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| December 13, 2012 | 8:01 am
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Trial has been set for a St. Louis man accused of killing a 72-year-old man, who was apparently chosen at random in what’s known as the “knockout game.” Twenty-year-old Elex Levell Murphy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Hoang Nguyen. Murphy is scheduled to go on trial next April.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repair work at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis is nearing completion. Crews have been working to repair or replace more than 500 of the cornice stones along the edge of the roof of the courthouse. The cornice repairs began in January 2011.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Downtown Kansas City is on track to get a two-mile streetcar system. City officials say voters who live in the streetcar district approved sales and property tax increases to help pay for the $100 million system. The city plans to start construction on the project next year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo’s only polar bear is about to get some company. Zoo officials say they have decided to bring a female polar bear named Berlin to the zoo. The Kansas City Star reports Berlin could arrive by next week and will be quarantined for 30 days.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri hospitals say they provided a record $1.1 billion in uncompensated care to patients last year. The Missouri Hospital Association says that figure includes $623 million in charity care provided at 129 hospitals.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is getting ready to award more than 2,300 degrees during this weekend’s fall commencement ceremonies in Columbia. About 1,700 of the diplomas will go to undergraduates.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is releasing a new smartphone app for iPhones and Android devices. The app gives users access to active Greene County warrants, a list of sex offenders and a crime-tip hotline. Users can also check a list of who’s currently locked up in the county jail.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The number of wineries in Missouri has more than tripled over the past decade. That’s according to a University of Missouri researcher, who says the state had 108 wineries last year.

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