumpy Fat Cats

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2014-12-17 17:47:52 CagleCartoons

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NY Fracking Ban

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2014-12-17 17:33:50 CagleCartoons

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APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

2014-12-17 17:33:00 BND.com

A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging…

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Wentzville GM Plant receives $13 million investment

2014-12-17 17:31:02 kmov.com
The Wentzville GM Plant received a $13 million investment that will go to making seats for the Chevy Canyon and Chevy Colorado. Read Full Story ...

Bad Dog Bar & Grill closing on New Year's Eve

2014-12-17 17:25:00 STLToday.com
Low-key gay bar Bad Dog Bar & Grill, 3960 Chouteau, is officially closing, as rumors have suggested for the past week. Read Full Story ...

Big Lots announces closure of Ferguson store, says unrest not a factor

2014-12-17 17:21:40 kmov.com
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Protest leads to closing of St. Louis City Hall

2014-12-17 17:17:17 kmov.com
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Bud Weisser charged with break-in at Lemay convenience store

2014-12-17 17:08:00 STLToday.com
Court documents don't say whether he took anything. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis disputes STD rankings from CDC

2014-12-17 17:00:00 STLToday.com
Figures look higher because city is measured as stand-alone county, health department says. Read Full Story ...

4 pm news



$300 million Great Lakes bill stalls in Senate

2014-12-17 16:55:00 BND.com

A bill that would have continued a Great Lakes environmental cleanup program for five more years has stalled in Congress.

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Durbin: US, Cuba diplomatic ties 'long overdue'

2014-12-17 16:55:00 BND.com

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba was long overdue.

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Multiple car burglarized overnight in Troy

2014-12-17 16:54:55 kmov.com
Troy, Il. police are putting out an alert Wednesday after several car burglaries occured overnight in two subdivisions. Read Full Story ...

Video game developer to open studio in New Orleans

2014-12-17 16:54:00 BND.com

Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a video game developer plans on opening a studio in New Orleans that will employ 80 people.

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Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests

2014-12-17 16:52:03 kmov.com
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Missouri bill pursue consent in abortion cases

2014-12-17 16:51:00 BND.com

A Missouri Republican is proposing that women be required to get notarized permission from the father to receive an abortion.

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Central Illinois man convicted in double murder

2014-12-17 16:49:00 BND.com

Jurors have found a 30-year-old central Illinois man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his second cousin and the cousin's wife in an execution-style shooting.

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No charges against St. Louis burglary suspect held at gunpoint until police arrive

2014-12-17 16:30:00 STLToday.com
It happened at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4700 block of Dahlia Avenue.  Read Full Story ...

Ritz-Carlton hotel in Clayton failed to prevent sexual assault, suit claims

2014-12-17 16:30:00 STLToday.com
Kirkwood woman, 45, claims the hotel's security was lax. Read Full Story ...

Frontenac to poll residents on city issues

2014-12-17 16:25:00 STLToday.com
Residents will ask about city services, taxation and fees, new projects and other issues. Read Full Story ...

LOCAL OH Lame Duck

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2014-12-17 16:21:14 CagleCartoons

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Ballon flight

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2014-12-17 16:15:13 CagleCartoons

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3 pm news



Accident closes lanes of I-70 near airport

2014-12-17 15:58:20 kmov.com
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Laclede Gas warns of scams aimed at customers

2014-12-17 15:48:25 kmov.com
Laclede Gas is warning customers about the danger of scammers during the winter time. Read Full Story ...

City officials pledge $9.4 million for more cops

2014-12-17 15:48:00 STLToday.com
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St. Louis officials pledge $9.4 million for more cops

2014-12-17 15:48:00 STLToday.com
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Kellett to replace Kerr on 'Great Day St. Louis'

2014-12-17 15:45:00 STLToday.com
Kerr leaving at end of week; Kellett starts Jan. 5 Read Full Story ...

