Missouri may have said no to Obamacare, but the state has said yes to jobs the healthcare initiative will bring to the region.
Some 600 new positions will be filled by Serco Inc., a company that is designed to process applications submitted under the Affordable Care Act. The Virginia based company will lease the US Fedelis building in Wentzville and will train employees during September and October.
They expect to begin operations on November 1.
If you notice a huge yellow creature floating around the skies of Alton, Illinois, do not be alarmed: That's the Despicablimp, here to promote the movie Despicable Me 2. That massive yellow creature in the sky is actually a one-eyed Minion, one of the stars of Despicable Me 2, which is now in theaters. The Despicablimp is 165-feet long, 55-feet-tall, and it's one of only 15 airships flying in the world today. Our flight this morning lasted about 30 minutes, flying 1000 feet above the city of Alton. After its stop in the St. Louis area, the Despicablimp next heads for Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Illinois remains the state with the fourth highest number of high school students participating in sports.
The latest figures compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations show more than 7.7 million students nationally, and more than 330,000 in Illinois, participated in sports during the 2012-2013 school year. That's more than ever before.
Only Texas, California and New York ranked higher on the survey than the Land of Lincoln.
A metro-east teen could spend ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing explosive devices in his home.
Thomas Lee Stanton is 18 years old. He was a student at O'Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis Tuesday to unlawfully possessing destructive devices.
Local, state and federal authorities had searched his Lebanon, Illinois home and found bomb-making equipment. Stanton admitted in court that he had "cricket" bombs made from carbon-dioxide cartridges, two Molotov cocktails and other explosive making materials, including fuses and explosive powder.
The high school had been put on lockdown during the search. Portions of the school were also searched.
Stanton faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 13.