The new Saint Louis University law school at the corner of Tucker and Chestnut is officially open after a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning. Mayor Slay and Father Biondi were among the dignitaries on hand. The building, originally constructed in 1964, underwent a total renovation, as the outside was fitted with a shiny glass skin that runs up and down the middle and across the top of the building. The law school also features a new rooftop pavilion and patio, all for the cost of $32 million dollars.
Authorities say dozens of people face drug or weapons charges as part of a crackdown in parts of the metro-east that the St. Clair County prosecutor says are "in a state of lawlessness."
State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says most of the more than 50 people charged are from East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton and Cahokia. The three-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Wild, Wild East" was funded by a federal grant overseen by Illinois State Police.
Kelly says the communities where the alleged offenses took place don't have enough policing, and that laws simply aren't being enforced.
Smoke from a blaze at a recycling plant could cause problems for some drivers in the Earth City area Friday morning. Smoke was reported to be hanging over Highway 370 near Missouri Bottom Road just before sunrise.
The fire began in large mulch piles along Missouri Bottom Road near Earth City Expressway around midnight. As of 5 a.m., fire crews were still trying to put it out.
Hazelwood police had blocked several local roads around that fire scene.
Three people are dead and a fourth is injured after a convertible crashed into the deck of a Wildwood home last night. The crash happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Homestead Manor Drive near Babler State Park.
Monarch Fire Protection District spokesman Roger Herin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that all of the victims were in their late teens or early twenties. Two were pronounced dead at the scene. A third died after being airlifted to a hospital. The fourth victim suffered minor injuries.
Two people who'd been sitting on the deck when it was hit were not hurt.
Herin says the cause of the crash isn't known, but speed may have been a factor.
Three St. Louis Community College employees are looking for work after they were let go on Thursday.
The firings were connected a critical report that examined the attack of a student on the Meramec campus last spring. District Police Chief Robert Stewart, Meramec Campus Police Chief Paul Banta and VP of Student Affairs Linden Crawford were all shown the door.
On April 18, 2013 19 year old Blythe Grupe was attacked in a Meramec campus bathroom. College instructor Aurora Hill heard Grupe's cries for help and interrupted the assault, holding the suspect, 19 year old Jevon Mallory, until police arrived.
In their report, investigators cited the school's failure to notify students and staff about the attack. Campus police were criticized for releasing the suspect, then allowing him to return to campus five days later, and for withholding information from prosecutors.
The Board of Trustees of St. Louis Community College had retained Armstrong Teasdale LLP to perform an investigation after concerns were raised about the school's handling of the attack. The full 18 page report is available on the college's website.
St. Louis city residents have a chance to weigh-in on a proposed saggy pants ban.
Alderwoman Marlene Davis is holding a pair of public meetings on the proposal. She says saggy pants can cause health problems like arthritis or sterility.
Tonight's forum is underway, but another is scheduled for Tuesday evening at Long Middle School.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Officials in south-central Missouri's Pulaski County say at least 90 percent of their roads were damaged by last week's heavy flooding.
Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk tells KOLR-TV the damage to 65 percent of the roadways in the county is considered major. About two dozen low-water crossings were washed out and remain closed.
Pulaski County was among the hardest hit by floods that swamped much of southern Missouri amid several days of rain. A 23-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son died when their car was caught in a flash flood in Waynesville.
The Red Cross and other agencies opened a one-stop relief center Tuesday in Waynesville for homeowners and others needing help with flood-related losses. The Red Cross says more than 200 families had registered for assistance by Wednesday afternoon.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The federal government says several Missouri entities will share up to $1.8 million in grants to help people sign up for insurance through a new online marketplace.
Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions will get more than $1 million to lead a coalition of 11 health care and social service organizations that are supposed to raise awareness about health insurance options.
An additional $750,000 will go to the Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging for outreach and education efforts.
The Missouri grants are among $67 million being awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide "navigators" for participants in health insurance exchanges.
Enrollment through the online marketplaces begins Oct. 1. Missouri's health insurance exchange is being run by the federal government.
A St. Louis Ram is back in the news for his off-field actions.
Defensive end Robert Quinn has fulfilled the obligations set forth after being convicted for drunk driving. Quinn had to attend classes and programs to prevent a future DWI. Quinn pleaded guilty to Driving While Under the Influence after being arrested following an accident on the exit ramp of eastbound I-270 and Washington/Elizabeth.
Authorities are asking for help to find a man who is facing charges connected to a double shooting late Wednesday night.
Around 11:30PM, Rico Combs allegedly entered the apartment where his three children lived with their mother, and opened fire. Police say he killed one man and shot another--leaving him in critical condition. Court documents say Combs hit the mother with his gun in front of the kids, who are 3, 5 and 7 years old.
Police ask anyone with information on Combs' whereabouts to call the CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.