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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis-area man has died from injuries suffered when he picked up an explosive device in his yard earlier this month. Authorities say 51-year-old Michael Keen of St. Charles was doing yard work on July 5th when he found a mortar shell. He picked it up and it exploded, causing several injuries. Keen died Monday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - This summer's cooler-than-usual weather is hurting attendance at many St. Louis area pools and water parks. Maplewood Assistant City Manager Anthony Traxler says pool attendance is down 7 percent this summer. But the mild weather has been good for some attractions. Attendance at Missouri Botanical Garden is up 43 percent from July 2013.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a pet dog that was shot after it escaped from its yard. St. Louis police say the pit bull-pointer mix escaped from its yard yesterday morning. Neighbors reported gunfire and found the dog had been shot. Police say they couldn't find anyone who witnessed the shooting. The animal was turned over to the Humane Society of Missouri before it died.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A long-abandoned lot in St. Louis has been transformed into a flower patch with about 10,000 sunflowers. Organizers say local beautification could spur the revitalization of the beleaguered neighborhood. The redevelopment project is one of five by the Sustainable Land Lab, a partnership between the city and Washington University.

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