A St. Louis man is headed to prison for the rest of his life for murdering a newspaper manager.
Rico Paul was given the sentence for shooting and killing Paul Reiter, the manager of the St. Louis American. Reiter was shot as he was calling 911 to report a burglary that Paul was committing.
A jury found Paul guilty in his second trial--the first ended in a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a verdict.
Closures are scheduled for multiple interstates in downtown St. Louis later this week.
The first closures start Thursday evening at 7 PM. Crews will close two left lanes on westbound 70 from Biddle to Branch, but they should reopen by Friday morning rush. Ramps from the MLK Bridge and Biddle will also close at 7 PM Thursday and will open by the Saturday morning.
· Friday, September 20: Crews will be closing the two right lanes on westbound Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. At 12:01 Saturday, crews will close the right two lanes on the eastbound PSB. All PSB lanes are projected to reopen before 5 a.m. Monday.
· Saturday, September 21, after 12:01 a.m. crews will periodically close either the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the Poplar Street Bridge or the ramp from northbound I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge. Neither ramp will be closed at the same time. Both ramps will be open by 5 a.m. Monday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - It probably won't affect her sour mood, but Grumpy Cat now has an endorsement deal.
Nestle Purina PetCare said Tuesday that the frown-faced Internet sensation - real name Tardar Sauce - is now the "spokescat" for a Friskies brand of cat food. The St. Louis-based company didn't release terms of the deal.
Grumpy Cat, whose brown and white face wears a constant scowl, has become an online sensation.
Her photos are a constant presence on Facebook and other social media, and she's among the biggest stars of the peculiar trend of cat dominance on Web videos and postings.
Grumpy Cat's own Facebook page has 1.3 million likes. The dour animal also has more than 111,000 Twitter followers.
Nestle Purina featured Grumpy Cat in an online video game series in March.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former St. Louis mayor is accused of mishandling clients' funds through his law firm.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Freeman Bosley Jr. is facing disciplinary action from the Missouri Supreme Court.
A complaint was filed with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel in June but just made public. The counsel investigates allegations of misconduct by lawyers.
Bosley was St. Louis' first black mayor, elected in 1993. He lost a 1997 re-election bid and went into private law practice.
Bosley's attorney, Michael Downey, says the allegations involve money-management issues related to the trust account of Bosley's firm. He says Bosley accepts responsibility for the mistakes, but says none of Bosley's clients were deprived of any money due to them.
Area residents should be on the lookout as a Chesterfield grandmother fell victim to a scam.
Police say the woman was contacted by a group of scammers who told her that her grandson was being held in a foreign prison. The woman says that over a series of phone calls, she was convinced to wire a quarter-of-a-million dollars to a bank in Peru.
Chesterfield police say they have not received other reports of similar scams, but residents should still be aware.
Residents in the New Town area were treated to an unexpected water show Tuesday morning. A water main break broke through the ground and shot a geyser nearly 50 feet into the air at the corner of New Town Blvd and Fountain Lakes Industrial Drive. Traffic on New Town Blvd was stopped in both directions.
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Two central Illinois men are facing charges after authorities say they stole more than $1 million in equipment from Caterpillar Inc.
John R. Peters, 50, of East Peoria, and 35-year-old Eliot J. Wells, of Peoria, are each being held on $500,000 bond in the Tazewell County Jail. Both have ties to the Peoria-based heavy equipment maker. Peters used to work for Caterpillar, while Wells is a current employee.
Court document show the stolen machinery was being sold on eBay.
It wasn't clear if the two men had retained attorneys. Peters' phone rang unanswered Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wells' number wasn't listed.
Caterpillar officials said in a statement that they're working with authorities as part of the investigation into the thefts.
St. Louisians love their barbecue and apparently it shows. On its' blog, MOVOTO Real Estate has ranked the top ten meat-loving cities in the country. The criteria include steak houses per capita, butcher shops per capita, barbecue restaurants, burger joints and hot dog vendors per capita, as well as the number of National BBQ Festivals annually and cattle ranches within 15 miles. Orlando ranks number one, followed by Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Las Vegas with St. Louis in the number-five spot. Rounding out the top ten are Birmingham, Tulsa, Baton Rouge, and Miami with Honolulu and Tampa tied at number ten.
Additional steps are being undertaken to reduce the strong odors emanating from the Bridgeton Landfill. Owners of the landfill, Republic Services, say they are adding 7 acres of tarp to control the smell which has been so bad that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit on behalf of residents. Gas extraction pumps have also been installed to reduce the odor. Despite some improvement, there are still days when the smell is overwhelming. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says more short-term odors may be generated as gas extraction wells are prepared for the installation of the liner.
Texas Governor Rick Perry will be back in Missouri at the end of the month.
Perry had created a buzz earlier this summer with an ad campaign that attempted to lure businesses away from Missouri. He visited the state to lobby, unsuccessfully, for an override of Governor Nixon's tax cut veto.
Perry, fellow former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist will all address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or "CPAC" gathering St. Louis. The regional convention of the American Conservative Union is a showcase for the conservative political movement.
Other confirmed participants include Missouri's junior Senator Roy Blunt and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.