Changes are afoot at St. Louis area casinos.
The Missouri Gaming Commission approved Pinnacle Entertainment's plan to buy Ameristar Casinos. Pinnacle will buy the St. Charles and Kansas City casinos. Pinnacle is the current owner of Lumiere Place and River City Casino. They now have to sell Lumiere to meet federal regulators' requirements.
Pinnacle hopes to secure a buyer in the coming weeks.
A 12 year old Jefferson County girl is fighting for her life after being struck by a car while riding her bike Wednesday afternoon. It happened about 2:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of West Rock Creek Road near Romaine Creek Road.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says a 72 year old woman was rounding a curve when she struck Isabella Marco. Investigators say Marco was riding her bike eastbound in a westbound lane when she was struck head-on.
The girl was airlifted to St. Louis Children's Hospital where she's listed in critical condition.
Police say they have recovered a bag of money after a Lemay credit union was robbed today.
The suspect walked into the First Missouri Credit Union in the 1600 block of Lemay Ferry around 10:15 this morning. He threatened the teller and left with a substantial amount of money. The suspect drove off in a smaller yellow Chevy sedan. Witnesses report that the suspect threw a bag out of the car on highway 40.
Police confirmed that the bag contained money from the credit union.
The St. Charles Police Department is giving residents tips on how to avoid being burglarized.
They remind everyone to lock doors and windows at night, and to make sure garage doors are shut and vehicles are locked. Just this month, the department has investigated several burglaries where suspect entered homes through unlocked back doors and through open garage doors.
Officials are putting more officers on the streets, but say residents should remain vigilant.
Anyone with information regarding burglaries is asked to call the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3320 or the anonymous tip line at 636-949-3333.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sen. Claire McCaskill has long been an advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military, so the Missouri Democrat is perplexed after being singled out in newspaper and Facebook ads calling her a roadblock to reforming the system.
Protect Our Defenders, a Washington-based advocacy group for military sexual assault victims, took aim at McCaskill in a half-page St. Louis Post-Dispatch ad over her opposition to an amendment proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Gillibrand's proposal would authorize military lawyers - rather than commanding officers - to decide which cases go to trial.
McCaskill favors reforms suggested by the House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee. She says she finds the ad puzzling given her history criticizing the military's handling of sexual assault cases.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Organizers of a Missouri River race say a paddler died in his sleep after dropping out of the competition.
The Kansas City Star reports that the man had competed in the first day of the Missouri American Water MR340 on Tuesday. Race director and founder Scott Mansker said Wednesday that the man was camping overnight in Miami, Mo., when he died.
The paddler's boat partner had decided not to continue after Tuesday's leg of the race. Mansker said the man and his ground crew decided to continue to follow the race after withdrawing from the competition in Lexington.
The race is a four-day, 340-mile trek across Missouri from Kansas City to St. Charles.
Mehlville School District officials are giving an update to parents and students in the district about the impending transfer of students from Riverview Gardens.
Riverview Gardens is paying to bus students to Mehlville. Parents in both districts objected to the decision. The school board meeting is being held at the Mehlville School Administration Building at 7 PM.
ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) - Police in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters say a burglary suspect was so brazen he tiptoed into bedrooms and stole items as the residents slept.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 23-year-old Benjamin Lee Lillard is charged with several crimes related to burglaries that occurred Saturday and Monday. Both crimes happened while homeowners were sleeping.
A GPS app on a stolen iPhone from the Monday burglary led police to a home where police say Lillard was found hiding in the attic. Authorities say he was covered in insulation material when he surrendered.
Lillard was released from prison in February after serving 15 months for burglary and other crimes.
He is jailed on $50,000 cash-only bond.
New details show a possible history of violence between 76-year-old Ivan Mullenix and his 69-year-old wife Mary Ann, who is now charged with stabbing her former husband to death last week in their west St. Louis County mansion. According to police reports, Mary Ann alleged her husband choked her and threw her to the ground during a fight last summer. In the same report, Ivan Mullenix claimed his wife had struck him in the face with an 8-pound dumbbell. Neither side decided to press charges. In the report obtained by the Post-Dispatch, police noted that Mary Ann was acting irrationally that night, and they included a "caution code" about her use of alcohol. Mary Ann is currently free of $50,000 bail. She's been required to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet.
The manufacturer of the Plan B One Step morning-after contraceptive has been granted exclusive rights by the FDA to market their drug over-the-counter without age restrictions. The decision was released earlier this week.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Teva Pharmaceuticals' Plan B One Step for over the counter sale...no prescription or proof of age required. In its decision, the FDA granted a three year period during which Teva can sell its' single tablet product exclusively on pharmacy shelves, while generic drugs will still require a prescription for young women 16 and younger.
Most metro St. Louis pharmacies carry Teva's Plan B, which is a two-pill dosage and some already have the Plan B One Step in the pharmacy. The FDA decision will now move that product on to the store shelves.