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9 years 8 months 4 days ago June 25, 2007 Jun 25, 2007 Monday, June 25 2007 Monday, June 25, 2007 2:53:10 AM CDT in News
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AP-MO--Right Now-St. Louis,0506Latest St. Louis area news:TEENS-DRUGS Missouri teens turning to prescription drugs to get high ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Teens are turning away from street drugs and using prescription drugs to get high. That's the word from a White House drug official, who will be in St. Louis today to discuss the trend. Officials say abuse of pain killers among Missouri teens is slightly higher than the national average. The problem will be explored at a news conference this morning at 10:30 (at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark).WILL COUNTY BODIES FOUND Extradition hearings await Illinois man charged in deaths of family CHICAGO (AP) -- A suburban Chicago man accused of gunning down his wife and three children remains in a Missouri jail. Meanwhile, Illinois officials are preparing to begin extradition proceedings. A spokeswoman says Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vitch) is prepared to sign an extradition order for Christopher Vaughn as soon as it's received from the Will County prosecutor. The 32-year-old computer consultant from Oswego was arrested Saturday morning at a funeral home in St. Charles, Missouri. He was taken into custody hours before he was to attend his family's memorial service. Authorities are saying little about a motive or about what evidence prompted them to seek an arrest warrant. Vaughn faces eight counts of first-degree murder. He's being held on a one (M) million dollar cash bond in the St. Charles County Jail.LOG CABIN-HOME Historic log cabin will be rebuilt as vacation home HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- A historic log cabin in rural northeast Missouri will be getting new use across the state. Lonnie and Don Peters of Peculiar bought the 1850s log cabin in Ralls County from Gary Damron. They had it disassembled and transported across the state last week and plan to rebuild it as their vacation home. They say they will keep it historically authentic. Damron grew up in the cabin and owns the property where it stood. He and the Peterses learned of each other in a rural newspaper ad. Damron says the log cabin served as a relay station on the old Hannibal to Paris plank road. It was an inn for travelers, and was mentioned in Mark Twain's writings.MASS TRANSIT St. Louis' light rail system gaining popularity with developers ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ridership in the St. Louis region's light rail system is rising steadily, and developers are capitalizing on mass transit's popularity. They're building near MetroLink stations. One has even pledged three-(M)-million dollars toward a new station for its project site. The first MetroLink line opened in July 1993. Nearly 22 (M) million riders are expected to use the system this year, a 32 percent increase over 17 (M) million last year. The addition last August of an eight-mile cross-county extension connected the system and helped to increase ridership. Officials say reconstruction of Highway 40 in the St. Louis area -- and impending road closures -- have created a greater awareness about public transportation. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-06-25-07 0430EDT

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