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Congressman Clay nominates 13 area students to service academies

ST. LOUIS (KTVI)  – Democratic congressman William Lacy Clay has nominated 13 St. Louis area students for appoints to United States Service Academies. The first district congressman said,  “I am extraordinary proud to nominate these remarkable young students.  You not only excel at academics & athletics, you have also demonstrated a real commitment to serving your country and building up our community. I join with your proud parents, families & friends as we congratulate each of you.”

Listed below is the 2014 class of students nominated:

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St. Anthony’s Hospital employees receive active shooter training

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Would you know what to do if an active shooter was on the loose?

Area first responders and the public are getting some training that could save their lives.

It looks like a terrifying scene, but this is a member of a swat team posing as an active shooter during a training session at a vacant St. Anthony`s Hospital building.

The scenario is teaching employees the options they have if someone with a gun storms the building.

The first option is to run from the suspect, the second is to hide from the suspect, and the third is to fight the suspect.

First responders are also learning new things at the hospital. It`s called Mac-Tac Active Shooter Training. We can`t show the training on air, but it`s a new process aimed at getting law enforcement officers inside a building to stop an active shooter as well as getting medical staff inside to treat victims.

Old Crestwood Mall hits the auction block Monday

CRESTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The old Crestwood Court shopping mall will hit the online auction block.  The now-defunct mall closed for good in 2013.

The vacant mall sits on Watson Road, not far from Interstate 44.  The starting bid for the property is $1 million.  The online auctions starts at noon Central time Monday and runs until April 23.

The auction website details the old mall as 47 acres with more than 1 million square feet of space.

The site is being marketed by commercial real estate firm CBRE.

The website says converting the center from its former indoor environment to a more modern, open-air mixed use concept is the most promising potential for the site.

The winner of the auction should be known by the end of the week.

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Prayer and running combine in Crestwood on Easter morning

CRESTWOOD, MO (KTVI)- A Crestwood Church has adopted one of the area’s more unusual versions of the sunrise, Easter Sunday service.  For fourteen years, the traditional Easter sermon at First Baptist has been followed by the “Resurrection Run,” a 5K race started by a pastor who runs marathons on the side.

The goal is to blend the Message of Easter with the love of running.

Initially, pastor Lance Long was met with serious skepticism when he spoke of mixing Jesus and jogging. These days Long is preaching to the choir.  The event draws well. Many of those running are not members of the church.

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Website:  Rez Run

One teen killed, one injured in South County car crash

OAKVILLE, MO (KTVI)- A car crash has left one teenager dead and another injured. Around 11:00p.m. Friday, St. Louis County police responded to the accident near the intersection of Heintz Road and Erb Road in south St. Louis County.

A Mazda pick-up truck had left the roadway and struck a tree.  An 18-year-old male driver and an 18-year-old male passenger were rushed to a local hospital. The passenger, identified as Kenny Khammanivong, of Oakville, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver was admitted to the hospital. There is no word on the extent of  his injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is on-going. No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.

Driver slams into MoDOT work zone overnight

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(KTVI) – A speeding driver on Interstate 44 in Fenton crashed his car in a work zone.  It happened around 1:30 a.m. near Bowles Avenue.

Police say the man was driving almost 80 miles per hour when he suddenly slammed into road construction equipment.

None of the MoDOT workers on the scene was hurt.  The driver was injured but was able to get out of his car on his own.