St Louis based Peabody Energy is holding its annual shareholders meeting in Wyoming to highlight the importance of the coal-rich Powder River Basin.
A delegation of more than a dozen retired and active mine workers from West Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky and Florida are protesting.
One group critical of the company, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, claims the company is trying to avoid hearing concerns in its hometown.
Meantime, thousands of protesting mine workers returned to St. Louis today as hearings begin in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on demands by Peabody's Patriot Coal Company. Miners accuse Peabody of eliminating health care for retired miners and for making cuts in pay, benefits and working conditions for current miners.
In a statement, Peabody Energy says "The union continues to grandstand when it knows that this matter will be decided in the courts. Patriot was highly successful following its launch more than five years ago with significant assets, low debt and a market value that more than quadrupled in less than a year. Peabody has lived up to its obligations and continues to do so. This is a matter between the union and Patriot Coal, and will be decided in the bankruptcy court."
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - About 2,000 people are expected to show up for a free dental clinic in southeast Missouri.
The Southeast Missourian reports that the clinic is known as the Missouri Mission of Mercy.
More than 100 dentists and 1,000 volunteers are expected to participate during the Friday and Saturday event at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. It's being put on by the Missouri Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Association Foundation.
Extractions, cleaning and fillings will be provided. Paul Roberts, of the Missouri Dental Association, says patients also will receive literature designed to teach them how to avoid oral diseases.
The first Missouri Mission of Mercy clinic was held in 2011 in Springfield. It provided about $1 million in dental care services to more than 1,800 people.
A 12-year-old chess prodigy from California will make his next competitive move in St. Louis next month.
Tournament organizers say Samuel Sevian, of Santa Clara, is the youngest person ever to compete in the U.S. Championship to be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
For a fifth year the Club is playing host to the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women's Championship from May 3rd to 13th.
Tournament organizers say Samuel Sevian was just nine-years-old when he was named a "National Master." At the time, it made him the youngest person to achieve that title in U.S. chess history.
One person is dead after being thrown from a car in an accident off Collinsville Road. A portion of the road was shut down between N 47th St and N 49th St. in both directions in Fairmont City Monday morning and reopened near noon.
The Illinois State Police report a GMC Denali and Buick LeSabre were speeding westbound down Collinsville Road,
Both cars lost control and spun off to the right.
It's unclear if the two cars were racing but the Illinois State police said they were speeding. The accident happened around 4:45 Monday morning.
Fox 2 News reports several parents arrived at the scene as police interviewed several young people.
No names have been released.
More testimony is expected today in the trial of a St. Louis man charged with killing three people at a Minnesota home last year.
Thirty-five year old Eddie Mosley is charged in the deaths of DeLois Brown and her parents, Clover and James Bolden, Senior. The Bolden's had just moved from East St. Louis to be closer to their daughter.
Mosley's half-sister testified Friday that he'd seemed "desperate" to silence a teenager who had accused him of molesting her. She testified that he'd called the girl's mother several times in the days just before the murders.
Prosecutors say Mosley had driven from St. Louis to Brown's Brooklyn Park, Minnesota home to silence the girl, but she wasn't there.
Mosley's attorney says he had no motive for the killings.
Ladue High School administrators are hoping to start a new graduation tradition this year, one that doesn't include the notorious "Senior list." The list is an annual prank in which a list is published that makes sexually derogatory comments about several junior or senior girls.
The school made national headlines in 2012 when a parent filed a civil rights complaint over the list. That prompted a federal investigation.
Since then school officials have waged an aggressive anti-bullying, anti-sexual harassment campaign. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that they've also warned students of severe consequences for anyone who puts out such a list. Anyone involved in making a list face suspensions, and seniors won't be allowed to participate in graduation.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is holding fast to his position that legislation calling for the carrying of concealed weapons should allow city governments to decide their own standards.
But the Democratic governor's preference goes against lawmakers, who have given such ideas a chilly reception.
The General Assembly has until June 9 to end Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry because of a federal appeals court ruling.
Quinn wants larger cities such as Chicago to be able to set up their own standards for gun-toting citizens.
Gun-rights advocates say that would create a confusing "patchwork" of laws and put gun owners in jeopardy.
A plan in the Senate would give Chicago-area police the ability to deny gun permits. Gun owners and Republicans are cool to the idea.
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - The federal government won't make a decision for years on whether to close Scott Air Force Base, but leaders in southwest Illinois fear growing budget pressures in Washington could affect the facility's future.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Illinois congressmen are working to keep the base open even though the next round of base closures won't take place until at least 2015.
Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus tells the newspaper that the base's fate is at risk if Congress doesn't reform entitlement programs. Defense Department officials have said that the facility has more infrastructure than needed.
Civilian workers at the base near Mascoutah are already scheduled to start taking 20 days of unpaid furloughs between May and September as a result of a series of automatic federal budget cuts.
O'Fallon, Illinois Police aren't saying what prompted them to ask for help from the St. Louis Major Case Squad Sunday afternoon, only that a person was dead.
Police had been called to the victim's home in the 1300 block of Engle Court around 11:00 a.m. Saturday. O'Fallon police are now calling the victim's death "suspicious."
Major case investigators refused to comment on Sunday, but O'Fallon police say they expect to release more details on Monday.
Police are hoping someone will come forward with a tip that leads them to a sexual predator.
Students at Lindenwood University were alerted Sunday of a report of sexual assault overnight.
A Lindenwood University student was reportedly attacked early Sunday in the 1000 block of Powell. St. Charles Police are investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.