ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Two men arrested for protesting against President Barack Obama on an Interstate 70 overpass near St. Louis say they were breaking no laws.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 41-year-old Marc Messmer of St. Charles and 57-year-old Duane Weed of Bridgeton were arrested Saturday afternoon on a St. Charles overpass. It was part of a series of overpass demonstrations around the country calling for impeachment of the president.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum says the men and 10 other protesters were creating a traffic hazard and were told to leave. Nothum says Messmer and Weed were arrested for failing to obey.
Nothum says that earlier Saturday there were five accidents near the location of the protest. None involved serious injury.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - State health officials say a fifth case of cyclospora infection has been confirmed in Missouri.
The Department of Health and Senior Services said Tuesday the latest report came from a health provider in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The agency says the source of the illnesses has not been confirmed, and it's not known whether the Missouri cases are connected to those in other states.
Previously, cases of cyclospora infections have been reported in the Kansas City metro area and in Jackson, Taney and Miller counties.
Cyclospora infections are mostly found in tropical or subtropical countries. Symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps or nausea.
A large investment in a Granite City plant should create a few dozen jobs.
Illinois and Kraft announce a $40 million investment in the plant there. The facility makes powdered beverages and the money will be used to buy four new pouch fillers. Kraft will need to hire 30 more people to handle the additional work.
The equipment should be up and running by 2014.
Shrewsbury police say a suspicious event in a part this month was just an innocent mistake.
Police issued a warning on Tuesday after a couple came forward saying a woman tried to walk away with their young boy in the park. The mother said a woman approached her two-year-old son, grabbed his hand, and started to walk away. The mother believed her son was being abducted. The mother grabbed her boy and the woman walked away.
It turns out the woman works at a concession stand and was just trying to help the boy find his parents. Police say there was no ill intent and are calling the situation a misunderstanding.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The State Board of Education is increasing its oversight of Missouri's unaccredited schools and hiring a consultant to help develop an improvement plan.
The board's action comes in advance of an Aug. 28 effective date for a new law allowing the state to more quickly intervene in unaccredited schools. Three districts currently lack accreditation - Kansas City and the suburban St. Louis systems of Normandy and Riverview Gardens.
State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says state personnel will increase classroom visits and interaction with local education officials.
The board also approved a contract with The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust to analyze the reasons for failure in the Kansas City School District and make recommendations to improve it. The suggestions also could be used for other schools.
Express Scripts will add over 1,000 jobs to the St. Louis area over the next five years.
Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement today. He says the medication management giant is expanding its campus and will create around 1,500 new jobs. Express Scripts managed over 1.4 billion prescriptions last year.
The expansion is being paid for with nearly $7 million in bonds.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Investigative documents claim a former suspect in the 1990 shooting death of a Chillicothe farm wife told a California man with whom he was embroiled in a business dispute that "he got away with murder and was not scared to do it again."
Newly released investigative records show Brandon Hagan conveyed that threat in a verbal conversation with businessman Sam Gabrielle. Hagan was initially suspected in the Chillicothe killing but insisted he was elsewhere at the time.
Phone messages left with Hagan by The Associated Press Tuesday were not immediately returned.
The records stem from an investigation by Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox, who reopened the case after an Associated Press investigation raised questions about the conviction of Mark Woodworth, the victim's neighbor.
City and state officials are inviting the public to comment on a proposed ban on sagging pants.
A forum will be held tonight to discuss city bill 117. There was a meeting last week.
Tuesday night's forum will get underway at 6 PM at Long Middle School on Morganford.
A search is underway for the suspect in a bank robbery.
Just after 10 AM, police say the suspect robbed a Pulaski Bank in Richmond Heights. It is not clear if the suspect used a weapon or even if he made off with any cash. No description of the suspect was given.
Family and friends laid 18-year-old Christopher Lenzen to rest today.
He was the third teen killed in a crash that happened in Wildwood last week. The funeral for sisters Lauren and Kathleen Oliver was yesterday.
Police say Lenzen was driving the car when it went off the road and crashed into a tree and deck in the backyard of a Wildwood home.