ST. LOUIS (AP) - A bankrupt coal producer says it has imposed wage and benefit cuts affecting thousands of its workers, but that the pullbacks are less severe than those authorized by a judge.
But St. Louis-based Patriot Coal Corp. added Tuesday that it will keep retiree health care benefits unchanged for the next two months.
Patriot didn't detail the cuts it has adopted, more than a month after a bankruptcy judge empowered Patriot to abandon its collective-bargaining agreements.
Patriot says its continued bargaining with the United Mine Workers of America union has produced "substantial progress."
A spokesman for the union isn't talking publicly about Patriot's cuts imposed Monday, saying only that the union is still meeting with the company to make further improvements over the bankruptcy court's order.
After lunch tomorrow, customers of six area Qdoba restaurants will have to fund another place to eat.
The Mexican restaurant chain will be permanently closing six restaurants Wednesday at 3 PM. The closures include restaurants at Mid Rivers Mall, Wentzville, Euclid Ave, Olive at Mason Road, Washington, and Fairview Heights locations.
A Qdoba spokesperson says several other metro locations will remain open.
The search for a northern Illinois man and his teenage son who disappeared on the Meramec River will resume after sunrise Wednesday.
St. Louis County Police say the man's wife reported the pair missing early Tuesday afternoon. She told police she'd last seen her husband, 36 year old Mike Hill and her 16 year old son David near the Pacific Palisades launch two hours before. They had been gathering up fishing gear.
Police say there's been no sign of them or their fishing gear and so far, they have found nothing to indicate that the pair has drowned.
The economic progress continues in St. Charles County with today's announcement that the Family Arena has landed a new tenant. The St. Charles Chill will open its inaugural season in the Central Hockey League in mid-October. Mark Reifsteck is the General Manager for the Arena and he says sports teams give the facility a solid financial base of operations.
"We've added in the last probably four months 63 event dates with the Monsters, the Ambush and now the Chill, so that's a lot. It's good", says Reifsteck.
The Chill faces off October 15th. Their first opponent has not been announced. The team will be coached by former St. Louis Blues defenseman Jamie Rivers.
A trial date is set for the O'Fallon, Missouri man accused of killing a Caruthersville police officer.
The trial of 31-year-old Deonta Williamson will start January 27. Prosecutors say Williamson first tried to set his stepfather on fire and burn down his home in O'Fallon. Hours later Police saw the suspect driving a stolen SUV on Missouri 84 in the bootheel. Officers set up spike strips to stop Williamson, but he rammed a police cruiser. The collision killed officer Evan Burns.
In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Williamson faces assault, arson and armed criminal action charges from the O’Fallon incident.
Unemployment is trending down in the St. Louis area.
The unemployment rate in the metro area sits at 7% in May--that is down from the level last year. The local unemployment rate is also lower than the national level of 7.3 percent.
The St. Louis workforce now sits just a bit above 1.3 million.
Parents of students in one Jefferson County school district can expect a letter after a tense incident Tuesday morning.
The bomb and arson team was called to House Springs Elementary after a suspicious was found near the school. Investigators determined the package was a bundle of sparklers. The superintendent of Northwest R-1 District plans to send a letter to parents about the incident.
Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel's campaign to return property to its rightful owner is breaking records.
Zweifel's office has returned nearly $40 million in fiscal year 2013. Compare that to around $38 million last year. Zweifel says there is still room for improvement in the program. There is still over $230 million in unclaimed property for the St. Louis region.
You can check to see if you have unclaimed property at showmemoney.com.
Troubled homeowners could be getting some help as soon as next week.
Borrowers who are at least 90 days behind on their mortgage and have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will start receiving offers from lenders to lower payments. This is part of an effort called the "Streamlined Modification Initiative". The exact number of homeowners who will receive offers is not known.
A couple of other restrictions on eligible loans; owners cannot be more than 24 months behind and the loan has to be at least a year old.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is going to remain closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage.
The outage started just before 9 AM. Just a few visitors were in the museum when the power went out. It is not known what caused the outage. The museum is set to open tomorrow at 10 AM.