JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed seven bills dealing with the military and veterans.
Nixon was promoting four of the measures Wednesday during events in Springfield and Cape Girardeau.
One of the bills could help veterans qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at Missouri's public colleges and universities immediately after they leave the military.
Veterans with an honorable or general discharge will be required to "demonstrate presence and declare residency" to receive in-state tuition. Students currently must live in Missouri for 12 consecutive months, obtain a Missouri driver's license and earn at least $2,000 during a 12-month period.
Other newly signed measures are designed to help the state treasurer identify the owners of military medals that are unclaimed property and deal with voting by those overseas and in the military.
Two students and a construction worker were taken to the hospital after a chemical leak at Hazelwood East High School.
Around 10:40 AM, a Police resource officer noticed a strange odor. All students attended summer school were evacuated while the source of the odor was located. Fire crews are on site and expect to have the investigation completed by 2PM.
No word on the condition of the three hospitalized victims.
MoDOT has chosen a company to build the pedestrian lid over I-70 downtown. The Park Over the Highway project has been awarded to KCI Construction Company, who put in a winning bid of $26.4 million. It was the lowest of six bids submitted for the project, which will connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis. Construction is expected to begin in August, and is a scheduled to be completed by July 2015. Construction will start near the Martin Luther King Bridge, then move to Walnut Street.
METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel is firing up its production again after a yearlong shutdown due to federally requested upgrades.
The Honeywell plant in Metropolis was scheduled to resume operations Wednesday. That comes a little more than a week after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave the green light for the plant to again refine raw uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride. That's later processed into fuel for commercial power reactors.
The plant has been closed since May of last year after the commission ordered Honeywell to make the site able to withstand an earthquake or tornado. The plant also had to revise its emergency response plans for natural disasters.
The company in recent months has been hiring back workers, among other things, to get them retrained.
The Crestwood Court Mall will soon be shuttering its doors for good. The 55-year-old mall, the oldest in St. Louis County, now has a sign on the door telling patrons that it will be closed for good on Thursday. Lens Crafters is the only store that will remain open. They have a separate entrance to the mall. Centrum Partners is the Chicago-based developer that owns Crestwood Court. Last year they proposed a $100-million plan to convert the area into an entertainment district, but the city Crestwood says the asking price of $34 million in tax increment financing is too steep a price.
A nine-year-old boy continues to fight for his life after being shot in the head overnight.
St. Louis Police say the child was riding in a car with his father and two other men, an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old. They were travelling on Goodfellow near Lillian Avenue around 3:30am Wednesday when the boy was hit.
They took the child to a nearby police station for help where he was rushed to St. Louis Children's Hospital. Police tell KTRS news no one else was hurt.
Goodfellow was closed Wednesday morning between Lillian and Sherry Avenues while police investigated.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Panera Bread's latest pay-what-you-can experiment will be retooled and brought back next winter as a seasonal offering.
The Meal of Shared Responsibility was pulled Wednesday.
Since March, Panera had offered a single menu item, Turkey Chili in a Bread Bowl, at its 48 St. Louis-area restaurants.
Customers set their own price.
The idea was that the needy could get a nutritious meal for whatever they could pay; those paying above cost make up the difference.
Panera founder Ron Shaich told The Associated Press that too few needy people were participating, in part because most Panera locations are in middle-class and affluent areas.
And after initial publicity and marketing, awareness dropped off.
Shaich believes a better plan is to offer the program for short periods, when in-store marketing can remain focused.
MARYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus' office says doctors performed two medical procedures on his heart after he noticed his heart was beating with an abnormal rhythm.
The Republican congressman's office say doctors in St. Louis earlier Tuesday performed an electrophysiology test and a procedure known as an ablation. An ablation is a non-surgical procedure used to correct an abnormal heart beat.
Shimkus' office says doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Shimkus is at home in Collinsville and will miss all House of Representatives votes this week. He plans to return to a normal work schedule the week of July 15.
The 55 year old Shimkus represents Illinois 15th Congressional District. He's been a member of Congress since 1997.
Many parents in the unaccredited Riverview Gardens school district are unhappy after district officials announced they'll bus students to the Mehlville School District in order to comply with a Missouri Supreme Court ruling. The South County district is about 30 miles from the failing one in North County.
Parents aren't the only one's expressing concerns. Mehlville's superintendent says his district lacks the space for transferring students. Eric Knost says his district welcomes the transferring students, but warns that Mehville's classrooms are already at capacity.
Riverview officials say they're working to re-earn accreditation quickly and hope that parents will keep their kids enrolled there.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting low-level flights across sections of Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee this week looking for clues about the New Madrid earthquake fault zone.
The USGS begins conducting the flights Wednesday over a 1,400-square-mile area across southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas and western Tennessee. Crews will be measuring the magnetic field of the earth and underground rock formations to help locate concealed faults associated with the New Madrid seismic zone.
The USGS says the New Madrid area has been the most seismically active region in the United States east of the Rockies for decades.
The USGS says while there's no evidence of an imminent large earthquake, the agency has serious concerns about the potential repeat of a destructive earthquake like those that occurred in the 1800s.