Alton Fire Chief Rich Mersinger says a Bethalto man was burned on his face and heads when a cigarette he was smoking ignited his oxygen tank.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports the man, described only as in his mid-50s, was injured Wednesday.
Mersinger says the victim appeared to have suffered first- and second-degree burns.
The man was treated at the scene before being taken to an Alton hospital. His medical status is not immediately clear.
Mersinger considers the case a reminder that people should refrain from smoking when they're using oxygen or are indoors where it's in use. He says oxygen is a fire hazard.
Midwest BankCentre continues to respond to the security incident involving more than 100 loan applications.
Bank officials say they're in the process of contacting the affected individuals by phone or overnight mail to provide them with enrollment details for one free year of the LifeLock Ultimate service.
The Secret Service and the FBI investigations into the data breach are ongoing.
Bank officials say their own investigation is also underway. They are encouraging customers with any questions about the breach or the LifeLock offer to call.
Some schools initially closed after Wednesday night's storms will be open today.
Shenandoah Elementary School in Chesterfield will hold classes today, despite roof damage. Parkway District officials say some students will meet in different classrooms until repairs are made.
Some schools in the Hazelwood district will also be back open today, but several other remain closed. Classes are cancelled at Hazelwood West High School, West Middle School, McNair Elementary, Russell Elementary, Armstrong Elementary, and West Early Childhood Center. After school activities are also cancelled.
The Internal Revenue Service is warning metro-east tax-filers about a scam that could cost them.
IRS officials in Illinois say phoney tax preparers are luring mostly low-income and non-English-speakers with promises of big tax refunds.
The scammers may appear very legitimate, often setting up shop in a storefront office. They use the victim's personal and financial information to file false tax returns, pocketing the money.
The victims don't get a refund, and some have lost federal benefits, like social security or veterans benefits because of the scams.
IRS officials say taxpayers should be wary of tax preparers who don't ask for proof of income and eligibility for credits and deductions.
Patriot Coal is offering the mine workers union a 35 percent stake in the reorganized company. The offer is aimed at winning support for benefit and wage cuts for thousands of active miners, retirees and beneficiaries. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Patriot sent the offer to the United Mine Workers of America on Wednesday.
The move comes less than three weeks before the Creve Coeur-based coal producer and the union are set to clash in a bankruptcy hearing after negotiating over the proposed cuts for months. Patriot says it must cut $150-million in operating expenses in order to survive. The company says they only place left to cut is wages and benefits.
Patriot spun off from St. Louis-based Peabody Energy in 2007, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July of last year.
A four vehicle crash near Tower Grove Park leaves one man dead.
Police say a 61-year-old man hit three cars and then a tree. He died at the scene. The accident reconstruction team is headed to the crash site in the 2600 block of Kingshighway.
A jury has recommended life in prison for the 20-year-old St Louis man who was convicted for his part in the death of Vietnamese man during a 2011 knockout game attack.
20-year-old Elex Murphy has been found guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action for the attack on 72-year-old Hoang Hguyen and his 59-year-old wife.
The morning attack happened last April in the 3800 block of S. Spring. Police said the Nguyens were attacked as they walked home after shopping at a nearby grocery market.
The victims were punched and kicked repeatedly by a group of young adults. The elderly man fell to the ground after being beaten and suffered a severe head injury. He died at a local hospital a short time later.
The teens ran when a car approached.
Days later, Elex Murphy was arrested and charged. No other teens have been arrested.
Shenandoah Valley Elementary in Chesterfield remains closed today but will be open tomorrow.
Parkway School District officials say some students will be moved to other classrooms, but remain in the school.
Benetta Johnson was convicted today for causing a pit bull puppy to be dragged for miles down Interstate 55.
A judge delivered her sentence almost immediately after the verdict. Johnson will serve two years probation and perform 150 hours of community service. She is also barred from owning of caring for a pet for two years. Johnson had her son tie their puppy to the back of her ex-husbands pickup truck. He unknowingly dragged the dog down the highway.
The puppy, named Trooper by the Humane Society, has made a remarkable recovery.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer wants federal officials to explain their agencies' roles in the transfer from Missouri of personal information including names of people with concealed weapons permits.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Thursday it twice provided a list of 163,000 Missourians with concealed-carry permits to a federal investigator checking into Social Security fraud. But patrol officials also said the names weren't read because of a technical glitch.
Luetkemeyer, whose U.S. House district includes Jefferson City, wrote Thursday to the Social Security Administration and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
He wants answers to 10 questions, including whether federal agencies requested a complete list of Missourians with concealed gun permits and whether they sought other information. Luetkemeyer also asked how information is to be used and whether data has been shared.