Just a week after severe storms brought damaging wind and tornadoes to the St. Louis area, the threat of more dangerous weather is in the forecast. Hazelwood residents continue to clean up after a twister ripped through their community last week. But their mayor is hoping they'll now shift focus from patching roofs to preparing for the next round of storms.
Mayor Matthew Robinson says he hopes people heed the warning the next time the tornado sirens sound. "When they do," he said, "obviously you can see what we went through here in Hazelwood. People need to take shelter, because you never know. You never know when that train’s going to be coming.”
The mayor says if temporary tarps are damaged in this next round of storms, there are materials and supplies and volunteers that’ll come out again and help patch them up again.
Meanwhile residents in one storm-battered Hazelwood apartment complex are still trying to recover. That includes Renee Fletcher, who spent Tuesday gathering her things from her damaged apartment before they could be ruined by more bad weather.
Fletcher says some things have already been ruined. "There is significant molding that’s already taking place in the building," she said. "So definitely, you want to get your things out, but it’s not safe for you to be in there anyway."
Fletcher had lived at the Teson Garden Apartments when the tornado struck last week. All nine buildings in the complex were so badly damaged, they've been condemned. Police say residents have until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to collect their belongings. Then the buildings will be closed up for repairs. Two of the buildings may need to be torn down.
Authorities are taking extra security precautions around St. Louis in light of the Boston bombings.
St. Louis Police and Metro Transit authorities say they'd added security measures downtown Tuesday during both the Mayor's inauguration and the Blues game. But they say there have been no specific threats made. The extra measures are precautionary.
There was a stepped up police and security presence both inside and outside Scottrade Center Tuesday night. Hockey fans endured long lines to get inside, passing through extra screenings that included metal detectors and bag searches.
Just before the Blues game against the Vancouver Canucks, the team paid tribute to the Boston victims with a moment of silence.
Metro-east police continue to search for an armed man who held up the National Bank in Alhambra Tuesday afternoon.
The Madison County Sheriff's office reports that the bandit walked in the front door of the bank with a handgun and demanded cash from an employee. The robber took the cash, and then fled on foot.
Authorities locked now the near-by Alhambra Elementary School as a precaution while they searched for the suspect.
He's still at large.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is imploring Missouri residents to lobby their lawmakers in a final push to expand Medicaid coverage for lower-income adults.
The Democratic governor headlined a nearly hour-long rally Tuesday that his administration says drew more than 1,000 people to the Missouri Capitol. It featured business leaders, doctors, pastors and others all lending their support to the Medicaid expansion called for under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Republican legislative leaders have so far refused to expand Medicaid, citing the potential long-term costs to the state.
Tuesday's rally may have done little to change that.
House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka, says a majority of his constituents "do not want us to implement any form of Obamacare."
Missouri legislators have just four weeks remaining in their 2013 session.
An Amber Alert has been issued for the entire state of Illinois.
1-year-old Bryeon Hunter was taken Tuesday by three Hispanic men, driving a two door black sports car.
Bryeon is a black boy, about 2 feet tall, and weighing about 30 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue striped long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and blue and brown Nike boots.
Bryeon was taken from Maywood in the city of Chicago.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Maywood Police Department at 708.450.4471
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Parents could give up newborn babies without legal consequences 45 days after birth under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri Senate.
The measure endorsed Tuesday increases parents' "safe harbor" period from the current five-day window.
Parents of newborns can currently hand over a baby to medical professionals, firefighters, emergency medical technicians or law enforcement. The legislation would add pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes to that list.
Sponsoring Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Republican from Kansas City, says his measure would help protect children from being abused or neglected by parents unfit to care for their child.
His bill also includes a provision requiring students attending a public university to be vaccinated for meningitis if they live in on-campus housing and do not have religious objections.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - SSM Health Care, one of the largest Catholic health care providers in the U.S., plans to purchase the Dean Health Systems group in Wisconsin.
The merger announced Tuesday is pending approval of Dean physician shareholders and regulators. SSM says the transaction could be complete by this summer. Terms were not disclosed.
St. Louis-based SSM is a non-profit organization with 18 hospitals and other health care operations in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
Dean Health Systems is a Madison, Wis.-based physician-owned organization with more than 60 clinics, plus eye care and pharmacy operations. It already partners with SSM for the Dean Health Plan insurance provider in Wisconsin.
Late Tuesday night, some American Airlines passengers were still waiting to get to their destinations after a computer glitch grounded the carrier's flights most of the day.
American officials say a problem with their flight reservations system forced them to cancel or delay more than 700 flights across the country, including more than 20 Lambert Airport flights.
The glitch was resolved around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, too late for some passengers, who'll have to wait to travel until Wednesday.
Check aa.com for flight information.
JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County police are investigating the death of a 2-month-old boy in Jennings.
The child is identified as Adrian Robertson. Police were called to a home about 3 p.m. Monday. Adrian was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later. His cause of death was not released.
Toxicology tests have been performed and the medical's examiner's office is awaiting results.
CHICAGO (AP) - Nearly 250 physicians are calling on Illinois lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for patients with serious illnesses.
Three physicians spoke during a news conference Tuesday. They say marijuana can be a safer and more effective treatment than narcotics for patients with diseases such as cancer and HIV.
The Illinois House is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would create a medical marijuana pilot program. It would allow physicians who have an existing relationship with a patient to prescribe marijuana for certain conditions. Patients would be limited to buying 2.5 ounces at a time from dispensaries regulated by the state.
Julie Falco of Chicago uses marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms. Falco says she and other patients shouldn't be considered criminals for trying to ease their suffering.