A man was shot and killed this morning in broad daylight. Police say the victim was found lying in the middle of the street with several gunshot wounds in the 4400 block of Labadie around 8:15 a.m. Monday.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities said homicide detectives were called in to investigate.
Fairmount Park is under investigation by the Illinois racing board over a race that took place Tuesday.
The contest featured 70-year-old jockey Robert "Cowboy" Jones who was trying to set records as the oldest jockey to win a race and as the only jockey to win a race in seven decades.
Although Jones finished in second place, state horse racing regulators want to know if competing jockeys tried to conspire to let Jones win.
"The officials work for the State of Illinois so they are completely independent," Fairmount Park officials said in a written statement about the investigation. "They administer the races all over the state.
The jockeys being questioned are independent contractors. They have nothing to do with Fairmount Park. It would be inappropriate for us to comment during an ongoing inquiry by state racing officials."
Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon will hold his first-ever “Twittercast,” taking over @Cardinals for Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates.
“While his voice is synonymous with Cardinals baseball, this will be Mike’s social media debut,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “This should be a lot of fun as Mike makes the transition from behind the microphone to behind the computer or smart phone for one night to tell the story of the game in 140 characters or less.”
During Wednesday’s game versus the Pirates – which is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh at PNC Park – Shannon will step away from his play-by-play seat on the Cardinals Radio Network and into Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville, IL, where he will host the @Cardinals Twitter Takeover.
Throughout the game, Shannon will comment on game action, share personal anecdotes, tweet answers to fan questions and more on @Cardinals under the hashtag #MikeShannon.
This marks the first time that the Cardinals Twitter account will be taken over by a personality. The first @Cardinals Twitter Takeover occurred earlier this season when fan retweets told the story of the game during the club’s annual Social Media Night at the Ballpark. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation by submitting their questions for Mike on Twitter by using the hashtag #MikeShannon.
Shannon has manned the Cardinals broadcast booth since 1972.
Yet another smash and grab, this time at an iconic midtown pawn shop.
Someone backed a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck through the front of Sam Light Loans at the corner of Olive and Jefferson. When police arrived the truck was still running with the wheels spinning around 4:30 this morning.
Police tell Fox 2 news the truck was stolen in north city and used in the smash and grab. No suspects are in custody.
The owner is still trying to determine what, if anything, was taken. Several surveillance cameras are in place and police will be checking those to identify any suspects.
More car break-ins in downtown St. Louis and south city overnight-- this time at several different locations over the span of just a couple hours.
Thieves first hit the Holiday Inn Express near Jefferson and Lafayette for the second time within a week. Six cars were broken into around midnight. Three suspects were seen speeding away from the scene in a red-pickup. Minutes later, cars were broken into at J Bucks near Clark and 10th. Then, several cars were broken into at Laclede's Landing inside the parking garage at Lumiere at North Second Street.
In midtown at JJ's Clubhouse, several cars were broken into at Market and Vandeventer. Then at 4:30 Monday morning, downtown at 4th and St Charles Streets, security guards called police to tell them they saw two men jump out of a dark colored sedan and smash the window of an SUV parked there.
A mattress on Interstate 44 is being blamed for a fatal accident that tangled up traffic for hours Saturday morning. The driver of a pickup truck is dead after his vehicle struck an unoccupied police car on I-44 and burst into flames. The crash happened around 10:05am near the Vandeventer exit. The police vehicle was there to prevent oncoming traffic from hitting the mattress. However, the pickup slammed into the back of the police car and swerved into an eastbound tractor-trailer. The pickup driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
A nuclear power plant near Fulton has shut down after a small fire in the turbine building. Ameren Missouri says in a news release that crews quickly distinguished the Friday night fire at the Callaway Energy Center. The utility stressed that no one was injured and that the public wasn't threatened. The Callaway Energy Center typically generates about 20 percent of the electricity supplied to Ameren Missouri's 1.2 million customers.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials will advise against swimming rather than close beaches at state parks when tests determine bacteria are high.
The changes come after Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation this month dealing with the Department of Natural Resources. The law took effect immediately.
Officials take samples each week at state park beaches during the recreation season. Beaches were closed when tests showed high E. coli. Now signs will be posted that state "Swimming is Not Recommended." A beach still can be closed when there is a documented health risk.
Supporters say the advisory better informs the public about actual water conditions and protects them without unduly alarming them. An environmental advocate says a sign does not prevent people from entering the water.
A fatal accident shut down Eastbound I-44 on Saturday.
A man driving a pickup truck ran into an empty police car that was parked there to divert traffic after an earlier accident. The truck ricocheted into a tractor trailer. The pickup then burst into flames.
The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A steady stream of speakers at a Columbia Medicaid reform hearing urged a panel of citizens and Missouri lawmakers Saturday to not only reform but also expand the government-funded health care program.
The dozens of speakers included doctors, disability advocates, hospital executives and citizens who would become eligible for Medicaid under expansion envisioned by the federal Affordable Care Act.
The House Interim Committee on Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid Eligibility and Reform is one of three special committees created by state lawmakers after the Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals in the 2013 session.
Committee chairman Noel Torpey of Independence and several other legislators on the 52-person panel emphasized that repairing what he called a "broken" Medicaid system is equally if not more important than broadening access.