St. Louis, IL – An East St. Louis school board member said the cash-strapped system lost more than $1 million over a year's time to burglars despite safeguards that include paying $1.2 million a year for private security.
The district's crime reports show that thefts dating to July 2009 were done while the system had access to state-of-the-art surveillance and alarm systems. The losses include computers and other equipment, as well as the damage the burglars caused.
St. Louis, MO – Members of a predominantly Polish parish in St. Louis have voted against approving a settlement with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
A majority of St. Stanislaus Kostka parishioners voted Sunday that they did "not agree with the direction the Board is pursuing toward settling a lawsuit." The settlement would return the church's standing as a Roman Catholic parish.
Final approval of the settlement rests with the church's board of directors.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Roy Blunt has picked up the endorsement of the Missouri Farm Bureau in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Kit Bond.
Blunt received the endorsement shortly after speaking to the Farm Bureau's regional caucuses meeting in Jefferson City. He told the crowd that his Democratic opponent, Robin Carnahan, is too extreme for Missouri.
"As far as I know, she doesn't disagree with Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid or Barack Obama on anything," Blunt said.
St. Louis – The board of a Catholic church locked in a long-running dispute with the Archdiocese of St. Louis over control of parish assets has responded to an offer to settle the dispute with a request for written agreements on some sticking points.
St. Louis – A series of traffic accidents involving tractor trailers has tied up traffic in the Metro East for most of the day
Around 9:50 Friday morning, a tractor trailer carrying a load of meat struck a median wall on the eastbound Poplar Street Bridge, overturned, and erupted in flames. The driver of that truck escaped without serious injury. The bridge was down to one lane while the Illinois State Police investigated.
St. Louis – The National Transportation Safety Board has joined the Missouri Highway Patrol in investigating Thursday's fatal accident along Interstate 44.
The agency does not have the resources to investigate every crash on interstate highways, NTSB vice chairman Christopher Hart said. But Thursday's accident involved two areas that have concerned federal officials for a while.
Gray Summit, MO – Two people were killed, including a student at a school district near Rolla, and at least 50 others injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 44 near Gray Summit, MO.
The four-vehicle accident occurred around 10:15 am. Two school buses were carrying members of the John F. Hodge High School band from St. James to Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka when the accident occurred.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A state audit finds that the Missouri Department of Agriculture could have done a better job of protecting grain farmers from financial loss.
Farmers lost more than $32 million after grain dealerships in Martinsburg and Gallatin went belly-up in February 2009. Most of that came from the collapse of the Martinsburg dealership run by Cathy Gieseker, who pleaded guilty to defrauding 180 farmers in a ponzi scheme.