WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's received a phone call from President Barack Obama after fatal storms hit Obama's home state.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Monday that Quinn received the call on his cellphone while touring damage in the central Illinois community of Washington. The community was among the hardest hit. The White House confirmed the call, saying Obama relayed concern and expressed gratitude for the responders.
Quinn gave Obama an update on the damage, relief efforts and emergency response. Quinn was with Washington Mayor Gary Manier, who also spoke to Obama.
Authorities say six people died in Sunday's storms when tornadoes flattened homes and caused severe damage. So far seven counties have been declared state disaster areas.
Chesterfield police have located an elderly man reported missing Monday evening. The Endangered SILVER advisory has been cancelled.
Police had issued the advisory after 93 year old Sam Esgro didn't return home from a trip to Culvers on Chesterfield Airport Road. Employees at the ice cream shop had told police that Esgro seemed confused when he stopped there about 6 p.m.
Police say Esgro was located overnight in Earth City.
A series of meeting start tomorrow. The purpose? To allow the public to discuss the feasibility of a city-county merger.
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 PM at the Cheshire Inn and will feature Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley. The group hosting the mmetings is Better Together. They describe themselves as a non-partisan effort to collect information on a possible merger.
St. Louis City and County have had separate governments since 1876, that is when the city broke away from the county. Better Together's sponsored meetings will run for the next 16 months.
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The Salvation Army joins the growing list of organizations providing aid in areas hit by yesterday's tornadoes.
Canteen trucks were sent to several places, including New Minden, Illinois. The canteen is used to serve hot meals to first responders while rescue and recovery efforts continue. You can donate money to the Salvation Army by texting STORM to 80888 and then reply YES to the confirmation to finalize the donation.
You can also donate at: http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/usc/2013-storms
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has refused to halt the execution of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, calling his crime in Missouri a "cowardly and calculated shooting."
Nixon's office announced the decision Monday afternoon.
Franklin is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing 42-year-old Gerald Gordon in a sniper attack outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977. It was one of as many as 20 killings committed by Franklin, who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980. He was convicted of seven other murders but the Missouri case was the only one resulting in a death sentence.
The execution would be the first in Missouri in nearly three years and the first ever in the state to use a single execution drug, the sedative pentobarbital.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A rare St. Louis coin collection that sold for $23 million at a two-day New York City auction began when the collection's 102-year-old owner received an 1859 one-cent piece nine decades ago from his grandfather.
Retired St. Louis lawyer Eric P. Newman only paid about $7,500 for the 1,800 piece collection sold at auction. Auctioneer Jim Halperin says the items represent just one-third of Newman's total collection.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward supporting the nonprofit Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. The society operates the Newman Money Museum, which is part of the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Newman is a 1935 law graduate of the school.
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) - Officials say George Zimmerman has been arrested in Florida.
A Seminole County Sheriff's Office statement says Zimmerman was arrested Monday afternoon after deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando. Zimmerman will be transported and booked into jail.
The statement provided few other details, and it was not immediately known what charges he faced.
Monday's arrest was just the latest legal trouble for the former neighborhood watch volunteer, who was acquitted earlier this year of all charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September. Police said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.
That dispute took place just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.
Police officers were not able to save two people from a fiery crash over the weekend.
The single-car accident happened on I-170 on Sunday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Nicholas Nelson's car left the road, hit a median cable and sign, then flipped over and caught fire. An off-duty St. Louis County police officer and Berkley officers tried to put out the fire and rescue the occupants, but failed.
Nelson and passenger Ilana Elbert both died.
DETROIT (AP) - Officials have confirmed two storm-related deaths in Michigan, raising to eight the toll from the heavy rain, powerful winds and tornadoes that formed across the region.
The Shiawassee County sheriff's department says 59-year-old Philip Daniel Smith of Perry in central Michigan was found dead and entangled in high-voltage power wires after going outside late Sunday to investigate a noise.
Also in central Michigan, Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand says 21-year-old Ryan Allan Rickman of Leslie died when his vehicle was crushed by a fallen tree Sunday evening.
A band of storms moved across the Midwest on Sunday, unleashing powerful winds that flattened homes and left cars, trees and belongings strewn across neighborhoods. Officials say the storms also killed six people in Illinois.