JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Parts of southern Missouri experienced flash flooding this past month. Now parts of northern Missouri are in a flash drought.
That's the phrase being used to describe the sudden onset of drought conditions due to a spike in hot, dry, sunny days with low humidity.
A U.S. Drought Monitor map released last week shows that about a dozen northern Missouri counties are in a severe drought, and moderate drought conditions cover almost the whole northern half of the state.
University of Missouri climatologist Pat Guinan says this may have been the driest August since 1984 in northern Missouri. But because of cooler conditions earlier this summer, he says most crops were in decent condition until the last 10 days of August.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for possessing child pornography.
The Rev. William F. Vatterott was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
Vatterott was indicted in April after authorities alleged he possessed at least two images of an unidentified nude boy on his computer.
He has served at churches in Ballwin and St. Cecilia Parish in the city of St. Louis. He was placed on administrative leave in 2011 after a complaint was filed with Ballwin police.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A gathering of stunt motorcyclists in the St. Louis region is off to a testy start.
St. Louis police on Thursday night arrested 23 people and towed 24 motorcycles from an area near Interstate 70.
Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson says officers observed about 40 motorcyclists driving recklessly through the city. She says they were doing stunts on city streets, running red lights, driving on sidewalks and driving on the wrong side of the road.
Jackson says the motorcyclists fled when police approached. Those apprehended are expected to be charged with careless and reckless driving. Fifteen of the suspects are from outside the St. Louis area.
The riders are in St. Louis for the annual "Ride of the Century" gathering sponsored by a St. Louis stunt team known as Streetfighterz.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri authorized more than $7 million of additional tax credits shortly before the expiration of a program aimed at redeveloping large impoverished or blighted areas.
Documents provided by the Department of Economic Development show it authorized nearly $5.8 million of tax credits for a Joplin entity responsible for redeveloping areas hit by a 2011 tornado. The agency also authorized an additional $1.4 million of tax credits for a north St. Louis project spearheaded by developer Paul McKee.
Both tax credit authorizations occurred Wednesday - the final day possible under a 2007 law that created the "Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit." That law allowed $95 million of tax credits. But the program used just half that amount before expiring.
McKee lobbied unsuccessfully this year for lawmakers to extend the program.
The first heat-related death in St. Louis County has been confirmed. A 65-year-old Ferguson woman was found dead yesterday...her air conditioner was not working. In addition to the death, nine people have been treated for heat-related illnesses, and one has been hospitalized. A heat advisory remains in effect for the St. Louis area until 7:00pm on Saturday.
Whenever temperatures rise above 95 degrees, the Saint Louis County Department of Health recommends the following:
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.
Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.
Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.
Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.
Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long – food spoils rapidly in the heat.
Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or able to react accordingly –especially young children and the elderly. Check on your neighbors and relatives if they may be vulnerable or do not have air conditioning.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.
Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!
It's a sobering fact for millions of young women heading back to school: The more alcohol they drink before motherhood, the greater their risk of developing breast cancer. In a study published online this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine say they have linked increased breast cancer risk to drinking. The study concluded that if a female averages a drink per day between early adolescence and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 11 percent. The researchers also found that for every bottle of beer, glass of wine or shot of liquor consumed daily, a young woman increases her risk of benign breast disease by 15 percent. Although such lesions are noncancerous, their presence increases breast cancer risk by as much as 500 percent.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Three more women are accused in southwestern Illinois in the 2011 attack on a Red Lobster waitress who was pummeled after serving the wrong fish order.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the latest charges come about a week after one of the defendants, 21-year-old Ania Wilkes of Ferguson, Mo., was convicted of felony assault and mob action. She awaits sentencing October 3rd.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged Denise McNeal of Jennings, Missouri and Lareka McNeal and Diane Ryland, both of St. Louis, with aggravated battery and mob action.
The victim, Heather Frink, says she was punched and pushed by diners at one table after she brought broiled fish instead of the requested fried fish.
Online court records don't show whether the three newly charged people have attorneys.
LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Two Interstate 55 rest stops in central Illinois now bear the name of a state trooper killed on the freeway last year.
Kyle Deatherage's family joined Illinois State Police in dedicating signs Thursday that designate the rest stops near Litchfield in Deatherage's honor. The action was approved earlier this year by Illinois' General Assembly.
Deatherage was a 32 year old motorcycle trooper when he was hit and killed by a passing tractor-trailer last November during a traffic stop along the highway, about 45 miles south of Springfield.
The trucker, 52 year old Johnny Felton Jr. of Hinesville, GA, is charged with reckless homicide and operating a commercial motor vehicle without a proper license. He has pleaded not guilty.
Deatherage was a married father of two children and had been a trooper since May 2009.
Texas Governor Rick Perry says that unless Missouri lawmakers override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut, he won't be the only governor trying to lure business from the Show-me State. Perry made the comments Thursday evening while speaking at a pro-tax cut rally in Chesterfield.
Perry had spent the day in the St. Louis area pushing for the override of Nixon's veto of House Bill 253.
Nixon crisscrossed the state Thursday, telling crowds that the tax cut would imperil critical services like education and risk the state's Triple-A tax rating.
Both men spent Thursday morning discussing their positions with McGraw Milhaven on his KTRS morning show. Nixon continued to criticize the Texas Governor for trying to "poach" business, while Perry said it's merely competition in a very competitive arena.
Perry also told McGraw that $40 million in business leaves Missouri for Texas every year, although he could not name any specific business. Nixon contests that figure.
The Missouri Governor said the bottom line is that states should be competing against the world for a piece of the economic pie, not slicing into each other's portion.
A federal judge from outside the Southern District of Illinois will preside over the drug trial of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook. That after U.S. District Court Judge William Stiehl recused himself on Wednesday.
Chief Judge David Herndon told the Belleville News Democrat that he's requested that the chief judge for the federal 7th Circuit in Illinois assign a new judge after determining that all of the judges in the Southern District would recuse themselves.
Cook has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor heroine charges and felony weapons charges. His trial is scheduled to begin October 1st.