A relief fund is now accepting donations to benefit families affected by flooding in one part of southern Missouri.
The fund was established by the Meramec Regional Community Foundation. All donations will be directed toward relief efforts in Pulaski County. The hardest hit area was Waynesville--with a population of around 5,000. The initial donation was made by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
You can donate by clicking here and then typing "Pulaski County Flood Relief Fund" in the field for the fund or program you're donating to.
You can donate by check as well: Mail checks to
Pulaski County Flood Relief fund to Meramec Regional Community Foundation,
4 Industrial Dr.
St. James, Mo. 65559.
A pair of St. Louis area sisters now share an even closer bond--they gave birth on the same day.
Fox 2 reports that Stacy Henning and Shanon Blase both gave birth yesterday at Mercy Hospital. Stacy gave birth to a little girl and Shanon had a boy.
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that layoffs with Patch.com are headed to St. Louis.
Across the company up to 500 employees are expected to lose their jobs and a total of 300 Patch sites could be closed. Patch employs 15 people to operate 24 Patch websites in the area.
Patch.com provides extremely local news.
The call for help is going out in Florissant.
Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for copper thieves in the area. Police say the burglars target unoccupied homes to remove the copper piping. They take the piping and sell it to scrap yards. The thieves often dress as construction workers to confuse neighbors.
Police are encouraging anyone who notices suspicious activities to report them.
CHICAGO (AP) - Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan are trying to speed up the resolution of a lawsuit they filed against Gov. Pat Quinn over his decision to cut lawmakers' pay.
A spokeswoman for Cullerton says the two leaders are asking a Cook County Circuit judge to rule on the merits of the case following Sept. 18 oral arguments, rather than just on a motion for a preliminary injunction.
Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislative salaries from the state budget as a consequence for lawmakers' failure to address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
Madigan and Cullerton say the line-item veto is unconstitutional and violates the separation of powers.
Lawmakers, who already missed their August paycheck, would miss another one before the motion would be decided.
The Wentzville City Administrator died this morning.
T. Michael McDowell was 60 years old. McDowell served in the role since March 4. He previously worked as the city manager of Olivette and city administrator in Creve Coeur. The Wentzville Board of Aldermen plans to meet this afternoon to appoint and interim city administrator.
A police are looking for two suspects after a high speed chase.
The pursuit started after a home invasion in Jennings Friday morning. The suspects sped away from officers and led them on a chase. The pursuit ended in downtown St. Louis. The suspects ran into a nearby building. Police have formed a perimeter around the building.
Eastbound I-64 has re-opened following a fiery two-car crash overnight that killed one person. A wrong way driver ran head on into an oncoming car. It happened about 2 a.m. in the construction zone near Jefferson Avenue. Eastbound 64 remains closed at Jefferson. Drivers can use I-44 as alternate.
Officials have suspended the search for a man whose boat was hit by a barge early this morning.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has identified the boat owner as Dennis McMenamy of Richmond Heights. Investigators did not confirm that McMenamy was on the boat, but say they found a wallet, cell phone, fishing poles, and other personal items on the fishing vessel.
His family says he often goes fishing overnight and in the early morning.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former Missouri political leaders are teaming up to share the lessons of their high-profile falls from grace.
Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton and ex-state senator Jeff Smith each wrote a chapter in a new book called "The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis." They appeared at a University City pizzeria in a recent promotional appearance.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/15UonUO ) reports that the one-time political adversaries are now contrite about their mistakes.
Smith is a Democrat who served nearly a year in prison for lying to federal investigators after an unsuccessful 2004 campaign for Congress.
Jetton, a Republican, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received probation following a 2009 consensual sexual encounter in which a woman claimed he choked her into unconsciousness.