A Muslim civil liberties group says religious bias is behind an attack on an 18 year old college freshman is St. Louis. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants police to investigate last month's assault on LaSalle Park Court as a possible hate crime. The victim spent three days hospitalized in intensive care after he was hit in the back of the head during an argument with a neighbor's boyfriend, who said his car had been scratched. Police say the suspect demanded money for the vehicle damage after the victim came to the girlfriend’s home to discuss the matter. Members of the victim’s family say they have previously had their tires slashed, windows broken and been the target of religious slurs.
A 19-year-old University of Illinois student remains in custody today after authorities say he threatened classmates while referencing the shootings at Virginia Tech. Dany Sammack is being held on $250,000 bond after he was charged with felony disorderly conduct. The Champaign News-Gazette reports Sammak was arrested over the weekend after he made what authorities said were "terrorist-like threats" and made shooting gestures with his hands. A search by law enforcement of Sammak's home, computer and other property didn't turn up any evidence that he was part of a larger plot to harm others.
Firefighters responding to a call in Park Hills, Missouri got more than they bargained for when they found a marijuana growing operation in the basement. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that emergency crews were called to the home when the resident's mother fell asleep with a lit cigarette, catching her mattress on fire. This happened early Saturday morning. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they searched the home and reportedly found about 20 plants, as well as lighting and watering equipment in the basement. Formal charges have not yet been filed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Jay Nixon says a clause in the income tax cut bill that he vetoed could have triggered a $1.2 billion run on the state treasury.
Attorney General Chris Koster agreed with Nixon's legal analysis this past week. But the projection remains largely hypothetical.
The Missouri bill would trigger a one-half of a percent reduction in state income tax rates if the federal government enacts a measure making it easier for states to collect online sales taxes.
That bill has stalled in the U.S. House. But if it passes, then all of Missouri's roughly 2.8 million income taxpayers would have to amend three years of tax returns for Nixon's projections to hit in a single year.
The courts likely would have to determine whether the retroactive tax refund is legal.
Demonstrators in St. Louis and elsewhere are calling for maternity practices that put mothers and babies ahead of hospitals and insurance companies.
Dozens line Brentwood Boulevard on Labor Day for a "Rally To Improve Birth" demonstration. It was one of 170 rallies nationwide calling for reducing medical interventions and reducing the rate of cesarean section.
Organizers point to United Nations data that shows that the US ranks 45th worldwide in maternal safety even though it has the highest maternity health costs in the world.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials are urging residents to make plans for disasters as Gov. Pat Quinn has declared September "Emergency Preparedness Month."
Authorities will work with other states and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to encourage individual plans for homes and businesses.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monkenb says a plan should include where to go and how to communicate during disasters as well as an emergency supply kit.
IEMA relies on its Ready Illinois website during disasters. Updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter. Information is provided about the incident, shelter locations, road closures, safety information and more.
The agency will host its annual emergency management conference Wednesday through Friday in Springfield for more than 1,000 representatives from fire, law enforcement, emergency management and public health.
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has cancelled a Tuesday luncheon appearance before Chicago's business and political elite to head to Washington and begin preparing for congressional debate on possible action in Syria.
The No. 2 Senate Democrat was among the 15 members of Congress briefed on the situation by telephone last week.
President Barack Obama says he'll seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime. He's trying to rally support among Americans and congressmen.
Durbin was to speak about sentencing for non-violent drug offenders Tuesday before the City Club of Chicago. His office issued a notice Monday that as a member of Senate leadership and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he'll be in Washington preparing for debate instead.
Hot spot policing, reducing gun violence and reintegrating former felons into society will be among the topics discussed at an Urban Crime Summit being held in St. Louis and Kansas City.
Police chiefs, mayors and prosecutors from both sides of the state will join with law enforcement experts this month at Attorney General Chris Koster's four-day summit - two days in KC and two in St. Louis.
Both of Missouri's largest cities consistently rank in the top 10 nationally for high levels of violent crime.
Koster said in a statement that violent crime is hurting Missouri families and the state's economy.
Some Missouri counties aren't prepared to issue concealed-carry permits even though a law giving them that responsibility took effect last week. The Southeast Missourian reports that the holdup is occurring in some of the smallest counties in the state.
Bollinger County Sheriff Darin Shell says small counties like his are waiting to receive grant money from the Missouri Sheriff's Association to purchase software that allows them to issue the permits.
A suspect is in custody following an hour-long chase that left police officer injured.
Authorities say the chase started about 4:00 p.m. Monday in Potosi after the suspect took off during a traffic stop.
The suspect stopped briefly for a DeSoto Police officer, but then rammed the police cruiser, causing it to strike the officer.
"The subject stopped outside Potosi, the officer exited his car and then the subject went in reverse. He then hit the officers car." said Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
It's not clear how serious the officer's injuries are.
The chase ended about 5:00 p.m. at Telegraph and Tenbrook in Arnold. The Missouri Highway Patrol says the man got out of the vehicle and surrendered.