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Local teacher resigns after arrest for lewd and indecent conduct in Forest Park bathroom Video included

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A beloved teacher in one local school district suddenly stopped going to classes this past spring. 

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Customers fed up with Mississippi Valley Exteriors Video included

Customers tell News 4 a St. Charles County business took their money and failed to perform any work. (Credit: KMOV) Customers tell News 4 a St. Charles County business took their money and failed to perform any work. (Credit: KMOV)
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Customers tell News 4 a St. Charles County business took their money and failed to perform any work.

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Alderman hopes for hearings on STL police officer overtime audit calls 'extreme' Video included

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Lack of control over your money. That's what a report says is going on in the city of St. Louis, as auditors took a look at police officer overtime pay

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Immigrants victimized after being given forged cosmetology licenses Video included

Summer is the time for pools, vacation and for many women, that also means pedicure season. (Credit: KMOV) Summer is the time for pools, vacation and for many women, that also means pedicure season. (Credit: KMOV)
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Summer is the time for pools, vacation and for many women, that also means pedicure season.

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Guilty plea spotlights fraud in government childcare assistance program Video included

Arianne Stewart leaving court in downtown St. Louis. (Credit: KMOV) Arianne Stewart leaving court in downtown St. Louis. (Credit: KMOV)
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Parents know how expensive childcare can be.  A Federal program provides billions in taxpayer money to help low-income parents pay for it. News 4 has learned some parents are committing fraud and stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the program.  

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'It's insane'; Busch IV neighbor frustrated by helicopter landings Video included

August Busch IV (R) and and scene of the helicopter landing in Swansea (L)  (AP Photo) August Busch IV (R) and and scene of the helicopter landing in Swansea (L) (AP Photo)
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Neighbors of August Busch IV say they're now worried for their safety, after the former head of Anheuser Busch's high profile arrest this week.

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Councilman says 'it's my party,' tosses citizen from ward meeting Video included

A recent altercation is raising questions about just where and when a citizen can videotape elected officials and public meetings. Credit: KMOV A recent altercation is raising questions about just where and when a citizen can videotape elected officials and public meetings. Credit: KMOV
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An elected official has a citizen tossed out of meeting at a local community college for videotaping

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Are you on it? Website publishes your personal info to anyone who searches your name

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A new website called TruePeopleSearch.com is creating shock waves when it comes to privacy.  

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No, Southwest Airlines isn't giving away free flights Video included

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"If it's too good to be true, it typically is."

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Suspended chief still earning salary, while awaiting criminal charges Video included

Monarch Fire Chief Wayne Marsonette, 46, is accused of using a company money from his previous employer for personal expenses. Credit: KMOV Monarch Fire Chief Wayne Marsonette, 46, is accused of using a company money from his previous employer for personal expenses. Credit: KMOV
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He's facing 11 felony charges that could land him behind bars. But News 4 has learned that one local fire chief is still collecting your money. He’s getting paid hundreds of thousands, without having to work a single hour. Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager discovered that the officials in charge made the decision to keep paying him behind closed doors. 

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Suspended Monarch Fire Chief facing new charges

Monarch Fire Chief Wayne Marsonette, 46, is accused of using a company money from his previous employer for personal expenses. Credit: KMOV Monarch Fire Chief Wayne Marsonette, 46, is accused of using a company money from his previous employer for personal expenses. Credit: KMOV
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The suspended Chief of the Monarch Fire Protection District is facing new charges less than one year after he was initially arrested

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Great White Sharks in the Mississippi? Expert says its fake news Video included

Despite what's been going around social media, Great White Sharks have not made their way up the Mississippi River to St. Louis. Credit; KMOV Despite what's been going around social media, Great White Sharks have not made their way up the Mississippi River to St. Louis. Credit; KMOV
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It's a social media post that caught our newsroom's attention: A picture of two shark fins and a shocking claim, two great white sharks made it from the Gulf of Mexico up the Mississippi to St. Louis

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Free phone program riddled with fraud, audit says

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The program called the “Free Government Cell Phone” program is plagued by "massive fraud" and "waste," according an audit ordered by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. McCaskill released the results of a three-year Government Accountability Office (GAO) study Thursday.