U. of Illinois to sexual assault group starts work

2014-12-17 15:25:00 BND.com

A University of Illinois task force on sexual assault met for the first time Wednesday and plans to survey the school's three campuses to assess the situation at each, a…

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Lambert Airport adds art

2014-12-17 15:23:00 theintelligencer.com
Turning what was once considered just a craft into amazing visual pieces, Missouri fiber artists are pushing their creativity for mainstream audiences with a new exhibition, 3D Fiber Explorations, at Read Full Story ...

Jeb Bush

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2014-12-17 15:19:20 CagleCartoons

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2 pm news



Koster to announce action on several St. Louis County municipalities Thursday

2014-12-17 14:45:00 STLToday.com
JEFFERSON CITY ? Attorney General Chris Koster will be making an announcement Thursday related to St. Louis County municipalities -- but what he will say is unclear. Read Full Story ...

Missouri AG Chris Koster to announce action on several St. Louis County municipalities

2014-12-17 14:45:00 STLToday.com
Koster says he will "announce action he is taking related to several St. Louis County municipalities."  Read Full Story ...

Religion of Peace

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2014-12-17 14:36:55 CagleCartoons

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Verizon Wireless Amphitheater gets new name

2014-12-17 14:20:40 kmov.com
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Missouri's education department has a new leader

2014-12-17 14:19:13 kmov.com
A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. Read Full Story ...

Committee mulls possible zoning change

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2014-12-17 14:10:00 theintelligencer.com
Due to the possible impact the rezoning of 333 South Main could have on surrounding neighborhoods, an ordinance that would change the zoning will be headed to the Edwardsville City Council without a r Read Full Story ...

Woman holds burglary suspect at gunpoint

2014-12-17 14:08:13 kmov.com
A burglary suspect is jailed after being held at gunpoint by a woman until police arrived at the St. Louis home where the break-in occurred. Read Full Story ...

Woman asleep at the wheel charged

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2014-12-17 14:05:00 theintelligencer.com
A Texas woman is facing drug charges after she was found slumped over the steering of her car in a local cemetery. Read Full Story ...

1 pm news



Report: Radium above federal guidelines in groundwater near West Lake

2014-12-17 13:51:00 STLToday.com
U.S. Geological Survey report cautions that it can't conclude the radioactive contamination in the landfill is the culprit.  Read Full Story ...

Radium above federal guidelines in groundwater near West Lake

2014-12-17 13:51:00 STLToday.com
U.S. Geological Survey report cautions that it can't conclude the radioactive contamination in the landfill is the culprit.  Read Full Story ...

Illinois reminds businesses: income tax rollback starts Jan. 1

2014-12-17 13:48:00 STLToday.com
The temporary rate of 5 percent will roll back to 3.75 percent.  Read Full Story ...

Pakastani Massacre

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2014-12-17 13:06:53 CagleCartoons

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Althoff’s Silvestri is the BND Small-School Football Defensive Player of the Year

2014-12-17 13:06:00 BND.com

With a father, grandfather and great-grandfather that were all pilots in the Air Force, Bret Silvestri is well aware of his family?s heritage.

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Santa pays early visit to Holiday Shores

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2014-12-17 13:05:00 theintelligencer.com
Santa and his elves were greeted by dozens of children when he made his grand entrance into the Holiday Shores Clubhouse at the Breakfast with Santa event held Dec 6.    Read Full Story ...

Nixon will let Ferguson-related state of emergency expire

2014-12-17 13:04:00 STLToday.com
JEFFERSON CITY ? Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday he will let expire the state of emergency declared in November ahead of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. Read Full Story ...

Protesters march from St. Louis police headquarters to City Hall

2014-12-17 13:02:00 STLToday.com
They say protest leaders have been targeted by police. Read Full Story ...

Illinois comptroller Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial

2014-12-17 13:00:00 STLToday.com
The Illinois comptroller died last week after complications from a stroke.  Read Full Story ...

