ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal indictment accuses 21 people in a multi-state car theft conspiracy.
Most of the suspects are from the St. Louis area. One is from Highland, Kan. Sixteen of the 21 have been arrested.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspects used a variety of means to steal luxury cars, SUVs and pickup trucks from individuals and dealerships in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. The cars were taken to Missouri and sold or disposed of. More than 100 vehicles were involved.
The indictment also accuses the suspects of falsely obtaining insurance proceeds. Charges include conspiracy, bank fraud, mail fraud and receipt of a stolen motor vehicle.
A Jefferson County woman faces child abuse charges after allegedly punching her 3-year-old daughter.
Patch.com reports that Prosecutors say that Amy Jordan hit the girl in February. The alleged abuse was uncovered when a state worker noticed a large bruise under the girls eye. The child abuse charges are a felony.
A St. Louis high school is on the list of the Top 200 in the country.
The list is created by the US News and World Report and considers over 21,000 public high schools when making the list. Metro Academic and Classical came in at number 135 an earned a gold medal from the publication.
The list uses data like state assessment test results, AP test scores, and enrollment to assign a college readiness score.
The full top 10 for Missouri high schools:
1. Metro Academic and Classical High School, St. Louis (St. Louis Public School District)
2. Clayton High School, Clayton (Clayton District)
3. Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood (Kirkwood R-VII District)
4. Marquette High School, Chesterfield (Rockwood School District)
5. Eureka Sr. High, Eureka (Rockwood School District)
6. Park Hill High School, Kansas City (Park Hill District)
7. Lindbergh High School, St. Louis (Lindbergh School District)
8. Rock Bridge Sr. High, Columbia (Columbia 93 District)
9. South High, Ballwin (Parkway C-2 District)
10. Lee's Summit West High, Lee's Summit (Lee's Summit R-VII District)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Millions of gallons of raw sewage are pouring into the Mississippi River from a St. Louis wastewater treatment plant where two of three pumps have failed.
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District spokesman Lance LeComb says the pumps went out on Sunday night, and it's unclear how quickly they may be fixed or replaced.
LeComb says the plant takes in 110 million gallons of sewage a day. While acknowledging the spillage's seriousness, he says the sewage that makes its way into the river is being diluted by the rain-swollen waterway.
He says the spill has been reported to the state.
The spill isn't likely to affect the river's recreational users, given that the currents are dangerously elevated. But many communities downriver from St. Louis draw their drinking water from the river.
A St. Charles County man faces over three decades in prison for allegedly causing an accident that took the life of an unborn baby.
Prosecutors say Paul Murphy was under the influence of benzodiazepine--an anxiety and insomnia medication--when he hit the car carrying a pregnant woman on March 16. The woman was 19 weeks pregnant when the accident happened and she gave birth to a still born baby.
If convicted on all three counts of assault he faces, Murphy could spend 36 years behind bars.
CHICAGO (AP) - The leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has signed on to co-sponsor a measure that would authorize same-sex couples to marry in the state.
Rep. Ken Dunkin announced his support for the legislation Tuesday. The Chicago Democrat says gay families living in his district are waiting for the state to treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Dunkin says the legislation would provide equal protection under the law for all families.
The proposal received Senate approval in February. Supporters say they are working to secure the 60 votes needed to pass the measure in the House.
If the bill becomes law, it would make Illinois the 10th state to allow same-sex marriage. Illinois approved civil unions in 2011.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's visit to try to entice businesses away from Illinois is merely "an escapade" and Illinois can compete with any state.
The Chicago Democrat took some jabs at Perry, who's in Illinois through Tuesday to lure jobs back to his home state.
On Tuesday, Quinn called the Texas Republican a "big talker" and pointed out his previous presidential campaign gaffes. Quinn says Perry didn't do well in the presidential campaign and he won't do well in Illinois.
Both governors were scheduled to speak Tuesday at a bioscience convention in Chicago.
A day earlier, Perry issued a challenge to Quinn saying his visit was about sparking competition between the states. Perry says Illinois' nearly $100 billion in pension debt is bad for business.
Creve Coeur-based Monsanto has announced that it will create nearly 700 jobs with a massive expansion project. The plant-science giant says it will spend over $400 million to improve it's Chesterfield research center. With the expansion, Monsanto says they will bring high-paying, high-tech jobs to the St. Louis area. The expansion will include new green houses, laboratories, and office space. The state of Missouri will help finance over $31 million of the project, if the company succeeds in creating 675 jobs. Construction is expected to begin in August with a completion date sometime in 2017.
A St. Louis Community College student is waiting anxiously for her accused attacker to be charged.
19-year-old Blythe Grupe was in class in the Communications North building last Thursday when she says a man she didn't know followed her into the women's bathroom on the Meramec campus in Kirkwood and began choking her.
She tells Fox 2 news she screamed--an instructor rushed to her rescue, restraining the man until police arrived. Chief Banta says they arrested the 18-year-old male student, but had to let him go until warrants are issued...
"Typically, when we arrest somebody, even for felonies, they can't be held for more than 24-hours."
Grupe says she wasn't seriously hurt, but she says she won't rest easy until her attacker is prosecuted.
The suspect has been banned from campus and the case turned over to the St. Louis County prosecutor.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis is reopened to shipping after the Coast Guard concluded 11 barges that sank last weekend in the rain-swollen waterway weren't a hazard to navigation.
The 15-mile stretch was reopened Monday, while investigators continue trying to determine what caused 114 barges to break free Saturday night from where they were docked in St. Louis County.
Four of the barges hit the Jefferson Barracks Bridge spanning the river between Missouri and Illinois. Officials determined that the bridge was undamaged.
All of the barges that didn't sink were corralled.
Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty says the breakaway could have been caused by various factors related to the elevated current of the rain-swollen river.
Fogarty says efforts to salvage the sunken barges will begin soon.