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City shutting down steam line that burned toddler in Kiener Plaza after News 4 Investigation Video included

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The city of St. Louis now says they will be shutting off a steam line that runs under Kiener Plaza for the summer, after News 4 Investigates repeatedly tested temperatures at two manholes in the park.

Meanwhile, the toddler who was suffered second-degree burns after stepping on one of the manholes Sunday, has now been released from the hospital, but will require on-going treatment. 

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Alderman wants more parking money turned over to St. Louis City Video included

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Feeding a parking meter or paying a ticket. It’s something you just have to do sometimes.

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A new twist to an old IRS scam is claiming victims nationwide Video included

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News 4 is always watching out for you, and has been tracking IRS scams for years.

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News 4 Investigates: Customers say home repair business ruined appliances

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Several customers of Right Now Services say the company never delivered promised work

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100 new taxes in St. Louis region, study says Video included

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A new study says you're shelling out more money in local taxes

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St. Francois Co. couple sentenced for Medicaid fraud Video included

Donald and Christina Halter are going to prison for Medicaid fraud. Credit: KMOV Donald and Christina Halter are going to prison for Medicaid fraud. Credit: KMOV
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A Park Hills couple is going to prison for stealing from an elderly veteran that lived in their nursing home

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STL Treasurer's travel budget cut 75 percent after a News 4 Investigation Video included

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones. Credit: KMOV St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones. Credit: KMOV
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The St. Louis city Treasurer's Office’s travel budget has been slashed. 

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Facebook friend request sends former Shrewsbury officer back to prison Video included

Korey Kranefuss violated the terms of his probation by contacting a teen. Credit: KMOV Korey Kranefuss violated the terms of his probation by contacting a teen. Credit: KMOV
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A former Shrewsbury police officer and sex offender is headed back to prison after violating the terms of his probation

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Homeowner claims mortgage company reps broke into home, stole belongings

Randy Renner says mortgage company representatives broke into his home and stole items. Credit: KMOV Randy Renner says mortgage company representatives broke into his home and stole items. Credit: KMOV
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A local homeowner says the door to his home was kicked in and his guns and computer were stolen, not by a simple burglar, but by people hired by his mortgage company

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St. Louis changing towing practices for crime victims Video included

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Leaders within the City of St. Louis confirmed they are changing their towing policies after crime victims complained to News 4. They felt like they had been victimized twice, harmed by the city’s towing payment practices

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Boiler expert questions federal agency's report on deadly explosion near Soulard

A boiler-plate explosion in Soulard was captured on surveillance camera at a nearby BP gas station. Credit: BP A boiler-plate explosion in Soulard was captured on surveillance camera at a nearby BP gas station. Credit: BP
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New questions are being raised about a federal agency's explanation of what caused a deadly explosion in Soulard in April.  A boiler expert tells News 4, the Chemical Safety Board's explanation of what happened is a "cop-out."

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Boiler system that exploded in Soulard hadn't been inspected by city since 2011 Video included

A boiler-plate explosion in Soulard was captured on surveillance camera at a nearby BP gas station. Credit: BP A boiler-plate explosion in Soulard was captured on surveillance camera at a nearby BP gas station. Credit: BP
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It was a horrific explosion that killed four people near Soulard last month

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Deal at discount store may be too good to be true Video included

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A News 4 investigation that crossed continents all started when Elena Housmann tried buying a gift for her father, an avid golfer

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Residents on road in Pike Co. upset county won't help repair damaged bridge Video included

Residents along a rural road near Louisiana, Mo. say Pike County is refusing to repair this bridge. Credit: KMOV Residents along a rural road near Louisiana, Mo. say Pike County is refusing to repair this bridge. Credit: KMOV
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Residents along a road in Pike County that the county is not stepping in to repair a nearby bridge that was washed out by flood waters

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Street near North Co cemetery piled up with garbage Video included

Many are concerned about trash along North Market Street near Lucas and Hunt. Credit: KMOV Many are concerned about trash along North Market Street near Lucas and Hunt. Credit: KMOV
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A side street next to a North County cemetery is an eyesore because it is littered with trash

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Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism Video included

KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens) KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)
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A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

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