Cape Girardeau, Mo. – No damage is reported, but a small earthquake centered in southeast Missouri rumbled parts of four states early Friday.
The magnitude 3.1 quake happened at 5:38 a.m. along the New Madrid fault line and was centered near the Tennessee and Kentucky state lines. The quake was also felt in Arkansas. Some people in Cape Girardeau reported feeling strong jolts.
Earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 along the New Madrid fault were so strong they could be felt in New England.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Public Schools superintendent says he wants to see Sumner High School improve its student safety, attendance and performance by March 2010.
If not, Kelvin Adams said at a school board meeting Thursday night, he will shutter the historic high school - the first black institution west of the Mississippi River - at the end of the school year.
St. Louis – The American Civil Liberties Union in St. Louis has filed a federal First Amendment lawsuit over the city's anti-leafleting ordinance.
The ordinance in question bans people from putting commercial or political fliers on cars. The lawsuit follows the arrest of a man who was leafleting in support of an effort to put legislation authorizing a massive redevelopment project in north St. Louis on the ballot.
St. Louis – Roslyn Walker Bourgeois's green eyes soften when she speaks of her older brother.
"Michael was wonderful," says the native of a small northeastern Louisiana town who now spends most of the year on a winery near Columbia. "He was my protector. We loved to dance. He played a little football in junior high, but he was a basketball player. He was just an easy-going, lovable person."
St. Louis – Washington University in St. Louis will soon be home to a new institute on religion and politics.
It's being named for former U.S. Senator John Danforth; his family's foundation gave $30 million dollars to start the center.
At Wednesday's dedication, Danforth, who's also an Episcopal priest, acknowledged the importance of separating government from religion, but he said that does not mean religion should be absent from public policy debates.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission has decided not to take any disciplinary action against former Pinnacle Entertainment CEO Dan Lee for making a political threat to a St. Louis County official.
Lee was accused of angrily telling an aide to St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger that Stenger's vote in favor of a competing casino's zoning request would not be forgotten.
Gaming Commission Executive Director Gene McNary calls Lee's actions an isolated incident.