Two people are dead and four other injured after a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 about 30 miles northeast of Carbondale, Illinois.
Police say 22 year old Megan Michelle Hester of Maryland Heights, Missouri lost control of the SUV she was driving Tuesday afternoon. It crossed the median into oncoming traffic and was hit by a tractor-trailer.
Two people from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 49 year old Jill Gibson and a 13 year old boy were killed. The teen's name hasn't been released. Hester and three passengers were seriously hurt. The semi driver wasn't hurt.
Two south St. Louis schools will be renovated instead of being closed.
St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams recommended to the school board Thursday night that Shenandoah and Mann Elementary Schools remain open.
A 2009 study had suggested that both be closed and a single new school be built to replace them. Adams says improvements in enrollment, academics and community support since then influenced his decision.
The proposed renovations would cost about $1.4 million.