The economic progress continues in St. Charles County with today's announcement that the Family Arena has landed a new tenant. The St. Charles Chill will open its inaugural season in the Central Hockey League in mid-October. Mark Reifsteck is the General Manager for the Arena and he says sports teams give the facility a solid financial base of operations.
"We've added in the last probably four months 63 event dates with the Monsters, the Ambush and now the Chill, so that's a lot. It's good", says Reifsteck.
The Chill faces off October 15th. Their first opponent has not been announced. The team will be coached by former St. Louis Blues defenseman Jamie Rivers.
A trial date is set for the O'Fallon, Missouri man accused of killing a Caruthersville police officer.
The trial of 31-year-old Deonta Williamson will start January 27. Prosecutors say Williamson first tried to set his stepfather on fire and burn down his home in O'Fallon. Hours later Police saw the suspect driving a stolen SUV on Missouri 84 in the bootheel. Officers set up spike strips to stop Williamson, but he rammed a police cruiser. The collision killed officer Evan Burns.
In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Williamson faces assault, arson and armed criminal action charges from the O’Fallon incident.
Unemployment is trending down in the St. Louis area.
The unemployment rate in the metro area sits at 7% in May--that is down from the level last year. The local unemployment rate is also lower than the national level of 7.3 percent.
The St. Louis workforce now sits just a bit above 1.3 million.
Parents of students in one Jefferson County school district can expect a letter after a tense incident Tuesday morning.
The bomb and arson team was called to House Springs Elementary after a suspicious was found near the school. Investigators determined the package was a bundle of sparklers. The superintendent of Northwest R-1 District plans to send a letter to parents about the incident.
Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel's campaign to return property to its rightful owner is breaking records.
Zweifel's office has returned nearly $40 million in fiscal year 2013. Compare that to around $38 million last year. Zweifel says there is still room for improvement in the program. There is still over $230 million in unclaimed property for the St. Louis region.
You can check to see if you have unclaimed property at showmemoney.com.
Troubled homeowners could be getting some help as soon as next week.
Borrowers who are at least 90 days behind on their mortgage and have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will start receiving offers from lenders to lower payments. This is part of an effort called the "Streamlined Modification Initiative". The exact number of homeowners who will receive offers is not known.
A couple of other restrictions on eligible loans; owners cannot be more than 24 months behind and the loan has to be at least a year old.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is going to remain closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage.
The outage started just before 9 AM. Just a few visitors were in the museum when the power went out. It is not known what caused the outage. The museum is set to open tomorrow at 10 AM.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has appointed a 50-member task force to study potential changes to the Medicaid health care program for the poor.
The panel is made up of 14 lawmakers and 36 private citizens, including many who are doctors, hospital officials or otherwise involved in health care. But the panel also includes one person identified as a Medicaid recipient.
The large task force is to gather public testimony and research about Medicaid changes. A separate committee of 21 lawmakers then will take that information and craft legislation for the 2014 session.
Missouri's Republican-led Legislature rejected a plan earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to expand Medicaid eligibility in accordance with the new federal health care law.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is changing legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns to cap the number of firearms and ammunition that can be carried and to ban guns from any establishment where alcohol is served.
The Democratic governor is using his amendatory veto power to tweak the legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure.
A federal appeals court ruled in December that it was unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed firearms and gave it until July 9 to comply.
Quinn says he never agreed with the court's ruling and the bill lawmakers sent him is flawed and needs changes.
The legislation permits qualified gun owners who pass background checks and undergo 16 hours of training to get permits for $150.
ConAgra Foods, which acquired St. Louis-based food maker Ralcorp earlier this year, says it will now be shedding 50 employees in St. Louis. Back in March, ConAgra said it was planning to keep Ralcorp's downtown office and their 500 employees. But just a few days ago, the company filed a federally-mandated mass layoff notice with the state. Those layoffs will take place before the end of July. Some of the major ConAgra brands include Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher, and Slim Jim. ConAgra acquired Ralcorp for $6.8 billion in January.