Kansas City, MO – The storms that killed at least 19 people in Missouri and Kansas was not as harsh when it rolled through St. Louis Sunday night, but the region was under a tornado watch for most of the night.
The worst damage from Sunday's storms seems to be in the southwestern Missouri county of Lawrence, where the sheriff there estimates a dozen deaths. Police say the downtown area of the small town of Pierce City was wiped out.
Flights were kept away from Kansas City's airport, where people inside were evacuated at one point.
St. Louis, MO – A first-term state legislator from St. Louis has been arrested on suspicion of firing a pistol at a man.
State Rep. Rodney R. Hubbard, a Democrat, campaigned on a desire to fight crime. He was arrested Sunday after a neighbor reported Hubbard had fired several shots at him during a quarrel on Saturday. Hubbard says he was not involved in a shooting.
The Democrat lives in a St. Louis public housing complex. Police say he and the man are neighbors and knew each other before the shooting.
In 1996 DNA evidence freed Kevin Green from a California prison. He spent 16 years there after being wrongly convicted of beating his pregnant wife and causing the death of their full-term fetus.
Green was the 35th person in the United States to be exonerated by DNA evidence. The state of California eventually paid him one hundred dollars for each day he was incarcerated, and the man who killed his daughter is on death row in California.
St. Louis, Mo. – Laclede Gas Company customers could see lower rates for one year beginning this fall.
That's because state regulators have determined that the utility is not entitled to keep almost five-million-dollars in proceeds from the sale of what are termed "call options" two years ago. Call options can be bought and sold by utilities to hedge against the price of natural gas.
Laclede says it will seek a rehearing in the case. If unsuccessful, the company will appeal the ruling.
St. Louis – In his second State of the City Address as Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay today focused on his administration's accomplishments from the last year, but said improvements are needed in the city's public schools.
Slay says property values are rising in the city, and the crime rate is dropping. The mayor credited the police department for the decrease.