The Powerball jackpot for tonight's drawing is again in record territory. Missouri Lottery officials have announced the top prize has increased to $360 million, the third-largest jackpot in the game's history. The cash option is now worth an estimated $229.2 million before taxes. Players have until 8:59 p.m. CDT to purchase tickets.
Lottery officials say it's okay to dream, as long as players are responsible. They say even with a big prize like this one, it only takes one $2 ticket to win.
The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s drawing is also high -- an estimated $170 million. It costs just $1 for a chance at that prize.
The murder of a north city teen is bringing a community together in an effort to combat violence. His family watched in horror as 16 year old Pierre Childs was shot in the back in front of his home May 7th. Police have no suspects in his murder.
Tuesday night the teen's family, police and a group called "Positive Alternatives for Youth, Inc." held a town hall meeting to work on a plan to curb violence in north St. Louis. The plan includes drug sweeps and increased police patrols along with workforce training and GED classes.
St. Louis Police Major Ronnie Robinson says his department is backing the plan. "This is an issue for us, a very important issue of concern because of the fact that summertime is coming," he said. "And you know, as the hotter it gets, sometimes it gets more aggressive on the streets as far as criminal activity is concerned."
It's not known yet if Mayor Francis Slay or the Board of Aldermen will do the same.
The town of Percy, Illinois said a final farewell to the four children killed in last Friday's house fire.
12-year-old Ethan, 9-year-old Kailey, and 5-year-old twins Brandon and Landon Owen died in the fire. Their parents and a cousin escaped the burning home. Derrick Twardoski faces four murder charges in connection to the fire.
Prosecutors say they believe they know why he set the fire, but are not releasing the motive ahead of the trial.
Additional closures are set for the Blanchette Bridge Wednesday.
MoDOT says crews will close one westbound lane will close at 9 AM for pavement repair. When that work is finished, the crews will move to the eastbound side and close on lane.
All work should be done by noon, but while work is ongoing, the speed limit will be 45 miles per hour.