Minimum wage in Missouri rises to $7.65 starting Jan. 1

2014-12-17 13:00:00 STLToday.com
To match the buying power of the minimum wage in 1968, it should be $10.69 today. Read Full Story ...

Retired SIUE professor pens book on Africa

2014-12-17 13:00:00 theintelligencer.com
Should you some day find yourself in the unenviable position of being stuck in the middle of an African desert, you might take comfort in the fact that ice-cold bottles of Coca-Colas are available in Read Full Story ...

Missouri minimum wage rises to $7.65 starting Jan. 1

2014-12-17 13:00:00 STLToday.com
To match the buying power of the minimum wage in 1968, it should be $10.69 today. Read Full Story ...

12 pm news



Trial set for Waukegan mother accused of murder

2014-12-17 12:50:00 BND.com

A trial has been set in March for a Waukegan mother accused of killing her 11-year-old daughter.

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Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC 70 years ago

2014-12-17 12:48:00 STLToday.com
The teenager was arrested, convicted and executed in a three-month span -- in a one-day trial and without an appeal.  Read Full Story ...

CUBA

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2014-12-17 12:41:57 CagleCartoons

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2014 BND Small-School All-Area Football Team

2014-12-17 12:21:00 BND.com

Columbia senior quarterback Jacob Hill was voted Belleville News-Democrat Offensive Player of the Year by area coaches, who also selected Althoff senior linebacker Bret Silvestri as Defensive Player of the…

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Verizon Wireless Amphitheater gets a new name

2014-12-17 12:17:00 STLToday.com
A new sponsorship deal means the venue now will be called Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Read Full Story ...

Region prepares for the return of the eagles

2014-12-17 12:15:00 theintelligencer.com
All eyes are on the sky as the Alton region prepares for the annual winter migration of the American Bald Eagle. Every January, experts anticipate as many as 1,000 bald eagles will migrate to the area Read Full Story ...

NIU offering live video stream of dorm demolition

2014-12-17 12:15:00 BND.com

Northern Illinois University is offering a live video feed of the ongoing demolition of a 51-year-old residence hall.

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LCCC students build chairs for raffle

2014-12-17 12:10:00 theintelligencer.com
Two of Lewis and Clark Community College?s YouthBuild students, James Allensworth, 21, of Godfrey, and Trevonte Caldwell, 18, of Alton, practiced detailed woodworking when they built two child-size ro Read Full Story ...

Lincoln Museum to mark 10th anniversary

2014-12-17 12:05:00 theintelligencer.com
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will mark its 10th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Lincoln?s death with a slate of activities to educate and entertain people of all ages o Read Full Story ...

Missouri?s education department has a new leader

2014-12-17 12:03:26 kmov.com
A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. Read Full Story ...

Seek to balance risk tolerance, required risk

2014-12-17 12:00:00 theintelligencer.com
Like everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest ? and when you invest, you?ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and th Read Full Story ...

11 am news



Matheny picks No. 26 to honor a friend

2014-12-17 11:59:00 STLToday.com
As Cardinals' number changes continue, manager inspired to select number that's a tribute to a family's loved one. Rosenthal shifts to No. 44. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis woman holds burglary suspect at gunpoint until police arrive

2014-12-17 11:48:00 STLToday.com
It happened at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4700 block of Dahlia Avenue.  Read Full Story ...

Woman holds St. Louis burglary suspect at gunpoint until police arrive

2014-12-17 11:48:00 STLToday.com
It happened at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4700 block of Dahlia Avenue.  Read Full Story ...

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

2014-12-17 11:30:00 STLToday.com
"Isolation has not worked," the president said in calling for the new relationship.  Read Full Story ...

Obama: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba

2014-12-17 11:30:00 STLToday.com
"Isolation has not worked," the president said in calling for the new relationship.  Read Full Story ...

Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles

2014-12-17 11:26:00 BND.com

A company storing petroleum coke on Chicago's southeast side says it plans to build a huge structure to contain the grainy black piles and keep them from blowing around.

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Christmas Season

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2014-12-17 11:21:34 CagleCartoons

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Execution set for man who killed woman during burglary

2014-12-17 11:21:11 kmov.com
An execution date of Jan. 28 has been set for a man who fatally stabbed a St. Louis County woman during a 1998 burglary. Read Full Story ...

SIUE Research Launching into Deep Orbit Aboard NASA Rocket

2014-12-17 11:16:46 SIUE.edu

Darron Luesse NASA launchIt?s the ultimate location for a ?no-gravity control? experiment?space. When NASA launches its SpaceX Dragon rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Friday, Dec. 19, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville research project will be on board, traveling to the International Space Station.

The launch marks the end of the first of a two-year, nearly $400,000 NASA grant to Ohio University and SIUE. Darron Luesse, associate professor of biological sciences within the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, is working in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Wyatt, OU professor of molecular biology/genomics. SIUE masters student Sarah Hutchinson has also played an integral role in the research. Additional SIUE undergraduate students will be involved in analyzing and confirming the data from the experiment.

The research focuses on how plants sense gravity, and how they respond to growing in its absence. It will observe the plants? response on a cellular level by examining which proteins they choose to produce in space, compared to plants on Earth. It?s an analysis never before conducted on space-grown samples.

?I want to know how plants sense the environment around them, and then I want to know what they do with that information to change how they grow,? said Luesse.

?This is a unique opportunity for SIUE to participate in a NASA-funded study of the effects of gravity on plant growth, development and physiological processes,? said Jerry Weinberg, dean of the Graduate School. ?It raises SIUE?s profile as an institution that can study plant protein expression in the most extreme environments, including space flight.?

Space offers two problematic elements this research will work to evaluate. First, plants don?t have gravity as a signal, which they use constantly on Earth to direct growth direction and the angle of their branches. Second, gases do not move around the same way they do on Earth due to that lack of gravity. This causes some parts of the plant to become starved of oxygen.

?From a plant?s point of view, gravity is a critical piece of information about where it is in the world?light is usually up, and water and nutrients are usually down?but a plant in space is missing that sense,? explained Luesse. ?They don?t do as well in this environment. We want to learn specifically why this happens, so that we can potentially address, through genetic engineering or growth practices, how to grow healthier plants in space.?

Luesse will travel to Florida to work with NASA engineers during the integration process as they prepare the research for flight. Approximately 18,000 plant seeds will be aboard the rocket.

The plant being studied is Arabidopsis thaliana. It is ?the number one model organism for plants.? Each seed is about the size of a grain of sand. A pre-weighed amount of seeds will fill individual petri dishes. Those petri dishes will be secured within a Biological Research in Canisters (BRIC) module and stored in a refrigerator.

?When the seeds arrive at the Space Station, transfer to room temperature will induce germination. The crew will add some fixative after they?ve grown for about three days, essentially freezing them in time,? Luesse continued. ?Then the plants will be placed in a freezer and remain there until they are brought back to Earth.?

While the seeds are growing at the International Space Station, identical control plants will be grown on Earth. Upon their scheduled return at the end of January, protein will be extracted from both sets of plants and sent for proteomic sequencing.

Luesse said the differences between the ground and space flight samples will provide information regarding which proteins plants make more of in space and which ones they stop producing. Data collected will identify candidates for further study and prove beneficial for both long-term space travel and agricultural output on Earth.

?Anytime we?re going to have a manned space flight in deep space, this could be to Mars, it could be farther, any prolonged space flight is going to require living plants both for food and oxygen production,? Luesse explained.

We also hope to have Earth-based benefits as well. If plants can grow up instead of out, we can fit more in the same area without them crowding. So anytime we can learn how plants use gravity to influence their architecture we could use that information to help agriculture and overall output.?

