JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Prison sentences for Missouri juveniles convicted of first-degree murder remain uncertain because lawmakers did not pass a new sentencing scheme before adjourning.
Under state law, people under 18 convicted of first-degree murder are automatically sentenced to life without parole. But a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision said such automatic sentences are unconstitutional.
The high court said states had to consider an offender's upbringing and role in the crime before sentencing a juvenile to life without parole.
Republican Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, proposed legislation that would have left life without parole as a possibility but also would have allowed juveniles to be given a 50-year prison term. But it stalled in the closing days of the Legislature's session that ended last week
For a second day, heavy rainfall has delayed the start of a project at the Bridgeton Landfill.
But when work begins to get rid of an odor coming from the landfill--homeowners who live nearby are staying in nearby hotels. They're concerned their homes could be broken into while they're away.
Missouri Attorney General and Bridgeton police chief Don Hood promise residents both marked and unmarked cars will be patrolling those neighborhoods affected by the temporary move.
Blowback against the IRS is becoming more local.
Fox 2 reports that members of the Tea Party are holding a rally outside an IRS Office in Town and Country. The protesters are upset of the targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
President Obama denies knowledge of the targeting and removed the commissioner of the IRS.
Route N is currently closed in Cottleville due to last night's storms and the high levels of Dardenne Creek.
The road is closed west of Weise Road, just west of downtown Cottleville. Linda Wilson with the Missouri Department of Transportation says they do not know when the water will lower enough to reopen the road.
With the road closed, motorists cannot drive from Cottleville to Route K on Route N.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Corn growers across the Midwest have made up for lost time in a big way from a slow start to planting season after a waterlogged spring.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 71 percent of the corn crop in key grain states is sowed. That's up from just 28 percent a week ago, though the pace remains behind the average of the previous five years of 79 percent.
Huge strides are being made in Iowa, where the 71 percent of the state's corn crop is in the ground is more than quadruple where it stood a week ago.
Three-quarters of Illinois' corn crop is sown, as is 70 percent of the crop in neighboring Missouri.
At this time last year, nearly all the corn crop had been planted.
Crews will begin closing roads today in Town & Country ahead of the Senior PGA Tournament at Bellerive Country Club.
From 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. today through Sunday, Ladue Road will be closed to non-golf tournament traffic from Mason Road to Highway 141.
Only vehicles with the proper hang-tags will be allowed to travel in that area.
St. Charles City is one step closer to crafting a smoking ban of some sorts. The question is whether there will be any exemptions. The city heard input from citizens Monday night during the 3rd and final public hearing on the issue. Some citizens argue smoking is a health issue while others argued that it's about personal rights and a level playing field.
St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith favors a ban that would exempt the Ameristar Casino because the city receives a large portion of its revenue from the casino. She says in 2012 the casino provided an estimated $13 million in revenue for city services.
Ameristar officials say a smoking ban would put them at a disadvantage competing against other casinos in the area.
Several owners of other local businesses oppose the casino exemption. They argue that its unfair to require most businesses to comply but give Ameristar a pass.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's legislative session is over, but the work may continue for some lawmakers.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he is considering appointing at least three committees to study issues before the 2014 session.
A joint panel of Senate and House members could look into potential changes to the Medicaid health care program for the poor.
Another committee could study potential projects to be included in a bonding proposal that would be put before voters.
Dempsey said an interim committee also could look into changes to the state's regional solid waste management districts.
All of those committees would be continuing work on measures that failed to pass during the legislative session that ended Friday.
The search continues for a man in the Mississippi River.
Police say two men were in a car that was parked near the Merchants Bridge in north St. Louis when it started to roll. The car traveled into the water, where one man was able to get out. Fishermen helped pull him from the water. The second man was last seen floating down the river face down.
Search boats are out looking for the man.
St. Louis ciyy and county police are launching a new program that targets violence in high-crime areas.
The "St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence" or "SIRV" was announced this morning. Officials say SIRV is a grass roots crime fighting effort that will combine the efforts of additional police resources and community leaders. The pilot program will focus on kids and young adults and include Jennings in North County and the Walnut Park and Baden neighborhoods in north St. Louis.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch, and former police chief Dan Isom, were on hand for the announcement.