Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

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ST. LOUIS Explosives-sniffing dog joins local ATF office * A dog that was raised in prison will now be helping federal agents in St. Louis put others there.

Andi, a 15-month-old chocolate Labrador retriever, is joining the St. Louis field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, becoming the office's first explosives-sniffing dog, the agency announced Monday.

Andi just completed a 16-week training program at the ATF's National Canine Academy in Virginia, where she learned to sniff out trace amounts of all types of explosives. Her new handler, Special Agent Alan Leah, joined Andi for the last 10 weeks of the course.

The ATF said that Andi and Leah would work primarily on gun trafficking and search warrants, using Andi's training to sniff out guns. She will also assist with explosives incidents, they said.

Andi was raised by prison inmates, through Puppies Behind Bars. (Robert Patrick)

COLLINSVILLE Miner's hall is cited as endangered * The Miner's Institute in Collinsville, once a social hall for coal miners and later a theater, has been named by Landmark Illinois one of the state's most endangered historic places. …

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