NASA?s SpaceX Dragon rocket is scheduled to launch Friday from the Kennedy Space Center at 1:20 p.m. EST. The rocket is scheduled to return from the International Space Station at the end of January.

Photo: Dr. Darron Luesse, associate professor of biological sciences.

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SIUE Research Launching into Orbit Aboard NASA Rocket

2014-12-17 11:16:46 SIUE.edu

Darron Luesse NASA launchIt?s the ultimate location for a ?no-gravity control? experiment?space. When NASA launches its SpaceX Dragon rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville research project will be on board, traveling to the International Space Station.

The launch marks the end of the first of a two-year, nearly $400,000 NASA grant to Ohio University and SIUE. Darron Luesse, associate professor of biological sciences within the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, is working in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Wyatt, OU professor of molecular biology/genomics. SIUE masters student Sarah Hutchinson has also played an integral role in the research. Additional SIUE undergraduate students will be involved in analyzing and confirming the data from the experiment.

The research focuses on how plants sense gravity, and how they respond to growing in its absence. It will observe the plants? response on a cellular level by examining which proteins they choose to produce in space, compared to plants on Earth. It?s an analysis never before conducted on space-grown samples.

?I want to know how plants sense the environment around them, and then I want to know what they do with that information to change how they grow,? said Luesse.

?This is a unique opportunity for SIUE to participate in a NASA-funded study of the effects of gravity on plant growth, development and physiological processes,? said Jerry Weinberg, dean of the Graduate School. ?It raises SIUE?s profile as an institution that can study plant protein expression in the most extreme environments, including space flight.?

Space offers two problematic elements this research will work to evaluate. First, plants don?t have gravity as a signal, which they use constantly on Earth to direct growth direction and the angle of their branches. Second, gases do not move around the same way they do on Earth due to that lack of gravity. This causes some parts of the plant to become starved of oxygen.

?From a plant?s point of view, gravity is a critical piece of information about where it is in the world?light is usually up, and water and nutrients are usually down?but a plant in space is missing that sense,? explained Luesse. ?They don?t do as well in this environment. We want to learn specifically why this happens, so that we can potentially address, through genetic engineering or growth practices, how to grow healthier plants in space.?

Luesse will travel to Florida to work with NASA engineers during the integration process as they prepare the research for flight. Approximately 18,000 plant seeds will be aboard the rocket.

The plant being studied is Arabidopsis thaliana. It is ?the number one model organism for plants.? Each seed is about the size of a grain of sand. A pre-weighed amount of seeds will fill individual petri dishes. Those petri dishes will be secured within a Biological Research in Canisters (BRIC) module and stored in a refrigerator.

?When the seeds arrive at the Space Station, transfer to room temperature will induce germination. The crew will add some fixative after they?ve grown for about three days, essentially freezing them in time,? Luesse continued. ?Then the plants will be placed in a freezer and remain there until they are brought back to Earth.?

While the seeds are growing at the International Space Station, identical control plants will be grown on Earth. Upon their scheduled return at the end of January, protein will be extracted from both sets of plants and sent for proteomic sequencing.

Luesse said the differences between the ground and space flight samples will provide information regarding which proteins plants make more of in space and which ones they stop producing. Data collected will identify candidates for further study and prove beneficial for both long-term space travel and agricultural output on Earth.

?Anytime we?re going to have a manned space flight in deep space, this could be to Mars, it could be farther, any prolonged space flight is going to require living plants both for food and oxygen production,? Luesse explained.

We also hope to have Earth-based benefits as well. If plants can grow up instead of out, we can fit more in the same area without them crowding. So anytime we can learn how plants use gravity to influence their architecture we could use that information to help agriculture and overall output.?

NASA?s SpaceX Dragon rocket is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Jan. 6, from the Kennedy Space Center. The rocket is scheduled to return from the International Space Station at the end of January.

