The National Weather Service has increased the number of tornadoes that touched down in the St. Louis are last week to nine.
The largest and most damaging of the twisters was the EF-3 that cut a 32 mile path of destruction through St. Charles County and north St. Louis County.
Another EF-3 tornado his ripped through Roxana, Illinois, doing serious damage to the landfill. Macoupin County was hit by EF-2 and EF-1 twisters, with one severely damaging a high school gym in Gillispie.
Additionally, there were two EF-1 tornadoes in Franklin and Jefferson Counties, and three EF-0 tornadoes in Montgomery County
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The FBI is seeking help from the public in the search for two suspects allegedly involved in a four-state auto theft ring.
The FBI says that since 2008, more than 100 vehicles were fraudulently obtained from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Authorities are searching for two men believed to live in St. Louis city or county: Reginald Dante McNeary and Morris Allen Davis. Both are considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 314-589-2500 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
A sometimes controversial St. Louis City alderman is raising eyebrows by asking friends and supporters to help him pay for his daughter's college education.
Freeman Bosley, Senior is asking for help covering just over 14-thousand dollars in costs so that his youngest daughter can attend St. Xavier University in Chicago.
Bosley says that's the amount left on the bill after grants and scholarships. The request is raising ethic's questions. But Bosley says it was a personal plea to friends and the letter wasn't sent on city stationary or campaign letterhead.
He told Fox 2 News that he doesn't understand the criticism. "How is that inappropriate. I didn't ask them to give it to me in my name. And I don't never let nobody give me nothing."
Although politicians in other states have been prosecuted for similar requests, Stacey Heislen, the acting director of the Missouri Ethics Commission says it doesn't appear that Bosley's letter violates any laws in Missouri.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Springfield and Sangamon County officials have announced an agreement with the state on design work for consolidating train traffic through Illinois' capital city. The effort is part of high-speed rail development.
The agreement made public Wednesday involves nearly $8.7 million to pay for half of the design work. The project would move rail traffic through the downtown core farther out to a corridor on the city's east side.
The deal was signed by Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, Springfield Mayor Michael Houston and Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter.
The project is part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail development. There is no current funding for train traffic consolidation.
The plan would include new track alignments and separating automobile and train traffic in spots.