SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Officials say the Illinois Department of Human Services staff is so lean that caseworkers can devote only 45 minutes a year to some families in need of social services.
Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler told lawmakers today that the agency needs more money to hire employees. Some have caseloads of 2,600.
The cleanup continues in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis City.
Though the streets are cleared, peeled back siding and tarps on roofs are signs of the destruction left behind by the storm that raced through the area Wednesday night.
Theresa Boziekis owns a 130 year old home on Dalton that used to have a 100 foot tree in the front yard. She told KTRS News what happened when the wind felled the pine, "Before any sirens went off we all of a sudden started to hear what sounded like a large train coming, and then it sounded like several large bangs out around the house and our house shook".
The tree did fall into the street, crushing the back end of a car. Boziekis says the house suffered some structural damage, including cracks along the roof line and throughout the two-and-a-half stories of the home.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Chris Koster says he won't appeal a federal court ruling striking down a Missouri law that exempted moral objectors from an insurance requirement to cover birth control.
But Koster does want a judge to revise the ruling, so that religious institutions can receive the same exceptions they currently have under federal law.
At issue is a law enacted by Missouri's Republican-led Legislature last year that requires insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if people or employers assert that birth control violates their "moral, ethical or religious beliefs."
A judge ruled last month that the Missouri law conflicted with an insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Koster, a Democrat, said Thursday that the Republican-backed bill "is just plain foolish."
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Hazelwood last night.
The official investigator is on the scene and has given a preliminary EF 2 rating to the twister. That classification means that sustained wind gusts were measure at 111 - 135 miles per hour.
The report says the tornado damage extends from the Coachlite Skating Center in Bridgeton along 270 all the way into Hazelwood.
No reports have been released on tornadoes reported to have hit Wildwood and Florissant.