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The Week Ahead: 5 Things to Know

1. Police search for man who allegedly lured girl to vehicle

Composite sketch of a man being sought on Feb. 8 by Lake Saint Louis police.

Composite sketch of a man being sought on Feb. 8 by Lake Saint Louis police.

Lake Saint Louis police are seeking information on a driver of a gray pickup truck who allegedly tried to lure a girl into his vehicle several times in the last few weeks.

Police say the received a report from a 15-year-old girl who said that a man approached here at about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 4 while she was walking near Landing Place Drive in Lake Saint Louis.  The man asked if victim needed a ride since it was cold outside.

She said she told him no and the man demanded that she get into his truck.  She then fled the area and reported the matter to police.

Police say the received a report from a 15-year-old girl who said that a man approached here at about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 4 while she was walking near Landing Place Drive in Lake Saint Louis.  The man asked if victim needed a ride since it was cold outside.

She said she told him no and the man demanded that she get into his truck.  She then fled the area and reported the matter to police. Read more …

2. Local athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Francis Howell National Letter of Intent Day signees

Francis Howell National Letter of Intent Day signees

By Jonathan Duncan, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine

Wednesday, Feb. 3 was a big day for St. Charles County athletes as student athletes from 13 area schools signed National Letters of Intent to pursue academics and play sports at the collegiate level.

Francis Howell had the biggest class of athletes to sign, with 28 commitments. Francis Howell Central also had a strong contingent of student athletes.

“We had 11 student athletes that had a combined average of a 3.31 GPA and that is something we are pretty excited about,” Francis Howell Central Athletic Director Scott Harris said. “I think we have six to eight more people that will commit by April to schools and we are very proud of the way these student athletes are excelling in the classroom as well as on the field.” For a list of talented local athletes and the schools to which they have committed, click here …

3. Voter registration deadline nears for Missouri primary

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By Brian Flinchpaugh, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine

Missouri residents have until Feb. 17 to register to vote if they want to cast a ballot in the Missouri’s March 15 presidential preference primary.

Residents of St. Charles County can register when visiting state agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles or the Division of Family Services, as well as by visiting the county election authority between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The county’s election authority office is located at 397 Turner Boulevard in St. Peters. It will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for the President’s Day holiday. Read more …

4. Concern over the Zika continues to grow

Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito that is know to spread Zika Virus.

Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito that is know to spread Zika Virus.

Associated Press via Yahoo News

 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.

Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. Most people who catch it experience mild or no symptoms. But mounting evidence from Brazil suggests that infection in pregnant women is linked to abnormally small heads in their babies — a birth defect called microcephaly.

“What we now know is that there appears to be some significant risk for pregnant women and women who are thinking about having a baby,” Obama said in an interview aired Monday on “CBS This Morning.”

The White House said that as spring and summer approach, the U.S. must prepare to quickly address local transmission with the continental U.S. Obama added, however, that “there shouldn’t be a panic on this.” Read more …

5. A-B dethroned in Super Bowl ad rankings

While Anheuser Busch's "Give a Damn" ad featuring Helen Mirren kept the local brewer in the Top 10 Super Bowl 50 commercials, the company's other offerings failed to impress.

While Anheuser Busch’s “Give a Damn” ad featuring Helen Mirren kept the local brewer in the Top 10 Super Bowl 50 commercials, the company’s other offerings failed to impress.

By Lisa Brown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Anheuser-Busch failed to retain its crown as top Super Bowl ad but scored big when winning quarterback Peyton Manning gave Budweiser a shout-out in post-game interviews.

Budweiser’s “Simply Put” anti drunk driving ad starring Helen Mirren was the 9th best Super Bowl commercial out of the 63 commercials that aired, according to USA Today’s Ad Meter. Hyandai’s “First Date” commercial won the No. 1 spot. Read more …

 

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