Photo: Dr. Darron Luesse, associate professor of biological sciences.

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Nature center planned for Missouri fish hatchery

2014-12-17 11:05:00 BND.com

State officials have approved a nearly $1.2 million contract to design a new nature center to replace the small visitor's center at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

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Execution date set for man who fatally stabbed former Post-Dispatch reporter

2014-12-17 11:02:00 STLToday.com
Marcellus Williams, 45, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the state prison in Bonne Terre on Jan. 28. Read Full Story ...

Prosecutor seeks change of venue in building crash

2014-12-17 11:02:00 BND.com

A central Missouri prosecutor facing five felony charges after crashing his car into a popular downtown Columbia restaurant is seeking a change of venue to move the case from Boone…

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St. Louis officials critical of STD report

2014-12-17 11:02:00 BND.com

St. Louis health officials say a report listing St. Louis as the top city for one sexually transmitted disease and second for another is "meaningless."

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10 am news



Margaret Vandeven named Missouri's next education commissioner

2014-12-17 10:56:00 STLToday.com
JEFFERSON CITY ? Margaret Vandeven, a high-ranking official at the Missouri Department of Education, will become the state's top education chief on Jan. 1.Vandeven will be succeeding Chris Nic… Read Full Story ...

Mizzou's Ray earns consensus All-American honors

2014-12-17 10:40:00 STLToday.com
Update: Sporting News, AFCA name defensive end first-team All-American.  Read Full Story ...

U of Illinois trustee Pam Strobel resigns

2014-12-17 10:30:00 BND.com

A member of the University of Illinois board of trustees who led the school through two presidential searches says she is resigning.

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U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

2014-12-17 10:30:00 STLToday.com
The announcement comes amid a series of new confidence-building measures between the longtime foes Read Full Story ...

Missouri sheriff in high-profile cases to retire

2014-12-17 10:10:00 BND.com

A veteran eastern Missouri sheriff who has led several high-profile investigations is retiring at the end of his current term.

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Auditor finds few faults with Missouri ag agency

2014-12-17 10:04:00 BND.com

A new audit faults the Missouri Department of Agriculture for failing to inspect some grain and petroleum devices and giving sizable pay raises to several employees.

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'A Christmas Story' shines in dance

2014-12-17 10:00:00 STLToday.com
Jean Shepherd's holiday stories turn into a musical.  Read Full Story ...

9 am news



Washington U. gets $30 M for Alzheimer?s studies

2014-12-17 09:51:41 kmov.com
Federal funds will provide $30 million for Alzheimer?s disease research at Washington University in St. Louis over the next five years. Read Full Story ...

Rule change to allow Western Governors University students in-state aid withdrawn

2014-12-17 09:35:00 STLToday.com
JEFFERSON CITY ? Missouri's Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change that would allow Western Governors University students to receive some in-state financial aid. Read Full Story ...

Missouri woman charged with starving infant son

2014-12-17 09:30:00 STLToday.com
The 7-month-old boy died Saturday; prosecutors say he died of malnutrition and neglect.  Read Full Story ...

US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

2014-12-17 09:14:00 STLToday.com
WASHINGTON  ?   The United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, … Read Full Story ...

Cicero landlord gets life in fire that killed 7

2014-12-17 09:00:00 BND.com

A Cicero landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of seven people during a Valentine's Day 2010 apartment fire that prosecutors say was set for insurance…

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Cheney and torture

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2014-12-17 08:57:29 CagleCartoons

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Join the Road Crew's last chat of the year

2014-12-17 08:54:00 STLToday.com
The Road Crew tackles your questions on Wednesday at 1 p.m.  Read Full Story ...

Judge taking senior status on 8th Circuit

2014-12-17 08:50:00 BND.com

A judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will assume senior status next spring.

