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.
It has been over two hundred years since the powerful New Madrid earthquakes.
Scientists now say that lull could end in the not-too-distant future. They expect a the fault to unleash a large scale quake within the next 50 years. That could cause devastation in seven states, including Illinois and Missouri and come with a price tag in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
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.
Springfield, IL - AP - Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois has a chance to make history before the end of the legislative session this month on the issues of pension reform and same-sex marriage.
The Chicago Democrat says he wants lawmakers to approve an overhaul of the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis by the end of the month and send it to his desk. Lawmakers also have a proposal on the table that would make Illinois the 13th state to legalize gay marriage.
94 employees at the downtown Macy's are starting the job search.
The retailer announced they plan to close their downtown store this summer. Macy's officials say that eligible workers will be offered a severance options. The retail giant still employees around 3,000 people in stores, warehouses, and a distribution center in the metro area.
The downtown Macy's store opened in 1924.
UPDATE: Five people are dead following a single-vehicle accident on I-70 near Vandalia, IL.
The Vandalia Leader-Union reports the fatalities. Police say a van drove off the highway and flipped over. There were at least 14 passengers on board. Some of the people sustained serious injuries and are on their way to St. Louis hospitals.
Emergency crews have closed eastbound 70 near the accident.
Our rainy weather has postponed the start of repairs to fix a noxious smell at the Bridgeton landfill.
Landfill owners, Republic Services had warned residents that the smell will get worse during the early phase of moving things around to ultimately snuff the stench.
Residents who live near by have been offered expenses to stay in a hotel. All work should be completed by June 14th.
LAKE OZARK, Mo. (AP) - Everything from power boats to pontoon boats will be competing next month in races at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Lake Race 2013 is planned for June 8 and 9 at Bagnell Dam. Organizers of the Offshore Super Series say the competition will include the sanctioned pontoon boat race.
There also will be events leading up to the competition, including a tribute party to honor high-profile boaters.
The race is returning to the central Missouri lake this year after a hiatus tied in part to the economy.
Another line of storms is pushing through the St. Louis area as of 7:00 a.m. Monday. Severe storms that pushed through the St. Louis metro area early Monday morning brought strong winds and lightning. The storms caused scattered power outages that plunged thousands of residents into the dark.
As of 7:05 a.m., about 88-hundred people are without power on the Missouri side of the river with about half in St. Louis County and another 19-hundred in the Metro East-mainly in St. Clair County.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A north St. Louis County man admits that he stole money from his 4-year-old nephew's piggy bank to use for drugs and prostitutes.
KSDK reports 31-year-old Baron Calmese pleaded guilty Friday to a felony stealing charge. He will be sentenced next month.
Calmese was arrested last July after he took more than $500 for his nephew's piggy bank.
Investigators say Calmese took the money after first asking the boy's mother — his sister — if he could borrow some change. The woman told Calmese he could take $2 but he took all the money he could shake out of the bank.