Anonymous donor gives $100,000 to children’s center

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) – A suburban St. Louis children’s center has received an anonymous $100,000 gift, following a profile of the center that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Post-Dispatch last week ran a story about the University City Children’s Center and its struggle to help children develop emotional skills. The newspaper reports…

Drowning cases on the rise in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Missouri has already seen nearly as many drowning cases in the first seven months of this year than in all of 2014. The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/1LA4k16 ) reports that two recent drowning deaths pushed the total number in the state this year to 26, two fewer than all of last year.…

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder to announce run for governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder plans to announce his candidacy for governor on Sunday. Kinder’s campaign committee has scheduled a 4 p.m. Sunday political announcement near the scene of last year’s protests and civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. St. Louis County Republican Chairman Bruce Buwalda told…

Appeals court upholds Illinois fracking rules

ST. LOUIS (AP) – An Illinois appeals court has upheld the state’s rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking. The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge who rejected an environmental group’s legal challenge. The 5th District Appellate Court on Friday issued an opinion agreeing with a November ruling…

Meningitis vaccine needed for some Missouri college students

( KTRS ) Students living on Missouri public college campuses now must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. A state law requiring the vaccine for those living in on-campus housing took effect Wednesday. Students can seek a religious or medical exemption to the requirement. Meningococcal disease can cause an inflammation of the brain lining known as…

Lawmakers OK bill pardoning underage drinkers who call 911

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation that would grant amnesty to underage drinkers who call 911 to get help. The plan would provide legal protection to the person in need of medical help and the person who called on their behalf. The legislation would also grant police officers discretion to determine whether…

Mail center employees accused of theft

St. Louis, MO ( KTRS ) Four current or former employees of a U.S. Postal Service distribution center in Hazelwood are among five people accused in a federal indictment of stealing mail that contained marijuana, electronics and other items. The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis announced the indictment Tuesday. All five suspects are in…