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EXCHANGE: Santas get into holiday spirit

2014-12-17 08:44:00 BND.com

Santa Claus has long been known as the fulfiller of dreams, for kids from 1 to 92. But sometimes, just getting to play the North Pole's head honcho can be…

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Bedtime Stories

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2014-12-17 08:35:08 CagleCartoons

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You'll know the calories in that margarita by next year

2014-12-17 08:30:00 STLToday.com
By next November, federal regulations will mean chain restaurants will have to list the calorie count in alcoholic drinks.  Read Full Story ...

Alton police probe body found in abandoned home

2014-12-17 08:29:00 BND.com

Police in the Mississippi River city of Alton hope an autopsy on a body found in an abandoned home's basement offers clues to how the person died.

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Photos: Putting the gleam back on Missouri History Museum's library

2014-12-17 08:14:00 STLToday.com
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AP: Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross

2014-12-17 08:07:00 STLToday.com
Gross was detained in December 2009 while working to set up Internet access as a subcontractor for the U.S. government's U.S. Agency for International Development. Read Full Story ...

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Missouri woman charged with starving child

2014-12-17 07:59:00 BND.com

A northwest Missouri woman accused of letting her 7-month-old son starve to death made her first appearance in Buchanan County Court, where a judge declined to reduce her bail.

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Memorial service scheduled for Topinka in suburban Chicago

2014-12-17 07:47:27 kmov.com
Some of the state's top elected leaders and former office holders are expected to speak at a memorial service for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read Full Story ...

2nd lawsuit pending after Rockford police shooting

2014-12-17 07:44:00 BND.com

The city of Rockford has settled one lawsuit after the police shooting death of an unarmed black man in 2009 but a second lawsuit is still pending.

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Two vehicle accident blocking lanes of Interstate 270 in Town and Country

2014-12-17 07:36:29 kmov.com
A two vehicle accident has blocked lanes of northbound Interstate 270 in Town and Country. Read Full Story ...

Once again, Missouri lawmakers poised to load up on ballot questions

2014-12-17 07:30:00 STLToday.com
Legal marijuana, voter i.d. among the proposed questions. Read Full Story ...

Authorities ID woman struck, killed on I-44

2014-12-17 07:29:00 BND.com

The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to seek answers after a woman was struck and killed on Interstate 44 near the eastern Missouri town of St. Clair.

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Missouri man sentenced to 40 years for child porn

2014-12-17 07:19:00 BND.com

A 32-year-old Missouri man will serve 40 years in federal prison without parole for using four children as part of a nationwide child pornography ring.

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Students caught with guns at 2 St. Louis Co. schools

2014-12-17 07:14:00 BND.com

Authorities in two areas of St. Louis County are investigating after students were caught with loaded guns at two different schools.

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KC councilman's case to have special prosecutor

2014-12-17 07:09:00 BND.com

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker is seeking a special prosecutor for an investigation into allegations that Kansas City Councilman Michael Brooks choked an aide.

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Dog parks in the works for downtown Kansas City

2014-12-17 07:04:00 BND.com

Canine inhabitants of downtown Kansas City will have a new place to exercise next year.

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6 am news



shrinking rouble

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2014-12-17 06:19:10 CagleCartoons

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Man gets 20 years in Granite City home invasion

2014-12-17 06:14:00 BND.com

A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting his role in pummeling a man with a hammer and metal bar during a home invasion.

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Body of paddleboarder found off Sanibel Island

2014-12-17 06:04:00 BND.com

The body of a missing 19-year-old paddleboarder has been found in southwest Florida.

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Police: Intoxicated Illinois parents smother baby

2014-12-17 06:04:00 BND.com

Authorities have charged two Swansea parents who they say rolled on and killed their newborn baby while asleep in bed.

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State of emergency scheduled to end Wednesday

2014-12-17 06:01:30 kmov.com
The State of Emergency Gov. Nixon put in place in November is scheduled to come to an end Wednesday. Read Full Story ...

