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Cab drivers worried about being targeted after murder in south St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A murder case has shaken St. Louis’ international community:  a cab driver shot through the glass alongside his front door.

There’s now a $2,000 reward in the case that has cab drivers worried they’re being targeted.

St. Louis homicide detectives do have leads, but they’re still asking for tips in the finding the killer of Ibsa Alemu, 29.

“He’s very nice, hard-working, wanted to make a dream.  We miss him,” said Alex Asfaw, Alemu’s boss at Metro Cab.  “He’s a very nice person.  Maybe somebody followed him.  Nobody knows what happened.  It’s sad, very sad.  He has 2 kids you know.”

Friends say Alemu moved to St. Louis from his native Ethiopia about 7 or 8 years ago.

He was fixing up a house on Holly Hills in South St. Louis for his wife and two young daughters.

Around 4 o’clock Saturday morning, someone killed him there, shooting him through the front door glass.

Fire rips through home being renovated in Affton

affton house fireAFFTON, MO (KTVI) – An Affton home that was being renovated will now need to be completely redone.

That’s because fire destroyed the home on Phil and Gravois. The fire started around 1:30 a.m.  Neighbors say no one was living there.  It took fire crews an hour to get the blaze under control.

Officials: St. Louis School District to remain transitional

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Missouri State Board of Education says the St. Louis School District will remain a transitional district.

Commissioner Chris Nicastro says it’s critical to keep stable leadership in place.

The district was placed in transitional status in 2007 when it lost accreditation.

The district improved to provisional accreditation in 2012.

http://dese.mo.gov/news/2014/ReauthorizingTransitionalSchoolDistrict.htm

Los Flamencos at Modesto

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Lliam Christy and Beth Steinbrenner, from Los Flamencos, brought the taste of Spain to the studio with their lovely dance moves and guitar.

You can see them perform at Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant on The Hill.

April is International Guitar Month. Lliam will also be providing live flamenco guitar every Tuesday at Modesto.

For dinner reservations, call 314-772-8272 (TAPAS).

Los Flamencos
Tuesday, April 15
7:00pm & 8:30pm
Modesto
5257 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
http://www.modestotapas.com/

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Man found dead in Soulard area of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis police are investigating after a man was found dead inside a car near Soulard Market.

The body was found about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The victim’s name has not been released.

Homicide detectives are calling the death suspicious. Authorities have not released any further details.

Police hopes new strategy ends prostitution in south St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis police are trying a new tactic to combat prostitution in south St. Louis.  This time, instead of arresting the prostitutes, they’re targeting the patrons.

According to District 1 Commander Dan Howard, female South City residents complained recently that they were propositioned by men, who thought they were prostitutes.  It’s been a particular problem on South Broadway between Bates and Loughborough.

Prostitution has been an issue in the area for decades, and it usually seems to get worse when the weather gets warmer.

So this year, police are trying to get ahead of the uptick in prostitution, by targeting the prostitutes’ customers through a specialized detail which includes undercover officers.

Rams give fans a chance to win $100,000

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The St. Louis Rams are giving fans the chance to win $100,000 if they can correctly predict all 17 weeks of the 2014 regular season schedule. In order to win, fans must correctly select the opponent, location, and day of each game, including the bye week.

In the event of a tie, a trivia contest will be held to determine the winner of “Guess Our Game” contest.

There will be only one winner for the contest and only one entry per person.

To enter the contests, go to www.stlouisrams.com/guessourgames. The contest started Monday, April 14th and will end on April 21, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

For details and official rules the contest, click on here.