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 A wildlife warning from St. Louis City Police.Four coyotes were spotted in Willmore park Tuesday night. That is on the south side of town, next to the River Des Peres.

Police say the coyotes don’t normally pose a threat to humans but they are capable of attacking small pets.

They warn that you should not to approach wild animals or feed them.


The final interviews to find St. Louis City's new police chief are underway this week.  The city confirmed that 5 outside candidates are being flown in and 3 internal candidates are still in the running. They will have to undergo management simulation test that deal with leadership abilities along with being interviewed by 2 panels

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NATIONAL

Google has released its annual list of the top searches of the year and Hurricane Irma, which slammed into Florida as a category 4 hurricane, was the top trending story of 2017.

After the devastating storm, the second-most searched term was "Matt Lauer" and "Tom Petty" was third. . (The Hollywood Reporter)


North Korea Maybe Getting Ready To Test Again

North Korea may be getting ready for another nuclear weapons test.

Recent satellite images show heavy activity at North Korea's nuclear test site. Experts at the Washington think tank 38 North say the images suggest tunnel excavation is underway at the test site as North Korea prepares for future weapons tests.

Pyongyang Radio also reportedly broadcast secret coded messages over the weekend. Similar broadcasts have been heard before North Korea's previous weapons tests.

 Source: Express


Governors Want CHIP Program Saved-

A dozen governors have joined forces seeking a re-authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Once again, bipartisan leaders Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are working together. They have written to congressional leaders saying covering children and pregnant women without disruption is an issue where there's bipartisan agreement. The governors of Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and others have signed on.

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf has joined the group and tweeted Jimmy Kimmel to thank him for fighting for the program.

The governors note that without CHIP, access to essential health services will be at risk. They also warn that resources are nearly exhausted and some states have already started telling families that their children's coverage may end on January 31st. 

Source: Gazette


Authorities Catch Up To Summer Shark Draggers-

Three men in Florida are facing animal cruelty charges for dragging a shark behind a boat.

The suspects are also charged with illegally taking a shark. A viral video of the incident outraged people who found it brutal and inhumane, and led to an investigation. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's Bo Rivard said he hopes the felony charges announced Tuesday will send a clear message that "this kind of behavior involving our fish and wildlife will not be tolerated."

Source: Miami Herald


Al Franken’s Replacement To Be Named Today-

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will be announcing a successor for outgoing Senator Al Franken today.

The move comes after Franken announced his resignation last week after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. The "Star Tribune" reports the governor will appoint Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith.

Smith was Dayton’s first chief-of-staff after careers at General Mills, Planned Parenthood and the city of Minneapolis,

The selection means Minnesota will have two female U.S. senators for the first time in history.

Source: Star Tribune


In a hotly contested and controversial battle, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore Tuesday night to win Alabama's election for a U.S. Senate seat, according to projections from multiple news outlets.

Though Alabama is a red state, Moore was dogged by accusations that he was engaged in inappropriate behavior with teen girls when he was in his 30s. Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, repeatedly denied the allegations.  Donald Trump continued to push for Moore.  Jones is famous for prosecuting a pair of KKK members for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. (FOX News)


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