ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rivers in the nation's heartland are rising yet again, and with heavy rain in the forecast, parts of Iowa, Missouri and Illinois are bracing for another round of flooding.
The National Weather Service said Wednesday that 2 to 4 inches of rain will be common as strong storms fire up through Friday; some areas could see up to 6 inches.
How bad things get will depend on how much rain falls and where.
The weather service says a worst-case scenario would be widespread heavy rain along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis, and along the Missouri River. The Mississippi and many of its tributaries are already above flood stage, and the Missouri is getting close.
Forecasters say the Mississippi could reach its highest level at St. Louis in nearly two decades.
A state representative is working with a group of South County residents to halt construction of a subsidized senior housing complex in their neighborhood.
St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger says four public hearings were held before the County Council approved the three-story, 45 -unit building and 37 parking spaces on an acre and a half site in the 6000 block of Telegraph Road.
Hundreds of Oakville residents gathered at St. Paul's United Church of Christ Wednesday evening to discuss the project. Most say they were never told about any hearings.
State Representative Marsha Haefner says that's a problem. "The biggest issue is the lack of transparency," Haefner said. "And putting such a large complex on such a small site."
Haefner says she believes citizens can request new hearings if it can be proven that proper notification procedures were not followed.
Two people are dead after separate crashes Wednesday evening.
The first accident happened just after 7:00 p.m. along southbound Interstate 55 near Loughborough. A driver was ejected after hitting a guardrail and then another car. The victim died at the scene.
The second fatal accident happened just before 9:30 p.m. along Airport Road in Berkeley. Two cars collided, sending one into a utility pole. Two people had to be extricated from that wreck. The driver of that vehicle died at the scene. The passenger from that car and the driver from the other car were both taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
None of the victims have been identified by police.
The United Mine Workers are unhappy with the decision of a bankruptcy court to side with Patriot Coal today. The ruling is the latest chapter in saga concerning benefits for retired miners. Patriot Coal is an independent company, but was created by spinning off part of Peabody Energy. Patriot argued they needed to cut retiree's benefits to stay in business. The Miners argued they had been promised benefits and should not have them taken away. The decision came on the last day the court could rule on the matter.