In Clarksville, Missouri--which is about 75 miles northwest of St. Louis--volunteers are still needed to help with fill sandbags.
The town is currently experiencing minor flooding, but that is expected to be upgraded to major flooding by Friday night. The United Way and AmeriCorps are coordinating the volunteers and anyone 13 and older can sign up to help on the United Way's website. Volunteers between 13 and 18 years old need a guardian to sign up.
Officials say hundreds of volunteers are needed to save a historic portion of the Mississippi River town.
Volunteers can sign up by clicking here.
Drivers headed through downtown on 64 should be aware of a planned closure.
MoDOT plans to shut down the highway in both directions at Jefferson Avenue so crews can tear down the overpass. The closures will start tonight between 7 and 8 PM, but the highway should reopen by Monday morning rush.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area fire chief is facing federal indictment for allegedly stealing more than $140,000 in money from the impoverished fire district.
The indictment of Kinloch Fire Protection District chief Darran Kelley was announced Thursday. Federal prosecutors allege he stole money from taxes, grant funds intended for a new pumper truck and donations that were aimed at helping the district keep the truck.
He is also accused of falsely claiming disability.
The district went out of service in December.
Kelley appeared in federal court late Thursday and was ordered to spend the night in jail.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has approved legislation creating a test program designed to help children spend more time with their incarcerated parents.
The program would provide transportation for children and their caretaker who live more than 50 miles away from their parent's prison for visits.
Two Missouri men's prisons and two women's prisons would be selected for the program's trial. Prisoners convicted of offenses where the victim was a child or were found guilty of child abuse would be excluded. The Department of Corrections would have to submit a final report to lawmakers on the program's effectiveness in 2017.
The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Penny Hubbard, of St. Louis. The House voted 140-6 Thursday to send the measure to the Senate.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that sought to re-impose local sales taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.
Nixon's veto Friday marks the second time in two years he has rejected the Legislature's attempt to reverse the effect of a 2012 Supreme Court ruling.
The court ruled that local sales taxes can only be charged on vehicles bought from Missouri retailers. If cities and counties want to tax vehicles bought elsewhere, the court said they need to adopt local "use taxes."
The legislation vetoed by Nixon sought to get around that ruling by tying local sales taxes to the titling of vehicles. Local voters would have had a chance to repeal the taxes by 2016.
Nixon said the repeal section was not drafted well.
An Illinois high school student is facing federal charges that he possessed explosive devices in his home.
Federal grand jurors in East St. Louis indicted 18-year-old O'Fallon Township High School student Thomas Lee Stanton with one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.
The indictment alleges that Stanton on Wednesday had in his Lebanon home explosive devices that included a so-called cricket bomb. That was comprised of carbon dioxide cartridges, fuses and explosive powder.
The felony count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
LONDON MILLS, Ill. (AP) - A flood-swollen river in central Illinois has topped a levee and inundated parts of London Mills, prompting authorities to evacuate about half of the small town of about 500 people.
Police chief Scott Keithley says the waters overwhelmed the levee on the Spoon River overnight sending torrents of water into yards and sewers already running out of control because of the heavy rains. He says some homes are half under water.
Keithley says authorities and volunteers have given up filling sandbags in the town, a small community of farm workers.
The water has pushed debris into the town and sent abandoned cars floating.
Flash floods and rivers that have quickly risen to record or near-record levels have inundated communities around the state.
Gov. Pat Quinn has issued a disaster declaration.
The city of St. Louis is closing several flood gates to keep the Mississippi River out of the city after heavy rain swept through the region on Thursday.
The St. Louis City Streets Department began closing and raising the gates Friday morning as the river is expected to crest on Wednesday at 39.5 feet.
Officials closed four gates Friday and erected the gates at Poplar Street and Carr Street along Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard.
City officials said crews would continue to shut gates throughout the weekend. They said the schedule could change depending on the latest forecasts and needs of businesses impacted by the rising river.
The City of St. Peters is making preparations at a number of facilities in the interest of public safety and threat of flooding.
Currently, five St. Peters City Parks’ facilities are closed including:
• Woodlands Park
• Rabbit Run Park
* Lone Wolf Park
• Brown Road Park
• Sports Center Park
• St. Peters Municipal Golf Course
As of dusk Friday (7 p.m.), 370 Lakeside Park will also be closed to the general public.
These St. Peters City Parks will be closed until the threat of flooding has ended.
The city says it will provide updated information via a special FLOODWATCH section on the home page of their website, www.stpetersmo.net
St. Louis firefighters were forced to evacuate a burning home on Theodosia in north St. Louis this morning. One person inside the home has died. Details to follow.