The trial continues tomorrow in the case of Trooper the pit bull who was dragged behind a truck for miles along Interstate 55. Investigators say 41-year-old Benetta Johnson allowed the pit bull to be tied to a trailer hitch before the dragging took place in November. Johnson told police that she was attempting to return the dog to her ex-husband, and that her 13-year-old son was supposed to place the dog in the bed of her ex-husband's truck. But instead, the ex unknowingly dragged the pup for several miles. Johnson is expected to testify in her own defense on Thursday. Meanwhile Trooper, who was re-named by the Humane Society, is making a remarkable recovery.
Mizzou guard Phil Pressey announced he's declaring for the NBA draft.
Missouri announced Wednesday that the junior point guard has decided to hire an agent and declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.
Players who declare have until April 16 to withdraw and retain their NCAA eligibility, but Pressey’s decision to hire an agent – Creative Artists Agency – effectively shuts the door on a return to Missouri.
The trial resumes tomorrow for an East St. Louis, Illinois woman accused of animal abuse.
A pit bull puppy was found tied to her her ex-husband's pickup truck and was dragged down a St. Louis interstate.
The case now goes to the defense on Thursday after prosecutors yesterday rested their case in the bench trial of 41-year-old Benetta Johnson.
Authorities believe Johnson tried to return the dog now dubbed Trooper to her ex-husband and, according to her statement to police, told her 13-year-old son last November to put the dog in the bed of her former spouse's pickup truck.
The teen instead tied the puppy to the truck's trailer hitch, and the driver didn't see the dog and began driving down Interstate 55.
The dog survived but underwent a series of operations.
If your commute takes you near Hanley and Manchester Roads, you might want to try another way to get to your destination.
MSD crews are making emergency repairs to a major underground storm water sewer pipe that might have completely collapsed.
MSD says the 42-inch corrugated metal storm water sewer pipe runs under all lanes of Hanley Road. MSD says they first found out about it Tuesday when they got a report of a sinking roadway.
Each of Hanley's outside lanes are closed to traffic south of Manchester. Some 40,000 motorists travel on Hanley every day.
It's day two in the trial of a 20-year-old man accused of killing an elderly Vietnamese man in the so-called "knockout game."
Prosecutors say Elex Murphy was one of four teenagers who randomly attacked 72-year-old Hoang Nguyen in April of 2011.
According to police, Nguyen was walking home from a grocery store with his wife in broad daylight near Spring and Chippewa, when then 18-year-old Murphy and the group of teens attacked the couple. Police say Murphy punched Nguyen in the head and then punched his wife in the eye. Nguyen later died at St. Louis University Hospital.
In the "knockout game" people are chosen at random and beaten, with the attacks often captured on cell phone video.
Murphy wept silently in court yesterday as Nguyen's widow described the deadly attack.
Fair St. Louis has announced their headline music acts.
Kicking off the fair on Independence Day is Country Star Trace Adkins. Then on Friday is lead-singer of Poison Bret Michaels. Finishing off the fair on Saturday is The Counting Crows.
Performers for the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert series will be announced on May 1.
Admission to Fair St. Louis and Summer Concerts are free.
Votes are still being counted in some metro-east elections.
Some of the race results are in: Edwardsville has chosen a new mayor. Hal Patton defeated Barb Stamer in that race. Patton will replace Mayor Gary Niebur, who's led the city since 1992. Mark Eckert will remain Mayor of Belleville, having beaten Jospeph Hayden and Phillip Elmore.
Other contests are still up in the air: In Alton, Mayor Tom Hoechst could possibly lose his seat to write-in candidate Brant Walker but county Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza said final numbers probably won't be available until Wednesday.
A property tax increase aimed at preventing the sort of cuts made in other districts has failed in O'Fallon. Supporters had asked residents to approve a temporary tax to cover the gap until the state of Illinois paid its share of funding. The tax would have generated about $3 million dollars a year, but it was soundly defeated with 65-percent of voters saying no.
Voter turn out was low, as expected, in most polling places in Tuesday's Consolidated Elections. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that turnout ranged from 13 percent in East St. Louis, to 21 percent in Belleville.
An 87 year old woman is dead, two others people are in the hospital after a man fleeing police crashed into the car she was in.
St. Louis police say officers were trying to locate an 18 year old man who was wanted by another jurisdiction. Officers found him in a car at Grand and Osage about 3:00 p.m. Police say the man sped away when officers approached.
Witnesses told police that the man's car slammed into the other vehicle, and he took off on foot. Police caught him a short time later.
The 87 year old woman and two other people in the car with her were taken to the hospital. The woman later died. The other two victims are expected to survive.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon wants to know what modifications to Missouri's Medicaid system may be acceptable to federal health care officials.
Nixon was to talk over the phone Tuesday with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about a potential Medicaid expansion. Specifically, Nixon wants to know how much flexibility Missouri has to make market-based changes or require co-payments from adults earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level, which is about $27,000 annually for a family of three.
Sebelius has said previously that states must expand Medicaid to that level in order to qualify for full federal funding.
Earlier Tuesday, Nixon met with Republican senators about a Medicaid expansion. He says it was a substantive, thoughtful discussion.
So far, however, Republicans have been reluctant to embrace the Medicaid expansion.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - With less than six weeks left in the annual session, a gun-control bill has received its first hearing by a Missouri legislative committee.
The Senate General Laws heard testimony Tuesday on a bill requiring parents to notify their child's school if they own a firearm. It would also create crimes for improperly storing a firearm and for a parent failing to stop their child from possessing an illegal weapon.
The Republican-led committee did not take a vote and is unlikely to take action on the legislation in its current form.
Sponsoring Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of University City, says it would help urban areas cope with juvenile gang violence. Opponents say the bill would infringe on gun rights and would not solve illegal firearm possession.