ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal indictment accuses 21 people in a multi-state car theft conspiracy.
Most of the suspects are from the St. Louis area. One is from Highland, Kan. Sixteen of the 21 have been arrested.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspects used a variety of means to steal luxury cars, SUVs and pickup trucks from individuals and dealerships in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. The cars were taken to Missouri and sold or disposed of. More than 100 vehicles were involved.
The indictment also accuses the suspects of falsely obtaining insurance proceeds. Charges include conspiracy, bank fraud, mail fraud and receipt of a stolen motor vehicle.
A Jefferson County woman faces child abuse charges after allegedly punching her 3-year-old daughter.
Patch.com reports that Prosecutors say that Amy Jordan hit the girl in February. The alleged abuse was uncovered when a state worker noticed a large bruise under the girls eye. The child abuse charges are a felony.
A St. Louis high school is on the list of the Top 200 in the country.
The list is created by the US News and World Report and considers over 21,000 public high schools when making the list. Metro Academic and Classical came in at number 135 an earned a gold medal from the publication.
The list uses data like state assessment test results, AP test scores, and enrollment to assign a college readiness score.
The full top 10 for Missouri high schools:
1. Metro Academic and Classical High School, St. Louis (St. Louis Public School District)
2. Clayton High School, Clayton (Clayton District)
3. Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood (Kirkwood R-VII District)
4. Marquette High School, Chesterfield (Rockwood School District)
5. Eureka Sr. High, Eureka (Rockwood School District)
6. Park Hill High School, Kansas City (Park Hill District)
7. Lindbergh High School, St. Louis (Lindbergh School District)
8. Rock Bridge Sr. High, Columbia (Columbia 93 District)
9. South High, Ballwin (Parkway C-2 District)
10. Lee's Summit West High, Lee's Summit (Lee's Summit R-VII District)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Millions of gallons of raw sewage are pouring into the Mississippi River from a St. Louis wastewater treatment plant where two of three pumps have failed.
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District spokesman Lance LeComb says the pumps went out on Sunday night, and it's unclear how quickly they may be fixed or replaced.
LeComb says the plant takes in 110 million gallons of sewage a day. While acknowledging the spillage's seriousness, he says the sewage that makes its way into the river is being diluted by the rain-swollen waterway.
He says the spill has been reported to the state.
The spill isn't likely to affect the river's recreational users, given that the currents are dangerously elevated. But many communities downriver from St. Louis draw their drinking water from the river.