SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A judge has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to hold off on issuing a wastewater permit for a horse slaughter facility planned for northwest Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Rains Natural Meats wants to operate the facility near Gallatin, but Cole County Judge Daniel Green wants to hear a lawsuit filed against DNR before allowing the critical permit.
Three horse slaughter opponents have sued the DNR to block the permit, which would let the facility land-apply the wastewater from the proposed plant.
Their lawsuit argues that horses treated with a gamut of drugs that could be dangerous to human health would be slaughtered at the facility.
Rains Natural Meats vice president David Rains called the judge's order illegal and said he was fighting to have it overturned.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man is facing drunk-driving charges - for the 10th time.
Florissant police on Monday stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense. Authorities say the driver, 53-year-old Joseph Arthur Hayes of Florissant, was arrested.
Prosecutors charged Hayes with driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He is jailed on $100,000 bond.
St. Louis County Police say Hayes had 9 prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and for driving while suspended or revoked.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The elevator where a St. Louis musician fell to his death was registered with the state of Missouri but an operating certificate had not been issued.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed the Missouri Department of Public Safety database following the death of Bob Reuter. Reuter, a musician and radio show host, died Saturday afternoon after falling down an elevator shaft while moving into a downtown loft.
Police say Reuter opened the door to the nearly 100-year-old elevator and stepped into the shaft, falling about 18 feet.
State regulations require each elevator to be registered with the Division of Fire Safety and to be inspected annually. The newspaper says the elevator was registered in February, but a state elevator registry shows no record of inspection or operating certificate.
Today a new beer garden opens at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Soulard. Most St. Louisans are familiar with the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, which draws around 350,000 people every year, and now those people have one final stop to make. The new 10,000 square foot, outdoor beer garden features a full menu, 17 beers on tap, and room for 300 people. There's also a daily Brewmasters tasting as well as photo ops available with the Budweiser Clydesdales. The beer garden is the first of its kind at AB-InBev's 12 breweries in the United States. And while the tour remains free of charge, including two free beers, A-B will charge for all food and drink at the beer garden.
Three people are hurt after a triple shooting overnight in north St. Louis. It happened just before 2:00am Tuesday in the 5400 of Genevieve Avenue. Police say a woman in her 30's was shot in the leg.
A man, also in his 30's, was shot in the hip, and a man in his late teens was shot in the leg. Police say the two men and the woman are in stable condition. No suspects are in custody.
A plan to build a children's home in the city of Brentwood has been turned down.
Last night the Board of Aldermen killed a zoning change and land-use permit that Boys Hope Girls Hope needed to build a pair of residence halls for 20 boys and girls connected by offices for the nonprofit’s 14 employees.
The plan needed six votes from the eight-member board to be rezoned but got support from only three.
The agency provides food, clothing and transportation to students, offers 24-hour mentoring and requires weekly chores and structured study time. The organization now has 15 boys and girls in the program; the new location would have allowed five more students.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri officials say more than 1,300 Medicaid participants had some of their personal information mailed to incorrect addresses.
The Department of Social Services said Monday a software programming error led to the wrong mailings by a contractor called Infocrossing Inc.
The agency says the error was discovered June 6 and affected correspondence sent to 1,357 managed care participants from October 16th, 2011 through June 7th of this year.
The department says no personal medical or financial information was released. But it says the incorrect mailings could have included participants' names, birth dates, MO HealthNet identification numbers, phone numbers and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.
Officials say there's no reason to believe any identity theft occurred, but Infocrossing is offering free credit monitoring services to those affected.
A St. Louis judge will be honored by the U.S. Supreme Court for his work in juvenile justice. Judge Jimmie Edwards will be the 2013 recipient of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. Chief Justice John Roberts will present the award in Washington on November 21st.
Judge Edward has been the driving force behind the Innovative Concept Academy. The five year old school is credited with turning troubled youths into academic successes and productive members of the community.
Edwards has been on the St. Louis Circuit Court bench since 1992, serving as Chief Juvenile Court Judge for five years.
A triple shooting just blocks away from a neighborhood crime summit Monday night is reinforcing the message that residents and police have to work together to combat violence in the City of St. Louis.
Police Chief Sam Dotson was on his way to the summit hosted by Better Family Life when he was called to the 4500 block of Evans where two men and a woman were shot.
Chief Dotson says there were several people outside in the area when a lone gunman approached the porch of a home and opened fire, but some of the witnesses aren't cooperating. "So it makes it very hard when we come to a scene, when we have information that we're looking for, and even family members aren't cooperating," Dotson said.
Cooperation was the message at the crime summit attended by the Chief, Mayor Francis Slay and about 200 residents. Better Family Life founder Malik Ahmed was cheered when he told the crowd that regular citizens need to get involved in order to bring peace to the streets. "Our community cannot afford to have a negative relationship with the police," Ahmed said.
The St. Louis County Council will decide the ultimate fate of a controversial low-income senior housing complex being built in unincorporated south county near Oakville.
On Monday night the St. Louis County Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend that the council uphold the county's 2012 approval of the 45 unit facility along Telegraph Road.
National Church Residences began construction on the project in May. An NCR spokesperson says the non-profit has already spent more than $1 million on the project.
Some Oakville residents had asked that the issue be reopened because they felt the county had failed to properly inform them of the process before signing off on the project.
Critics complain that the building is too large for the lot on which it's being built. They say they will keep fighting to shut to project down.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has said he strongly favors the project.