ST. LOUIS -- AP -- A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a murder that happened more than 14 years ago.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 38-year-old Willie McNeil was sentenced Monday after a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The crime happened May 24, 1999, when 47-year-old Mark Raiffie was beaten and shot at the family business he ran, Raiffie Vending Co.
The case went cold until a tipster called police with information and McNeil was charged with first-degree murder in 2011. As part of the plea deal, the charge was reduced to second-degree murder.
St. Louis County police are turning to the public for help to find a suspect in a triple shooting this weekend.
Investigators say the victims and the suspect got into a confrontation Saturday afternoon. Then at 10:30 PM Saturday night, the groups met outside the Dellwood Market. Police say the suspect started shooting, and his three people. All the victims are expected to survive.
Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.
A babysitter is on trial today for her role in the dead of a 13-month-old child who was under her care.
Jennifer Winkler is charged with second-degree murder for the death of Lily Rieger. Prosecutors say Winkler called 911 after allegedly shaking Lily.
The child was taken the hospital where she died with a fractured skull and brain injuries.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri budget officials say the state's tax revenues have increased 2.5 percent through the first four months of the current fiscal year.
The state Office of Administration on Monday reported net general revenues through October. The state's current budget took effect July 1 and runs through next June.
For the current budget year so far, state corporate income and franchise taxes are up more than 26 percent. Individual income taxes are up 3.8 percent and sales taxes have increased 4.4 percent.
Alton Middle School will be closed Tuesday due to a gas leak.
The leak was discovered late Monday morning. The school was closed and students sent home around 11:00 a.m.
Ameren crews thought they had contained the leak, but it's turning out to be a little tougher to repair than originally thought. So classes are cancelled while crews continue to work on it.
School officials say the closure is precautionary, since only a small amount of natural gas was detected inside the building.
A card game at a home in Wildwood ended on Sunday when one of the players shot another man in the side. It happened Sunday night in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue in the Glencoe area of Wildwood. Police say 37-year-old Alfred Castro got into an argument at the table, then went to his room and returned with a .38-caliber revolver. He then shot the 45-year-old male victim, who was later dropped off at a police station in Ellisville. Police found Castro several hours later with the weapon still in his possession. He is currently awaiting trial on a felony drug case in St. Louis County.
With the holiday season fast approaching, the American Red Cross is urging donors to make an appointment to give blood.
All blood types are needed, but O negative, A negative and B negative are in greatest demand.
There are numerous opportunities to donate throughout the region with blood drives beginning in mid-November.
Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties in Illinois already have 30 locations on the schedule and the entire St. Louis area, including St. Louis city, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties have dozens of locations ready to accept donations.
To make an appointment or for more information in finding a blood drive location near you, go to: redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, one local outlet mall says they are looking for help. Retailers at the St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood, which used to go by the name St. Louis Mills, are looking to fill about 280 seasonal sales jobs. So far they've hired more than 100 workers. Full-time and part-time jobs are still available. According to the mall's general manager, over 3,000 people are employed at its more than 160 stores.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is giving state employees an extra day off around Thanksgiving.
State offices are closed by law on Thanksgiving. Nixon has issued an executive order also closing state offices the Friday after Thanksgiving.
For many years, a four-day holiday weekend was the norm in Missouri government.
But Nixon kept state offices open on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2010 and 2011, citing budget concerns.
Holidays have cost the state money because some employees who must work - such as prison guards - have been able to choose whether to claim extra time off or accept holiday bonus pay.
Nixon says the budget has improved enough to give employees the extra day off. He also extended the Thanksgiving break last year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The former director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture is denying allegations that he created a hostile workplace.
Jon Hagler was replaced as agriculture chief Oct. 11 by Gov. Jay Nixon and until now has remained silent about the reasons. His departure came a day after a former employee distributed a letter alleging Hagler created a workplace of "hostility, disrespect, intimidation and fear."
Hagler sat down for an extended interview this weekend with The Associated Press. He described himself as a tough manager who expected a lot from employees - but wasn't hostile.
Hagler says he told Nixon's staff he was ready to leave and planned to interview for a university job. He says the timing of the employee's allegations and his departure was mere coincidence.