Police in Florissant are asking for help in finding a 14 year old girl they regard as missing, but also say could have run away, so they need more information before they can issue an Amber Alert. Dominique Cherry-Jones has been missing since Wednesday. She was last seen with a female friend wearing all black and carrying a blue bag. Cherry never showed up for classes at McClure High School something her family says is completely out of character. Her mom, Sheri told Fox2 News, “I’m not sure if she’s being held against her will, but I just want her back home. She has always had big goals and big dreams and big ambitions and never did this before.” Relatives say they believe the teen is in danger.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - New research by the U.S. Geological Society suggests that while the New Madrid Seismic Zone hasn't produced a major earthquake in more than 200 years, the risk remains.
The Southeast Missourian reports that scientists used new technology to develop high-resolution imagery of the seismic zone centered around New Madrid, Mo. The imagery allows for more detailed mapping, showing weak rocks in the zone that are found at deeper depths in the Earth's mantle compared to surrounding areas.
Findings were published recently in the Earth and Planetary Science Letters journal.
University of Memphis earthquake expert Charles Langston says at least 200 earthquakes occur in the seismic zone every year, but most are very small. He believes there's a good chance of a damaging quake in the next 50 years.
A U.S. Congressman and the Mayor of St. Louis will both go before the Board of Aldermen this week in hopes of forwarding the long-stalled Northside Regeneration Project.
Aldermen are considering a bill that would tweak developer Paul McKee's nearly $400 million tax increment financing package to account for delays suffered while the city fought a lawsuit against it.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the fate of the project's TIF is unclear.
Congressman William Lacy Clay and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will speak in favor the 1,500 acre project. But only one of the five aldermen whose wards make up the project area just north of downtown, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard, clearly supports Northside.
And one, Alderman Freeman Bosley Senior, has threatened to block the bill if there isn't more community input in the project and better protections for current homeowners.
Finally, St. Louis is topping a national list everyone wants to head. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices reports that the Gateway City has lowest gasoline prices in the nation.
The survey released Sunday put the price at the pump in St. Louis at $3.01 per gallon.
The survey indicates that the average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 14 cents over the past two weeks to $3.38. Diesel was down 4 cents at $3.92 gallon.
San Francisco has the highest prices at $3.88 per gallon for regular unleaded.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The growing number of professors at the University of Illinois who don't have tenure want somebody besides their students to listen to them.
The Champaign News-Gazette reports adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers and others who don't have tenure are hoping the school will take steps that would give them more job stability. Some are even assessing the need for a faculty union in Urbana.
Tenured faculty say their non-tenured colleagues deserve a stronger voice in what happens on campus.
Administrators in the school's provost office have been reviewing issues that are specific to non-tenured instructors. A spokeswoman says the goal is to have some policies in place sometime during this academic year.
A nine year old south city boy is dead. His twin brother is in very critical condition after a accident at a hotel pool near downtown St. Louis Saturday afternoon.
Police say Laron Snelson was unresponsive when he was pulled from the indoor pool at the Pear Tree Inn on Market Street. Civilians began CPR right away, but the little boy died anyway.
His twin brother, Derron Snelson was also pulled from the indoor pool. He's listed in critical and unstable condition at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.
Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the drowning. The boys' mother and 14 year old brother were reportedly on the scene.
The Pear Tree Inn is a Drury Hotel property.
ALORTON, Ill. (AP) — A 16-month-old southern Illinois boy has died after being hit by an unsecured television during a car crash.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Marshawn Billops of Centreville, Illinois died Friday evening at St. Louis Children's Hospital about five hours after the car he was riding in crashed into a light pole in Alorton.
An unsecured television hit the boy as it flew out of the back seat of the car and caused severe head injuries that led to his death, police said.
Alorton police say the television was a flat-screen weighing about 80 pounds. Billops' mother and sister suffered minor injuries and were able to get out of the car. Police say Marshawn was trapped inside the car and had to be rescued.
BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) — More than a thousand people gathered in a small Colorado mountain town Saturday to remember five members of the same family who were killed by a massive rock slide on a popular hiking trail.
Monday's slide across the trail to Agnes Vaille Falls in south-central Colorado's San Isabel National Forest killed 46-year-old Dwayne Johnson, 45-year-old Dawna Johnson and their 18-year-old daughter, Kiowa-Rain Johnson, all of Buena Vista.
The other victims were identified as 10-year-old Baigen Walker and 22-year-old Paris Walkup, both of Birch Tree, Missouri. They were nephews of Dwayne and Dawna Johnson.
The slide also injured 13-year-old Gracie Johnson, who attended Saturday's memorial in Buena Vista. She told rescuers her father saved her when he jumped on top of her as boulders began to crash down around them.
BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.
Specialists say achieving a so-called thigh gap is risky and virtually impossible. But some exceptionally thin models have a gap, which is upheld as a beauty achievement on countless websites, blogs and other social media.
Doctors and counselors worry that the trend is contributing to a growing number of teens and 20-somethings with disorders such as anorexia.
Doctor Vonda Wright is a Pittsburgh-based orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert. She says the spacing between a person's legs is based mostly on genetics. And even many thin people can't achieve a gap.
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 150,000 people have visited a state website to learn if they qualify for Medicaid or to buy health insurance on a new online marketplace.
The marketplaces are a key part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, which were launched Tuesday.
Kelly Sullivan is a spokeswoman for Illinois' site, Get Covered Illinois.
She said as of Friday, about 12,000 people have submitted applications for Medicaid after completing an online screening tool.
But glitches continue on the federal site where Illinoisans may comparison shop for insurance. The government has said it's working to address the problems.
Sullivan says the state is working on educating residents about the health care law and will step up advertising once the federal site can handle increased demand.