It's one of the biggest parades of the year in St. Louis. The 125th annual Annie Malone May Day Parade will march through downtown Sunday afternoon.
In light of recent violence at a New Orleans parade and the Boston Marathon bombing, St. Louis police are adjusting their security plan. Police Chief Sam Dotson says the plan includes both plain clothed and uniformed officers and communications with FBI and state law enforcement officers.
"It includes an intelligence component," Dotson said. "Are there any threats against the parade? And the first answer to that is no, there aren't."
Dotson says parade goers can play a role in keeping the event safe by leaving their guns at home, and paying attention to their surroundings. Dotson says police will be very visible along the parade route Sunday and if parade-goers see someone acting strangely, like wearing a long coat or a trench coat that's inappropriate for the weather, they should point that individual out to an officer.
Parade organizers say they've also contracted private security for the event.
A Powerball player in the St. Louis area will soon have a fatter wallet. That's because a $1 million winning ticket was sold at a South County liquor store.
While no one won matched all six numbers to win Wednesday's $360 million jackpot, Missouri Lottery officials say a ticket matching all five white balls was sold at Telegraph Liquors in the 5600 block of Telegraph Road. That ticket is worth $1 million.
A $10,000 ticket was also sold at a QuikTrip in Ellisville.
Since there was no big winner Wednesday, the jackpot for Saturday's drawing has increased to an estimated $550 million.
St. Louis police say a bizarre case of road rage left a 43 year old man dead.
It began around noon yesterday, when a box truck apparently cut off a Lincoln Navigator on westbound Inerstate 70.
Police say the SUV followed the truck to the Union Blvd. exit, ramming the box truck several times. At the light at Margaretta and Union, the driver of the SUV got out of his vehicle and began hitting the truck with a hammer, striking the driver before jumping onto the truck's hood. When the truck turned onto Margaretta, the attacking man fell off and was injured.
The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police have not yet released his identity.
A local non-profit needs your help to assemble a tribute to a jewel of St. Louis.
Thursday marked the 50,000th day since Forest Park was opened. To commemorate the anniversary, Forest Park Forever wants to collect 50,000 memories of the park.
Lesley Hoffarth, President of Forest Park Forever, invites residents to share their memories in person, or online through Twitter, Facebook, or email. Memories can be dropped off with a picture at the Forest Park Visitor Center Monday - Friday between 6 AM and 8 PM. On Twitter and Instagram users should use #FPF50K to mark their memories. Or they can be added to the group's Facebook page.
She also says there are plans underway to improve the park, including one project that should be popular, "We are going to update the signs!" She adds, "It is the number one complaint we get from people, that they can't find their way around.' The signs were designed in coordination with all of the different attractions in the park. In addition to signs placed near roads, there will also be signs along the walking paths throughout the park. They will give directions and approximate walking times to the attractions throughout the park. Work on the new signs will start this fall and should wrap up by the spring.
KTRS's own McGraw Milhaven shared his memory of the park, "My favorite memory of Forest Park is going to be the next time I visit, because every time I'm there I fall in love with it."
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri prosecutors want a judge to let them keep closer tabs on the former head of a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.
Attorney General Chris Koster's office said Thursday it has filed a motion in St. Charles County Circuit Court seeking to monitor ex-Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole with a wearable GPS device.
Cole is under house arrest in his home state of California awaiting a Missouri trial on felony fraud and forgery charges. His bond was reduced from $500,000 to $100,000 in March.
The Mamtek project was financed with $39 million in bonds issued by the city of Moberly's Industrial Development Authority. The project collapsed after Cole's company missed a bond payment in August 2011.
A hearing is scheduled Monday on a change of venue from Randolph County.
Several schools just north of Alton, Illinois were placed on lockdown today.
Officials with the Southwestern Community School District #9 sent a letter to parents last night telling them that they discovered a possible threat to students. There was an increased police presence at several schools and backpacks, large bags, and coats were not allowed on the campuses today.
Schools that saw heightened security included Southwestern Middle School, Southwestern High School, Brighton North Elementary, Brighton West Elementary, Medora Elementary and Shipman Elementary.
A Hazelwood woman in in custody after allegedly violently beating her 14-year-old daughter this week.
Police say Harmony Camden and her daughter were arguing on Monday when Camden his her daughter in the face and ear, then kicked her and stomped on her back.
KMOV reports the girl was taken to the hospital where doctors found blood in the teen's urine. Camden faces charges of child abuse.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - With time running out on the legislative session, The Missouri Bar and state lawmakers are acknowledging that an overhaul of the state's criminal laws won't cross the finish line.
But that group pledged on Wednesday to push for the criminal code revision next year when lawmakers have more time.
The measure is the product of a Missouri Bar committee charged with updating the criminal code for the first time since 1979. It would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and give judges more flexibility in sentencing.
Democratic Sen. Jolie Justus, of Kansas City, is one of the overhaul's sponsors. She says time ran out to pass the 1,000-page bill this year.
Missouri lawmakers end their annual session at 6 p.m. Friday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two St. Louis officials are facing federal charges that they stole nearly a half million dollars in city funds over the past eight years.
A federal grand jury indicted 43-year-old Thomas "Dan" Stritzel, the city's chief park ranger, and 55-year-old deputy parks commissioner Joseph Vacca.
The indictment released Thursday accuses each man of three mail-fraud counts, alleging they men used various schemes to spend the stolen money on vehicle leases, credit card bills and other expenses.
A message was left Thursday with Stritzel's attorney, Scott Rosenblum. Online court records don't show whether Vacca has legal counsel, and he doesn't have a listed telephone number.
Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay, says the two defendants are being placed on forced, unpaid leave, pending disciplinary proceedings.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replenishing an insolvent state fund for disabled workers and changing the way people get compensation for job-related illnesses.
The bill sent to the governor Thursday marks a compromise among some business groups and attorneys who represent injured workers.
The bill temporarily doubles the surcharge paid by businesses to finance a depleted state fund for disabled workers who suffer additional job-related injuries. Payments from the Second Injury Fund have been delayed to more than 1,000 people because of a shortfall.
The legislation also places occupational diseases under the umbrella of the workers' compensation system and provides enhanced payments for people suffering from asbestos-induced cancer. Recent court rulings had allowed claims for job-related illnesses to be pursed in the courts.