A Missouri teenager has pleaded guilty after running over and killing a toddler in June. Charles Guice (Geis) entered his plea Thursday in St. Louis County Court to leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16. Guice was speeding without a license on June 16 when he hit 2-year-old Darion Griffin as he tried to cross a street in front of his grandmother's house. It happened in the 1500 block of Redman Road in Spanish Lake. The boy's 17-year-old aunt also was hit when she tried to pull him out of the way of the car. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Guice, who was 17 at the time, told police he left the scene because he was afraid.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal review of the 2011 Joplin tornado is calling for stronger building codes and more storm shelters in vulnerable areas.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its 492 page draft report Thursday at a Joplin news conference. The U.S. Department of Commerce agency calls the study the first to take a systematic look at how communities across the country can better prepare for twisters.
The study's recommendations include improved emergency communication systems to better warn residents of approaching danger. But institute officials emphasized that most of the power to make such changes rests with state and local governments and private businesses.
The May 2011 Joplin tornado destroyed 8,000 buildings and killed 161 people, making it the country's deadliest single tornado since records have been kept.
Union electrical workers are protesting outside the new city police headquarters because of a subcontractor on the project.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union says Tom Ruzicka is an officer in R.E. Contracting. Ruzicka pleaded guilty in 2010 to stealing more than $100,000 from his employees' retirement accounts. He was also cited by the state in 2007 for underpaying employees.
City leaders say they can't legally remove a subcontractor from the project.
Police headquarters will move into a refurbished building in the 1900 block of Olive.
Tuition is probably going up at all four University of Missouri campuses next year.
The university's Board of Curators met yesterday at the UMSL campus to begin weighing a recommendation that an increase be tied to the nation's inflation rate. The rate is based on the Consumer Price Index for December and won't be known until next month. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that budget projections expect it to be about 1.7 percent.
The board could vote on the amount of the increase in January.
Some non-resident students will pay even more. Graduate and undergraduate students the Columbia campus will see a 3 percent hike. And graduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will pay 6 percent more next fall.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is asking the FBI to help in the investigation of suspicious financial dealings at the county health department. Chief Fitch has asked the FBI to conduct a forensic investigation into the financial records involving former health department administrator Ed Mueth.
County police are trying to determine if Mueth had co-conspirators when he allegedly used a bogus computer company to steal millions of dollars from the county before committing suicide.
Chief Fitch says his department has received hundreds of pages of subpoenaed records and wants to question dozens of people over Mueth's financial dealings.
Ameren's sale of five Illinois coal-fired power plants to Dynegy, Inc. will likely close next month. That after the Illinois Pollution Control board on Thursday granted Dynegy permission to defer the installation of multi-million dollar pollution controls for five years.
Ameren had agreed to the improvements years ago, but said approval of the environmental variance was a condition of the sale.
In a 3-1 vote, state regulators decided that forcing Dynegy to install the soot scrubbers immediately would "impose an arbitrary and unreasonable hardship."
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration will work quickly and aggressively to land Boeing Co.'s next-generation commercial aircraft.
Boeing is expected to choose a location for producing the 777X by early January. Nixon said Thursday that he met with company leaders in St. Louis. The governor said the meeting was productive.
Nixon says production of the 777X would be a "massive shot in the arm" for Missouri's economy.
Boeing currently employs about 15,000 people in Missouri.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed to a state appeals court an attorney whose practice focused on workers' compensation law.
Phil Hess, of Sunset Hills, was named Thursday to the Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District. Hess has practiced law in St. Louis for more than 30 years and was the president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys from 2011 to 2012.
Under Missouri's judicial selection process, a state commission selects three nominees for vacancies on appellate courts. The governor appoints one who later appears on the ballot for a retention vote.
Hess is replacing Judge Kathianne Knaup Crane, who retired in August. The other finalists were James Dowd and Michael David, who is a circuit judge in St. Louis.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislative leaders discussed a developing plan to deal with Illinois' $100 billion pension crisis as the state's biggest employee unions planned a lobbying push to oppose it.
The "We are One Coalition" represents the state's major public employee unions. It alerted members this week about "emergency call-in days" next week and on Dec. 2-3.
Members are being asked to call lawmakers and urge them to vote against pension bills that don't have union support.
Legislative leaders spoke Thursday about a plan they say could save close to $150 billion over 30 years. Officials reported progress but said more meetings are expected. Lawmakers have been alerted about a possible special session on Dec. 3.
Unions say they weren't consulted about the plan and that they think elements of it are unconstitutional.
KTRS, St. Louis - Thanks to an organization that helps homeless children and at risk youth, a group of local executives will get a chance to experience the conditions these kids live in.
Covenant House is organizing the event. 20 business executives will spend the night sleeping on the streets tonight.
The event started to bring awareness to the city’s 2,500 homeless children.