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| December 4, 2012
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HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County woman is in custody after her infant son died in a hotel bathtub. The incident happened yesterday at the Extended State America Hotel in Hazelwood. Police say the woman intended to bathe the child and left him alone in the tub with the water running.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are searching for a suspect accused of sneaking into a car at a gas station, robbing a woman and briefly holding her captive. The victim told police she was getting gas last night and when she got back into the car, a man was in the backseat. She told officers the suspect put a gun to her head and demanded her purse, cellphone and keys.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A circuit judge from Rolla has been appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Southern District. Judge Mary Sheffield will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Appellate Judge Robert Barney. Sheffield was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon and will appear on the ballot later for a retention vote.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Add House member Jason Smith to the list of Missouri Republicans expressing interest in replacing U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson. Others already showing interest include Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and state lawmaker Kevin Engler. Emerson says she will leave her congressional seat in February.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of setting fires at two Springfield houses will receive a mental health evaluation at a hospital. The man was taken into custody yesterday after fires at the homes about 10 blocks from each other. Fire officials say the suspect is related to a woman rescued from one of the homes.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City lawyer’s murder trial is being postponed until next November. Susan Van Note is accused of killing her millionaire father by forging health care documents that prompted doctors to remove him from life support.

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — An animal welfare group is working with police in the Kansas City suburb of Grandview to try to investigate animal fighting. The ASPCA is hosting a training workshop to teach law enforcement officers and animal cruelty investigators how to crack down on animal blood sports.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Democratic lawmaker says he’ll introduce legislation to keep most retailers from opening on Thanksgiving. Barnhart representative Jeff Roorda says early Black Friday shopping shouldn’t ruin the Thanksgiving dinners of workers. He says his “Thanksgiving Family Protection Act” would exempt restaurants, gas stations and drug stores.

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