7-Eleven is offering a reward in the case of a St. Louis clerk who was shot to death at one their locations earlier this summer. 30-year-old Bhutanese refugee Mon Rai was gunned down on June 10 at the 7-Eleven on Gravois and Bates in south County. He left behind a pregnant wife and an 8-year-old son. 7-Eleven says the reward will be given to anyone with information leading to “the apprehension, arrest and indictment” of those responsible for Rai’s death.
Cars parked in Forest Park overnight were targeted by vandals.
They were parked near the Grand Basin and Art Hill.
Scattered glass was strewn across the lot and police found several handbags that had been rummaged through and discarded.
Police found vandalized vehicles in the park with similar evidence found including broken windows, car doors left open and items thrown about. Authorities say they also had similar incidents on West Pine in the park.
The St. Louis Fire Marshal and a city building inspector are trying to determine just how a local musician fell to his death in a downtown loft building Saturday afternoon.
Fire Captain David Neighbors says 61 year old Bob Reuter was killed when he fell down an elevator shaft in the 1100 block of St. Charles Street.
Neighbors says there was no safety grill on the freight elevator shaft. "It's like a swing door," Neighbors said. "And then there's just a short ledge. And so we can only speculate, but stepped onto that ledge and assumed that the elevator was there."
Neighbors says Reuter fell 18 feet from the lobby entrance to the bottom of the elevator shaft in the basement.
Reuter was known as a musician, photographer and radio personality. Funeral arrangements and a public memorial are still being finalized.
As the start of the new school year fast approaches, more than 300 students who want to transfer out of the troubled Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts still don't know where they'll attend classes. That's because of the limited availability of open seats in some districts they've applied to attend.
Many students didn't get into one of their first three choices of districts, or didn't list more than one choice. So officials with the Cooperating School Districts have extended the application deadline for the still unassigned transfer students.
Families can submit a new list of choices. Those who don't re-apply on the Cooperating School Districts website by noon Monday will not be able to transfer out of the unaccredited districts.
All of the Normandy students transferring to Francis Howell Districts did get their requests filled. About 2,400 Riverview Garden students have also received transfer assignments.
CHICAGO (AP) - A new law says Illinois schools must offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Sunday at Eisenhower High School in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island.
Rasul "Rocky" Clark played football for Eisenhower until he was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a 2000 game.
His care was provided through a $5 million insurance policy held by the school district. When that policy hit its limit, he relied on Medicaid and his mother. Clark's story fueled legislation sponsored by state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Democrat from Harvey and former NFL player.
Under the legislation effective next year, a school's minimum policy will cover $3 million in aggregate benefits or five years of coverage.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state regulators have cited the city of Belleville for gaps in its planning for tornadoes and other emergencies.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the Illinois Department of Labor investigated after an alderwoman's complaint when tornado sirens sounded during a City Hall meeting and no effort was made to move people to safety.
The Department of Labor conducted interviews in early June and determined employees lack training on the city's emergency plan. In a July 17 citation, the department gave Mayor Mark Eckert until Aug. 21 to submit a new written emergency plan.
Eckert says that plan has been written and he's hoping to start drills this month at City Hall. The mayor says he wants the new plan approved by the City Council on Monday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon knows where the political land mines are in Wisconsin.
The most dangerous one he has to dodge will participating in a National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee? Having his picture taken with a Miller beer.
Nixon joked Saturday about how poorly that would go over with voters back home in Missouri, home of Miller's rival Anheuser-Busch. Miller is based on Milwaukee.
Walker joked to Nixon that if he's caught with a Miller beer he could face a recall election. Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall last year.
His recall was spurred not by beer choice but anger over his law effectively ending collective bargaining rights for public workers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 20-year-old St. Louis man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for a 2011 home invasion in which a he beat an elderly homeowner to death and sexually assaulted a health care aide.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Travon Jones was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of second-degree murder, forcible sodomy and several other charges.
Jones was convicted of bursting into a home where 92-year-old Arteria King and his wife, 90-year-old Sarah King, lived and beating Arteria King while his wife listened. A 50-year-old aide testified Jones led her around the house looking for items to steal before raping her and taking the keys to her vehicle.
Arteria King died a week later of his injuries. His wife died the same day of natural causes.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police say a small plane has crashed in St. Louis County, killing both people aboard.
St. Louis County Police Captain Randy Vaughn told KMOV that the victims in Saturday morning's crash were an adult male and a female child. Their ages and identities were not released.
KMOV says the Cirrus SR-22 plane was scheduled to leave the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in West St. Louis County at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, and a distress call was received at about 5:10 a.m.
The Monarch Fire Department told KMOX that the plane didn't clear trees after taking off from the airport.
The FAA has been called into investigate.
Joe Duever, who lives near the crash site, told KMOV that it shook his house.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The state's top education official says an unaccredited St. Louis area district is expected to run out of money this year paying for students to transfer to accredited districts.
Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said Friday that the state would be going to the Legislature for help.
The Riverview Gardens and Normandy districts are unaccredited, and a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling allows students to transfer to accredited districts. Estimates show the transfers could cost the districts as much as $30 million.
Nicastro says the state is trying to determine when Normandy won't be able to cover its expenses. State data shows Normandy had $8.6 million in reserve and Riverview Gardens $28.6 million at the end of the 2011 through 2012 school year, the most recent year information is available.