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| December 4, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was found sleeping in his car outside the home of a woman he described as his “girlfriend” Saturday. That was hours before police say he returned home, shot the mother of his infant daughter and later killed himself. Police say the woman’s apartment complex was about 10 miles from the home where Belcher shot and killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A number of pharmacies in the St. Louis area are selling the first-ever pseudoephedrine-based decongestant that apparently cannot be used to make methamphetamine. Zephrex-D has been rolled out over the past week and is available at Walmart, Walgreens and CVS. Highland Pharmaceuticals is the maker of the decongestant and says it hopes to sell the product nationally within a year.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An incoming state House member wants to try to stop “Black Friday” shopping from ruining the Thanksgiving dinners of workers. Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, says he plans to file legislation that would prohibit retail stores from opening on Thanksgiving. He has dubbed it the “Thanksgiving Family Protection Act.”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri public defender system says it will be more flexible with its caseload limits. Those limits have led to disagreements over whether they have the time and resources to represent some criminal defendants. The move has the approval of the Public Defender Commission.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A big explosion has sent the final two sections of the westbound Blanchette Bridge into the Missouri River. Crews used explosives Tuesday to take down the sections of the bridge that connects St. Louis and St. Charles counties along Interstate 70. The work is part of a $63 million rehabilitation project. The westbound span closed Nov. 4 and will reopen next fall. For now, all traffic has been rerouted to the eastbound span. About 1,000 people gathered to watch the bridge explosion. About 4.5 million pounds of steel dropped into the river, creating waves that crashed into the riverbank.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman is expected to get shock jail time and probation after pleading guilty to dealing prescription pain pills from her day care center. 37-year-old Keisha McReynolds entered the plea Monday. She could get up to 15 years in prison but a deal with prosecutors calls for 120 days of shock incarceration and probation. McReynolds sold pills to a confidential informant with the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force at the day care she operated, Beautiful Beginnings Childcare of Cape Girardeau.

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 Monday night and stepped away from the pump. When she got back into the car, a man was in the backseat, put a gun to her head and demanded her purse, cell phone and keys. He reportedly hit her in the head with a gun before eventually letting her go. The suspect stole the car but crashed a short time later.

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