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FOX 2 viewers share Christmas displays with St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Are you decorating your home for the holidays? One family is sharing their amazing display with St. Louis. Kristy Farrell Schires sent FOX 2 a message on Facebook to show off her husband’s Christmas display. It is very impressive.

Schires describes the display:

“He hand-made the characters in our front yard display, freehand drawing, cutting and painting each character. He started building before Halloween with Nightmare Before Christmas, and has been adding many pieces for Christmas, including Charlie Brown and friends, flying Snoopy, Grinch and Cindy Lou, and animated Jack Skellington and Sally peeking over headstones and the Ghost Dog flying through the air.”

This display is located at 464 Kaylene Drive in Wentzville.

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St. Louis housing market gained $35B in 2021; how does that compare nationally

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St. Louis housing market gained $35B in 2021; how does that compare nationally

ST. LOUIS – The housing market in the St. Louis metro area gained $35 billion last year, adding to the almost $7 trillion gained nationally according to a new Zillow analysis.

Homes in St. Louis are worth $267 billion, an increase of $110 billion from more than a decade ago. Those numbers make St. Louis the 30th most valuable out of the top 50 largest U.S. metro areas.

The housing market in all of Missouri is worth $539 billion. Nearly half of the worth is in the St. Louis area.

Zillow’s data found strong demand and limited supply in 2021 drove home values up more than ever before according to its records dating back 20 years. The data also shows home values grew 19.6% nationwide last year.

Zillow also says the rise means homes nationwide are worth twice as much as they were a decade ago. Zillow economists also expect another strong year in 2022.

“This year is likely to be less competitive for buyers, but it will continue to be a sellers market,” said Zillow senior economist Jeff Tucker.

Nationwide, Los Angeles gained more home value than any other metro in 2021 however the New York metro area remains the nation’s largest housing market, worth $3.5 trillion according to Zillow.

Here is a look at the value of the top 5 largest housing markets:

  • New York ($3.5 trillion)
  • Los Angeles ($3.3 trillion)
  • San Francisco ($2 trillion)
  • Boston ($1.1 trillion)
  • Washington, D.C. ($1.1 trillion)

Zillow points out that the number of homes in a metro area has the biggest influence on how much the value of the total housing stock increases. However, in 2021 there were a few markets that outperformed their size.

Zillow data shows Phoenix gained $171 billion in housing value last year, more than the entire state of Pennsylvania. Also, Austin’s housing market gained more than nearby Houston’s despite having less than a third of the number of homes.

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“Tiger King” Joe Exotic resentenced to 21 years in prison in murder-for-hire case involving his chief rival

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“Tiger King” Joe Exotic resentenced to 21 years in prison in murder-for-hire case involving his chief rival

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal judge resentenced “Tiger King” Joe Exotic to 21 years in prison on Friday, reducing his punishment by just a year despite pleas from the former zookeeper for leniency as he begins treatment for cancer.

“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be free,” he told a federal judge who resentenced him on a murder-for-hire charge.

Joe Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — was convicted in a case involving animal welfare activist Carole Baskin. Both were featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”

Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, Maldonado-Passage still had his trademark mullet hairstyle, but the bleach-blonde was fading to gray.

Baskin and her husband also attended the proceedings, and she said she was fearful that Maldonado-Passage could threaten her.

“He continues to harbor intense feelings of ill will toward me,” she said.

Friday’s court proceedings came about after a federal appeals court ruled last year that the prison term he’s serving on a murder-for-hire conviction should be shortened.

Supporters packed the courtroom, some wearing animal-print masks and shirts that read “Free Joe Exotic.” His attorneys said they would appeal both the resentencing and petition for a new trial.

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Illinois Department of Public Health offers 225k free at-home COVID tests

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Illinois Department of Public Health offers 225k free at-home COVID tests

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – 225,000 free rapid COVID-19 self-administered test kits are now available to residents in certain zip codes in 14 Illinois counties from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The tests are available through Project Access Covid Tests (Project ACT). It is a new direct-to-consumer mail-order program that works in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, health care technology company CareEvolation, test manufacture iHealth Labs, Inc., and Amazon.

The tests are available to residents living in the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Kankakee, Lake, Macon, Madison, Marion, Peoria, St. Clair, Will, and Winnebago. Click here to see the specific zip codes.

“Testing is still a critical component for slowing transmission of COVID-19 and helping prevent further infections,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “With readily available at-home testing, individuals can find out very quickly if they are positive and take action to isolate for five days while alerting those with whom they had close contact that they should also test. Readily available tests can help us chart a course for the new normal and help us learn how to coexist with COVID-19.”

Click here to order your free COVID tests.

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