WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The water has gone down but the need for volunteers to clean up damaged homes remains high in a south-central Missouri county swamped by last month's floods.
The Pulaski County town of Waynesville was among the hardest hit amid several days of heavy rain in early August.
Isabel Lambert is the volunteer coordinator for the county's Community Organizations Active in Disaster, or COAD. COADs are public-private partnerships that respond to disasters.
Lambert said Thursday that more than 230 homes in the Waynesville still have mold, ruined drywall and other problems. She's seeking volunteers to gather at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and again Wednesday through Saturday for the next two weeks at Waynesville City Park to help with cleanup.
For more information, send email to the Pulaski County COAD: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-337-2286.
A main throughway in north St. Louis was closed for hours today as crews dealt with a road collapse.
It appears that a fire line broke a water pipe under the road near the intersection of North Broadway and North Market. The broken pipe opened up a hole in the street that is about 80 feet long, 10 feet wife, and 8 feet deep.
North Broadway has been reopened, but the southbound lanes remain closed.
DEXTER, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who says he had sexual contact with as many 300 people since being diagnosed with HIV has pleaded not guilty to infecting another man with the virus.
David Mangum entered the plea Thursday. Stoddard County prosecutor Russell Oliver says more potential victims have come forward since Mangum was charged last week with recklessly infecting another with HIV, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Oliver says additional charges are expected. Mangum's attorney didn't return messages.
Court documents allege Mangum told detectives in Dexter, a small town in southeast Missouri, that he had unprotected sex with as many as 300 partners since he was diagnosed a decade ago. As many as 60 of those contacts allegedly occurred after he moved to Missouri from Dallas in 2011.
St. Louis - AP - A 50-year-old St. Charles man is retiring early after winning a $5 million lottery prize.
The Missouri Lottery said Thursday that Bill Graham is the first player to uncover the top prize on the "$5 Million Jackpot" scratch-off game. Graham, a sales representative, was between appointments on Aug. 27 when he purchased the ticket at a ZX station in St. Louis.
Graham says he plans to take it easy for the rest of his life.
The "$5 Million Jackpot" is a $20 game that began Aug. 5. Two additional $5 million prizes remain in play, along with other prizes ranging in value up to $100,000.
MINDENMINES, Mo. (AP) - A homely bird with a rather unappetizing diet will get its due when a southwest Missouri state park celebrates International Vulture Awareness Day.
The Carthage Press reports the staff at Prairie State Park in western Barton County has planned several activities for Saturday's observance, most of them aimed at children.
Vulture Awareness Day was started by bird conservation groups in England and South Africa. It's now observed by zoos, wildlife centers and other organizations around the world.
Prairie State Park specialist Dana Hoisington says vultures help keep the environment healthy by feasting on dead animals that other carnivores are unable to eat.
Along with vulture-related projects, park employees hope to attract a real vulture or two Saturday by placing a ripe carcass a careful distance from the visitors' center.
CHICAGO (AP) - The president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce is retiring next year.
Chamber chairman Ray Drake says Douglas Whitley announced his retirement plans at the chamber board's quarterly meeting on Thursday. Whitley has had the position for 12 years and says he will leave the chamber in June. Whitley is 63.
Drake says the chamber's board will embark on a nationwide search to replace Whitley. Drake says Whitley has given the board enough time to find a new president and prepare before next year's election for Illinois governor.
A Police K-9 unit is being credited for catching a suspect who had led police on a 20 mile-long chase.
Around 10 PM Wednesday an officer spotted a car that had been reported stolen from Evansville, Indiana. The officer followed the car through north county along I-270 to west county. The suspect eventually noticed the officer following him and increased his speed.
The suspect eventually abandoned his car in Fenton and tried to run away. A K-9 unit bit the man and subdued him. An officer was also bitten during the struggle and received treatment at a nearby hospital.
Police say the suspect may be connected to a series of car break-ins across St. Louis.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is concerned for the safety of St. Louisans if state lawmakers override one of Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes.
One of the bills they are examining is HB436, the "Second Amendment Preservation Act". The bill would, in part, make it illegal for federal authorities to enforce any federal gun control laws. Local and State police would be responsible for arresting any involved federal agents.
Mayor Slay says overriding the veto would be irresponsible, "this is an insult to police officers and law enforcement statewide. This is anti-cop."
Slay credits local cooperation with ATF agents for a surge that resulted in hundreds of criminals and illegal guns being taken off the street. Under the new law, Slay says those federal agents would have been arrested and the criminals could even file lawsuits against the individual members of the ATF . When asked what passing a bill like this into law would mean for the reputation of St. Louis, Slay did not mince words.
"My biggest concern is what impact it is going to have on law enforcement and public safety. But this would be an embarrassment for our state", Slay said.
Lawmakers meet on September 11 to determine which bills they will take up in an override session.
Some good news for one area school district.
For the fourth year in-a-row, the Lindbergh School District ranked tops in academic achievement in Missouri.
State education officials used data from the MAP test results to create the rankings. Students in the district in grades K-12 excelled in communication arts and math. Lindbergh High School had the highest score of any school in English-language arts. And three of Lindbergh's elementary schools ranked in the top 10 schools in the state.
The impressive performance led Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to label the district "Accredited with Distinction".
An O'Fallon Missouri woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly embezzling from a north St. Louis county bank. Thirty three year old Janelle Earley is charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from St. Johns Bank. The court's decision was handed down yesterday. Authorities say Earley embezzled the money between 2011 and this year.