Job seekers have a chance to speak to over 50 employers at a job fair later this month.
Southwestern Illinois College is holding their spring job fair from nine to noon on Wednesday, April 24. Job seekers should arrive in business attire with copies of their resume. Career fields from health care to education will be represented and include companies like Schnucks, Edward Jones, and the St. Louis Police Department.
You can find the complete list of participating companies here.
Mass transit company Metro celebrated a milestone anniversary Wednesday.
With the first 50 years in the books, MetroBus is building a reputation as a leader in the industry with new technologies developed in St. Louis that enhance fuel economy, cut pollution and further the focus on running green. Ray Friem is with Metro Transit Services.
The reason St. Louis is becoming that is our maintenance department has developed systems and detection methods that are unique. And so the manufacturers of this equipment are coming to us and saying look we'd like to take advantage of that and test this in your environment.
MetroBus serves 29 millions riders annually.
Thousands of runners are expected to converge on downtown St. Louis as part of the Go! St. Louis Marathon events.
That marathon starts near the Arch and winds all the way to downtown Clayton. The starting gun fires at 7AM Saturday.
The half marathon is drawing a lot of attention this year. Organizers announced a $10,000 first prize--the fourth largest in US history for a half-marathon. The entire weekend of events could draw over 20,000 people.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed a bill that would allow school districts to hire police resource officers.
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, says the measure is part of efforts to keep schools safer after the Connecticut elementary school shooting that killed 20 children.
She says that school resource officers are considered county or municipal employees but her bill would allow school districts to hire them directly.
The bill would also strengthen the state's mandatory child abuse reporting laws by preventing supervisors from impeding a report.
The House voted 129-20 to the send the measure to the Senate Wednesday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill returned to Missouri to push for tougher punishments of military sexual assaults.
The Democratic senator and former Jackson County prosecutor met Wednesday with top officials from the Missouri National Guard at the Guard's Jefferson City headquarters.
Her appearance came one month after senior military leaders were chastised at a Senate hearing because an Air Force commander dismissed the conviction of a lieutenant colonel for sexually assaulting a civilian employee at Aviana Air Force Base in Italy.
McCaskill has introduced legislation to revise the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit commanders from overturning jury verdicts in military tribunals. Those leaders would also have to explain in writing any decisions to reduce sentences after guilty verdicts in court martials.
The man accused of spiking the soup at the Lafayette Center Dierberg's has been arrested.
Police say that John Schwendemann is the person who threw something into a soup crock. Fox 2 reports that Schwendemann voluntarily came to police last (Tuesday) night with his attorney. He says he was in the store on the day of the incident, but said he did not put anything in the soup. Schwendemann faces misdemeanor charges.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he's open to many of the Medicaid changes sought by Republican lawmakers as part of a plan to expand health coverage to low-income adults.
In an unusual move, the Democratic governor met privately for about 45 minutes Wednesday with House Republicans at the Capitol.
Republicans have repeatedly defeated Nixon's plan to expand adult Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of the poverty level, which is about $32,500 for a family of four. A Republican-led House committee was to vote later Wednesday on an alternative that adds fewer adults to Medicaid while injecting more private-sector competition.
Nixon said he's open to a private insurance model for Medicaid and to new co-payment requirements for participants.
States that expand to 138 percent of poverty can receive full federal funding.
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) - One of seven Marines killed last month during a Nevada training exercise is being remembered in his southwestern Illinois hometown as an inclusive person concerned for people.
The body of 26-year-old Cpl. Aaron Ripperda was laid to rest Wednesday after a funeral Mass at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, east of St. Louis.
The 2005 Highland High School graduate was killed March 18 when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube at the sprawling Hawthorne Army Depot.
His father says his son expected to return home for good next month.
The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/10rgMaZ) reports that Rev. Scott Snider told mourners that Ripperda is at peace, and "we look forward to the day when the warriors' work is done and the light of peace breaks across the world."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Monsanto says its net income increased 22 percent in the second quarter on strong sales of its biotech seeds.
The agricultural products company boosted its full-year earnings guidance, citing its strong performance in the first two quarters.
The St. Louis company says it earned $1.48 billion, or $2.74 per share in the three months ended Feb. 13. That compares to earnings of $1.21 billion, or $2.24 per share, a year ago.
Revenue climbed 15 percent to $5.47 billion.
Analysts polled by FactSet expected Monsanto to report earnings of $2.56 per share on sales of $5.27 billion in revenue for the quarter.
Monsanto has dominated the bioengineered-seed business for more than a decade. In recent years the company has focused on growing business in emerging markets like Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American countries.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois businessman who prosecutors say was illegally using jobless benefits to pay tabs at a Hooters restaurant and a hotel in Costa Rica faces more federal charges.
A new indictment Tuesday added four counts against 58-year-old James Quirin of Sauget. Those alleged felonies include tax evasion and false filing.
Quirin's already facing eight counts related to his alleged theft of government money after investigators say he misused a debit card given to people collecting unemployment benefits. Authorities say Quirin charged his Hooters tab and hundreds of dollars in hotel expenses to the debit card in March 2010.
Quirin is accused of working for an excavating firm and fraudulently getting more than $44,000 in unemployment benefits.
A message was left Wednesday with his attorney, Ronald Jenkins.