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Expect light snow to fall during Thursday's morning rush hour

2014-12-17 05:57:00 STLToday.com
Temperatures will be just below freezing. Read Full Story ...

Two armed robberies reported minutes apart in North County

2014-12-17 05:40:03 kmov.com
Authorities are investigating after two armed robberies occurred 30 minutes apart in North County early Wednesday morning. Read Full Story ...

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2014-12-17 05:02:21 CagleCartoons

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EXCHANGE: Woman warns of drunken driving dangers

2014-12-17 04:04:00 BND.com

Jody Bogue has the perfect spot in her house to do what she loves.

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Washington U. gets $30 M for Alzheimer's studies

2014-12-17 04:04:00 BND.com

Federal funds will provide $30 million for Alzheimer's disease research at Washington University in St. Louis over the next five years.

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Missouri proposes health care for eating disorders

2014-12-17 04:04:00 BND.com

Health care plans would have to cover eating disorder treatments under proposed Missouri legislation.

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3 am news



climate conference

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2014-12-17 03:22:40 CagleCartoons

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Official: Family recovering after Missouri crash

2014-12-17 03:19:00 BND.com

A southeast Missouri sheriff's deputy is out of the hospital and back at work after crashing into an SUV and injuring three people.

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Courts warning about scam over 'missed' jury duty

2014-12-17 03:14:00 BND.com

Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam in which victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. They're also told they can…

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US Rep. Kelly to deliver Bradly University address

2014-12-17 03:09:00 BND.com

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly will deliver the mid-year commencement address for new graduates at Bradley University.

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Official: 2 dead in Missouri highway crash

2014-12-17 03:09:00 BND.com

Authorities in southern Missouri say two people have died in a three-vehicle accident.

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Jury begins deliberating Illinois grant-fraud case

2014-12-17 03:09:00 BND.com

A federal jury begins deliberating Wednesday on whether a Chicago businessman and his wife stole $3.4 million they received in state grant funds.

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3 Chicago-area men charged with armed robbery

2014-12-17 03:09:00 BND.com

Three men are charged in a string of recent armed robberies in suburban Chicago.

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Husband-wife team gets $640K to explore earthworks

2014-12-17 03:04:00 BND.com

A husband-and-wife archaeological team from Indiana University and the University of Illinois has been awarded $640,000 to expand their research into one of North America's largest Native American earthworks.

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New leader named for Illinois Farm Service Agency

2014-12-17 03:04:00 BND.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named a new leader of the Farm Service Agency Illinois State Committee.

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2 am news



Missouri woman gets 7 years in bicyclist's death

2014-12-17 02:39:00 BND.com

A southwest Missouri woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident after she fatally hit a bicyclist while fleeing from her boyfriend.

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The D'oh of Homer: Professors employ TV's Simpsons

2014-12-17 00:29:00 BND.com

Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn't stopped them from showing up on college campuses.

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Former Cottleville officer acquitted of stealing gas claims he was a victim of politics

2014-12-17 00:15:00 STLToday.com
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Jay Nixon's job-cut claims might not be as they appear

2014-12-17 00:15:00 STLToday.com
The governor has publicly boasted about his efforts to eliminate state workforce jobs. Read Full Story ...

Tarasenko stars as Blues storm back

2014-12-17 00:15:00 STLToday.com
The Note pulls out one of its sweetest victories of the season, scoring three goals in 2˝ minutes of the final period for a 5-2 win over the Kings. Tarasenko's hat trick is his second this season. Read Full Story ...

McClellan: Taking the profit out of municipal courts

2014-12-17 00:10:00 STLToday.com
An UMSL economist's solution: Make tickets about public safety. Read Full Story ...

St. Charles police and firefighters learn Spanish for first responders

2014-12-17 00:00:00 STLToday.com
They are hoping to better serve an increasing Spanish-speaking population  Read Full Story ...

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