Temperatures may be in the 70's and 80's but that isn't stopping MoDOT from preparing for wintry weather.
MoDOT is hiring for emergency snow removal crews. They are looking for on-call operators that will help 2,400 full-time employees to maintain over 33,000 miles of roadways. The on-call employees will be trained to supplement MoDOT's snow removal operations.
Pay for the positions average around $14 an hour. More information on the job requirements and where to apply can be found at modot.org or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT.
NORTHWOODS, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis County man is facing charges for allegedly shooting at three young siblings.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Jerome McKay of Northwoods is jailed on $75,000 bond. He is accused of shooting and wounding an 8-year-old boy Friday night. The boy was struck in the arm and taken to a hospital. His 4-year-old brother had a graze wound and was treated at the scene. A 12-year-old boy was unhurt.
Police say McKay is a cousin of one of the boys. Police have not discussed a motive and have not said if the boys were the intended targets.
A water main break in O'Fallon, Missouri has forced the closure of Main Street.
Crews are on the scene, but is is uncertain as to how long drivers will be detoured. Officials hope the road will be re-opened for this afternoon's rush hour. Main Street is currently closed from Civic Park Drive to Elm Street.
Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route.
Riders on the MetroLink could experience short delays this week.
Work is scheduled to start today and is expected to run through Sunday. MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Rock Road and Wellston stations today, Friday, and over the weekend. Red Line passengers could be delayed up to 10 minutes. Tuesday through Thursday, a single track will operate at the UMSL South, UMSL North, and North Hanley stations.
Blue Line passengers could then experience short delays.
The search for a woman reported missing from University of Missouri-St. Louis is over.
University officials issued a missing person alert last week for Allison Reed. Her father dropped her off at a university housing complex around 8 PM Thursday.
A university spokesman says Reed was found at a nearby hospital. She is not currently enrolled in classes, but lives in a students facility.
TROY, Mo. (AP) - A former St. Charles County middle school teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison for secretly videotaping boys as they undressed in a camp shower.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 39-year-old Matthew Hansen of Winfield was sentenced last week for possession of child pornography. Hansen is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in federal court to eight counts of attempted production of child porn. The state and federal sentences will run concurrently.
Hansen is a former math teacher at West Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt district.
Authorities say the crimes happened between 2007 and 2012. School officials have cited evidence that Hansen videotaped at least 80 boys at an outdoor education camp in Cuivre River State Park in Lincoln County.
Researchers from the University of Missouri are making strides to help protect the valuable soybean crop. Scientists at Mizzou, the University of Georgia, and the Beijing Genome Institute have identified two genes can help defend soybeans from the root-knot nematode parasite, which causes more than $50 million of annual yield loss. The research was funded by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Counsil. The United States is the world's largest producer of soybeans, growing roughly 33% of the world's supply.
The boil and water conservation order for St. Charles and St. Peters residents has been lifted this morning. A water main break in a secondary supply line from St. Louis was discovered on Friday. It was repaired, but the boil and conservation order remained in effect until the water could be tested and the water pressure regulated. More than 120-thousand customers in eastern and central St. Charles County were affected. Missouri American Water customers were not affected.
Day one of Chris Koster's Urban Crime Summit gets underway in Kansas City today. Missouri's Attorney General is looking for ways to combat crime in the state's most populated urban centers. After two days of meetings in Kansas City, the summit continues with two days in St. Louis. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will speak in K.C. this morning. The dramatic drop in violent crime in New York will be one topic of discussion along with hot-spot policing and gang migration. Police chiefs from both Kansas City and St. Louis, along with the mayors and St. Louis County officials will take part in the summit both in Kansas City and in St. Louis. These meetings are free and open to the public. The St. Louis sessions will be held this Wednesday and Thursday at the St. Louis University School of Law and will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. .
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - Family and friends will say their formal goodbyes to a 7 year old southern Illinois girl who authorities allege was stabbed to death by her uncle.
Services for Willow Long of the tiny village of Watson in Effingham County are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Effingham High School, followed by private burial.
Twenty-two year old Justin DeRyke was charged last Wednesday with first-degree murder in Willow's death.
Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed his niece to end her suffering after she accidentally fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick near the family's home.
DeRyke is being held on $5 million bond and hiring an attorney. He's set to appear again in court Thursday.