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LOCAL

A new movie theater is coming to midtown St. Louis. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema says they are opening their first location at the City Foundry STL development near Ikea. The location will offer a ten-screen cinema with over 900 luxury recliners. There will also be a full-service bar and restaurant with 48 local craft beers on tap. The theater is expected to open in early 2019.

NATIONAL

It's becoming increasingly more difficult to be a Toys R Us kid. The toy store, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, announced it is closing another 182 stores, or about 20 percent of its properties.

The company has 880 stores across the country but is trying to fend off competition from online stores and discount chains. It may take a few months for the company to decide which stores to close, and it's possible it might still decide to keep some open as a combined Toys R Us/Babies R Us store, but they're already planning going-out-of-business sales to begin next month. (USA Today)


Japanese Company Makes The Tiniest Fidget Spinner - Sometimes things get created just to prove “it can be done.”

If that’s the case, then one Japanese company should be thrilled. Tokyo-based MinebeaMitsumi Inc. earned a Guinness World Record for the tiny .20-inch long spinning toy.

They created fidget spinner that is less than an inch long. And it works!


*Tammy Duckworth is poised to be the first woman to give birth while serving as a United States Senator. She announced Tuesday that she's expecting her second child.

Several women have given birth while serving in Congress, including Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the first woman to do so in 1973; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Kirsten Gillibrand and Duckworth, herself, who had her first child in 2014 while serving in the House.

Duckworth, who will turned 50 in March, joked, "It's a terrible thing, but I'm listed as a geriatric mother. It's called a geriatric pregnancy on all of my medical charts. I don't let that bother me though. I think 50-year-old moms are the new 40-year-old moms." 

Chicago Tribune


Supreme Court Expedites DACA Case Consideration - 

The U.S. Supreme Court is putting consideration of President Trump's repeal of DACA [[DAH-kuh]], the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on a fast track.

A lower Court blocked the repeal and the Supreme Court is asking for briefs in the case by February 2nd, but that's no guarantee the high Court will agree to hear the case. Trump has announced plans to end the Obama-era program that protects Dreamers by March 5th. Dreamers are hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump also challenged Congress to craft a better program to protect Dreamers.

Former Homeland Security secretary Jane Napolitano is the chief plaintiff in the lower court case. 

Source: Washington Times


Missing Oil Rig Workers Are Confirmed Dead - 

The five rig workers who were missing following a gas rig explosion in Oklahoma are confirmed dead.

Searchers announced yesterday they found the bodies of 29-year-old Matt Smith, 60-year-old Parker Waldridge, 55-year-old Roger Cunningham, 26-year-old Cody Risk and 35-year-old Josh Ray inside wreckage of the office used to control the rig. Monday's explosion in Pittsburg County remains under investigation.

One person was seriously injured and several others had minor injuries.

Source: Houston Chronicle


A 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were killed Tuesday morning during a shooting at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky. Aside from those killed, 18 others were injured with 14 wounded and four left in critical condition.

The victims range in age from 14 to 18 years old. Those injured include the 14 boys and six girls.

A deputy at the school arrested the suspected shooter. The 15-year-old boy will face charges for two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder, according to Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders. (Lexington Herald Leader)


SPORTS

The Blues beat Ottowa 3-0, they are off until tomorrow night!

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