Limited seating is available for next week's "It's in the Cards" Gala.
The event benefits the Thompson Foundation for Autism, which supplies assistance to families of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Center Director Dr. Stephen Kanne tells KTRS News the gala shines light on the issue, but it isn't enough on its own, "Autism isn't something for us that happens once a year during the gala. You know, we have to deal with the issue yearlong as do the families and kids."
Dr. Kanne says anyone can donate at thompsonfoundation.org.
There are also resources there for families who think their children might have autism spectrum disorder.
An Affton man admitted to giving alcohol to his preteen stepson just hours before the boy drowned in the Meramec River.
Todd Combs told prosecutors he had supplied alcohol to several minors, including 12-year-old Christopher Marks, on August 5 of last year. The family was having a picnic in the Pacific Palisades conservation area. Family members told police Marks went to use a rope swing by the river, but never returned.
After days of searching, teams found the boy's body miles downstream.
Combs will be sentenced next month for seven counts of child endangerment.
Lambert Airport is being rewarded for what analysts are calling "prudent fiscal management".
The Fitch Ratings Agency upgraded the facilities credit rating to BBB+. The rating cited stability in air traffic and an adequate ability to meet financial commitments.
Fitch assigns ratings that range from D at the low end up to AAA. BBB+ is considered in to be at the high end of mid-grade investments.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Public school administrators say some local districts would have to raise property taxes if they're forced to cover the cost of teacher pensions.
The school officials testified Thursday at a special hearing called by House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The Chicago Democrat says suburban and downstate districts get a "free lunch" because the state pays their teacher pension costs. He says Illinois is in grave financial trouble and the districts must be part of the solution.
The administrators say potential tax increases would depend on how much money districts have and how much of the burden the state shifts to districts.
Public university representatives also testified Thursday. They say the change could result in a 2 percent tuition increase.
Madigan has vowed to address the issue before the General Assembly adjourns.
A home improvement project is being blamed for the explosion at a St. Peters home.
Officials with the Cottleville Fire Protection District say a contractor was working to refinish a concrete floor, but did not have adequate ventilation. The contractor also said the hot water heater was left on, prompting the explosion.
The house will need major work before it is livable again.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says House Speaker Michael Madigan's pension-reform plan deserves a Senate vote.
The Democratic governor said the proposal is comprehensive.
Illinois has nearly $100 billion in pension debt because of years of state underfunding.
Senate President John Cullerton has a different idea he plans to call for a vote Thursday afternoon. Public employee unions back that proposal.
The House approved the Madigan bill last week. It would require employees to pay 2 percent more toward retirement benefits. It would reduce annual cost-of-living increases for retirees and raise the retirement age for workers under 45.
Cullerton's proposal would offer employees a choice between health insurance or cost-of-living increases. He says it would survive a court challenge.
Two late-night joggers were robbed near Carondelet Park around 12:30 this morning.
The victims told police a car pulled up next to them and the driver asked for directions. When one of the joggers approached the car, three teens assaulted him and stole his cell phone. The suspects piled into the car and sped off.
Police arrested two suspects in connection to the crime and a third is being held by juvenile authorities Two suspects remain at large. Police say the suspects are all thought to be between 15 and 18 years old.
A toddler, found wandering in a South County apartment complex this morning, is safe-and-sound, back home with his family.
Police say the two year-old boy was able to walk out of the apartment after his older brother left the door open. A groundskeeper at the Port Apartments in Oakville found the toddler around 11:20 morning.
They found the boy's father just a short time later, he had been taking a nap when the child left the house.
People parking in the Central West End have a new way to pay at meters.
The newly-installed meters will accept credit cards. It is part of the "No Change, No Problem" campaign. The new meters will be unveiled at a ceremony tomorrow at the corner of Euclid and Maryland.
More information can be found at the City Treasurer's website here.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have prepared a budget that could force Gov. Jay Nixon to choose between developmentally disabled children and low-income seniors.
The nearly $25 billion operating budget being considered Thursday by lawmakers assumes more than $55 million of savings from the elimination of a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing.
The budget would spend that money on early childhood programs for the developmentally disabled, health care for the blind and medical clinics that treat low-income people.
Nixon has said he would veto a repeal of the renters tax break unless it's part of a broader tax-credit overhaul. But if he does, then the early childhood programs and health care initiatives would lose money.
Lawmakers hope that will compel Nixon to accept the plan.