At a plea hearing Friday, 19-year-old Keith Esters admitted to shooting and killing Megan Boken.
As part of his guilty plea, Esters was sentenced to life in prison, plus 20 years. Megan's family was on hand to read statements before sentencing. Police says Esters did not act alone.
His cousin, Johnathan Perkins faces second degree murder charges. Officers say they tracked down Esters and Perkins by tracing a cell phone that was stolen from someone else six days before Megan was murdered.
A St. Louis priest accused of molesting a teen, is no longer facing charges.
Father Joseph Jiang had pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge before the case was dismissed today. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim's family is still active. The family claims that Archbishop Robert Carlson did nothing to stop the abuse.
The Survivors Network of these Abused by Priests released saying they are disappointed. They are now asking for anyone who may have seen or suffered abuse by Father Jiang or others, step forward.
The Cards have made a move to provide some depth at outfield.
Fox Sports reports third baseman David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando Salas are headed to California. They will join former teammate Albert Pujols with the Angels.
The Cards are getting Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk.
Freese rose to stardom after his postseason heroics in 2011, but had an off 2013 campaign--batting just .262 with nine home runs.
Two men are in custody connected to a large identity theft plot. The US Secret Service arrested the men, who are accused installing a skimming device on an ATM machine and stealing money from 300 Lake St. Louis residents.
Officials say Arman Simonyan and Vahe Akopyan were arrested in November 15 in Omaha, Nebraska. The suspects were found with ovr $140,000 in cash, several thousand dollars worth of gift cards and other evidence in the case.
Police say a skimming device could have been used at more than one location to record the victims’ account information.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri businesses will pay higher unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down a state debt to the federal government.
Missouri began borrowing from the federal government in 2008 to pay jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state's unemployment benefits trust fund. That debt has remained outstanding for several years.
Businesses are paying a surcharge of $42 per employee this year to help pay down that debt. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says businesses will have to pay $63 per employee in 2014.
The chamber says Missouri is one of 14 states being hit with a higher tax rate to help pay down its federal loan. The chamber says Missouri owes $308 million to the federal government.
Hunters, get your guns. It's deer hunting season in Illinois. The annual firearm hunting season starts today and runs through Sunday. Then it picks up again for another four days between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8. Bow hunting season runs much longer. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the number of deer killed last year with bows and firearms was about 180,000. The highest density of deer in Illinois are typically in the woods along the watersheds of the Mississippi, Rock, Illinois and Kaskaskia rivers and in the Shawnee Hills in Southern Illinois. Hunters can give the deer to the IDNR for donation to food pantries around the state.
A Missouri teenager has pleaded guilty after running over and killing a toddler in June. Charles Guice (Geis) entered his plea Thursday in St. Louis County Court to leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16. Guice was speeding without a license on June 16 when he hit 2-year-old Darion Griffin as he tried to cross a street in front of his grandmother's house. It happened in the 1500 block of Redman Road in Spanish Lake. The boy's 17-year-old aunt also was hit when she tried to pull him out of the way of the car. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Guice, who was 17 at the time, told police he left the scene because he was afraid.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal review of the 2011 Joplin tornado is calling for stronger building codes and more storm shelters in vulnerable areas.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its 492 page draft report Thursday at a Joplin news conference. The U.S. Department of Commerce agency calls the study the first to take a systematic look at how communities across the country can better prepare for twisters.
The study's recommendations include improved emergency communication systems to better warn residents of approaching danger. But institute officials emphasized that most of the power to make such changes rests with state and local governments and private businesses.
The May 2011 Joplin tornado destroyed 8,000 buildings and killed 161 people, making it the country's deadliest single tornado since records have been kept.
Union electrical workers are protesting outside the new city police headquarters because of a subcontractor on the project.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union says Tom Ruzicka is an officer in R.E. Contracting. Ruzicka pleaded guilty in 2010 to stealing more than $100,000 from his employees' retirement accounts. He was also cited by the state in 2007 for underpaying employees.
City leaders say they can't legally remove a subcontractor from the project.
Police headquarters will move into a refurbished building in the 1900 block of Olive.
Tuition is probably going up at all four University of Missouri campuses next year.
The university's Board of Curators met yesterday at the UMSL campus to begin weighing a recommendation that an increase be tied to the nation's inflation rate. The rate is based on the Consumer Price Index for December and won't be known until next month. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that budget projections expect it to be about 1.7 percent.
The board could vote on the amount of the increase in January.
Some non-resident students will pay even more. Graduate and undergraduate students the Columbia campus will see a 3 percent hike. And graduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will pay 6 percent more next fall.