SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois farmers still can't begin planting their corn crops due to muddy fields caused by the heavy rains that inundated the state in recent weeks.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that as of Monday there's been no significant planting done in Illinois because many fields are simply too wet for farmers to get out in them in tractors.
The USDA says just 1 percent of the state's corn crop has been sown. This time last year, three-quarter of the state's cornfields were planted, more than double the five-year average of 36 percent.
Nationwide among key farming states, 4 percent of the corn crop is in the ground, down from 49 percent a year ago at this time.
There's more fallout from an attack on a student inside a community college restroom.
St. Louis Community College Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey announced in a letter Monday that the president of the Meramec campus, where the attack occurred, has resigned. Meramec President George Wasson's resignation is effective immediately.
This follows sharp criticism about the college’s handling of the attack. The suspect, 18 year old Jevon Mallory, had been taken into custody, immediately after the incident, but was released by campus police with a warning.
He was re-arrested five days later and is currently in jail, facing felony assault charges.
Another issue of contention is the fact that no campus alerts had been issued after the attack.
Wildwood Campus President Pam McIntyre will take over as interim president of the Meramec campus during a search for Wasson’s replacement. Wildwood’s vice president will be interim president of that campus.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A St. Charles man charged in the death of a 4-month-old girl now faces additional charges, including first-degree murder and forcible sodomy.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that 24-year-old Jordan Lafayette Prince is also charged with child abuse in the baby's December 2012 death. He was originally charged with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.
Court records show that the cause of death was asphyxiation, but the child also suffered serious injuries related to sodomy, which caused internal bleeding.
Prince told police he became frustrated with the baby because she wouldn't stop crying. He's been jailed on 150,000, cash bail.
A lawyer representing Prince didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Seth Maness from Memphis (AAA) and optioned left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to the triple-A club. Maness, 24, was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance.
Maness was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts at Memphis this season, striking out 18 and walking just three in 25.0 innings pitched. Maness was an 11th round selection for the Cardinals out of East Carolina University in 2011.
The 6-0, 190-pound North Carolina native has displayed impeccable control throughout his pro career, allowing just 18 total walks in 247.2 innings pitched. Maness worked six or more innings in each of his four starts at Memphis and has done so in 27 of his 38 career minor league starts.
Rzepczynski made nine appearances to begin the 2013 season with St. Louis, allowing seven runs in 8.0 innings of work with no decisions.
Maness will join the Cardinals for tonight’s series opener against the Reds and will wear uniform # 61.
A south city Schnucks grocery store has issued a voluntary recall for all ground sausage sold on a weekend.
The Hampton Village Schnucks issued the recall after a customer returned a package of ground sausage with pieces of the tray packaging pad inside.
The recall includes all fresh ground sausage purchased Sunday, April 28 with a "sell-by" date of May 2.
As a precaution, all fresh ground sausage was pulled from the shelves, the grinder cleaned, and newly ground sausage put out for sale.
Schnucks said this was an isolated incident and no other stores were affected. No injuries or illnesses were reported.
Customers with questions are encouraged to contact the Schnucks Consumer Affairs Department at 314-994-4400 or 800-264-4400.
For the second time in one week, the Missouri Lottery has made a millionaire out of a Lotto player in the St. Louis area.
One lucky ticket was sold at the Dierbergs in the 62-hundred block of Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. The winner matched all six numbers drawn on April 27 to win the $1.1 million jackpot prize. The winning number combination was: 3, 14, 25, 32, 35 and 44.
May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Lottery says, “In addition to this weekend’s big winner, we’re also anxiously awaiting to hear from last Saturday’s Lotto winner in Florissant.”
That ticket, worth $2.7 million, was sold at QuikTrip, 2105 N. Highway 67, for the April 20 drawing. The winning number combination was: 14, 20, 21, 24, 25 and 35.
Two suspects are under arrest in the shooting of a man who tried to get help at a Quiktrip gas station in Berkeley
Authorities said while the suspects are in custody but charges have not yet been filed.
St. Louis County Police spokesman Randy Vaughn said 20-year-old Paul Moore drove to the gas station in Bel Ridge near I-170 and Natural Bridge Rd.
Police said the shooting happened in the 9300 block of Koenig Circle in Berkeley.
Moore was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
Authorities said more information on the case would be released if charges are filed.
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.