Parks Points Fingers After Shooting
(East St. Louis, IL) -- East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks is pointing fingers at a nightclub owner and the parents of a teen shooting victim. That's after the 16-year-old was shot in the stomach Saturday during a private party at Club Rolex. Parks tells the "Post Dispatch" the owner had the required number of security guards, but one had gone on break at the time of the shooting. He also says the parents of the girl, who was treated and released from an area hospital, could face curfew-related charges.
Nixon: Strengthen Medicaid, Strengthen Mental Health
(St. Louis, MO) -- Governor Jay Nixon says a new report by the Missouri Department of Mental Health shows strengthening Medicaid will strengthen public safety, by improving access to treatment for people with mental illness. Nixon made those remarks yesterday during a visit to the Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center. He says the report shows that looming federal cuts would slash mental health services, underlining how important it is for Missouri to access additional federal funding.
Quinn Says No To Gambling Expansion
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is turning thumbs down on new gambling in Illinois. He vetoed a bill that would have meant five new casinos and slot machines at the racetracks. Quinn says the bill doesn't do enough to rein in lobbyists for the gaming industry and doesn't ban them from making campaign contributions.
Sirens Will Sound For Statewide Tornado Drill
(St. Louis, MO) -- Sirens will sound across Missouri today during the statewide tornado drill. It's part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which kicked off yesterday. Emergency sirens will go off today at 1:30. The focus for the rest of the week will be on flash floods, thunderstorms and NOAA weather radio use.
Grants Will Keep Artists In STL
(St. Louis, MO) -- The Regional Arts Commission says it wants to keep artists in St. Louis. That's why the commission is awarding a series of 20-thousand dollar grants. They'll go to ten individual artists in several different fields. The money will come from an existing hotel tax in the city and county.
It's Primary Day In St. Louis
(St. Louis, MO) -- Primary voting for the Democratic Mayoral party is today in St. Louis. There are no Republican mayoral candidates. Today's winner will challenge the Green Party in April. It is anybody's guess as to how weather will affect turnout.
Lawyers For Doe Run Head Back To The Courtroom
(Herculaneum, MO) -- Lawyers for Doe Run head back to a Missouri courtroom today. Owners of the former Herculaneum smelter are appealing a 350-million-dollar judgement. The lawsuit claimed over a dozen plaintiffs had suffered health issues as the company knowingly polluted the area. A separate class action lawsuit is slated for trial this July.
Belleville Lawyer Steps Down As SLU's Law Dean
(St. Louis, MO) -- A Belleville lawyer is stepping down as SLU's law dean. Tom Keefe has held the position since August and is reportedly facing several sexual harassment allegations. While Keefe confirmed his conduct may have been less than stellar, he doesn't believe actual harassment occurred. University officials are expected to address the issue sometime today.
Copper Theft Ring Busted In Franklin County
(Franklin County, MO) -- Authorities in Franklin County have busted a copper theft ring. The four suspects, all from St. Clair, are believed responsible for thousands in damages to phone lines. AT&T leaders will address the media this morning at ten at the Franklin County offices in Union.
Local Limo Service Under Delivers
(St. Charles, MO) -- The BBB warns a local limo service under delivers. Showtime Limousines in St. Charles is accused of failing to show up for pick-ups or canceling via e-mail hours prior to an event. Complaints have surfaced from Arnold, Missouri to Marine, Illinois.
Illinois Ranks Top Five Best Corporate Locations
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois ranks in the top five best corporate locations nationwide. The state is up two spots from last year's ranking at number seven. Rounding out the top five this year are Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Missouri ranked fifth regionally. View all rankings at SiteSelection.com
Snow Geese Flock To St. Charles County
(St. Charles, MO) -- Snow geese are flocking to St. Charles and Lincoln counties. The Missouri Department of Conservation reports heavy snow to the west is forcing the birds to the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers confluence. The boon is good news for hunters, wildlife watchers and photographers.
Autoworkers Canvass St. Louis Area
(St. Louis, MO) -- Autoworkers have taken to the area streets canvassing against "right to work" legislation. Missouri Senate bill 29 requires authorization for certain unions to use dues and fees for political contributions and bars them from withholding earnings from paychecks. Some citizens believe the proposals are pro-corporation and anti-worker.