St. Louis – Interstate 64 in St. Louis will reopen nearly a month early and $11 million under budget.
Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn said Friday that the freeway will open to traffic between Interstate 170 and Kingshighway on Monday Dec. 7. The contractor, Gateway Constructors, had faced a Dec. 31 deadline, and the project was expected to cost $535 million.
St. Louis – A county commissioner from eastern Missouri is facing drug charges.
Lincoln County Commissioner Matthew Bass has been charged with two felony counts of drug possession. The sheriff's department said Friday that Bass bought the prescription painkillers morphine and fentanyl from an informant on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Troy business, and was arrested immediately.
Bass was released from jail on Friday after posting $20,000 cash-only bail.
St. Louis – A former priest at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in south St. Louis has been charged with three felonies for allegedly seeking sex with an underage girl.
James Patrick Grady was one of three men picked up in an FBI sting in late July. He allegedly responded to an advertisement set up by the FBI offering girls for sexual activity, and set up a meeting with a 16-year-old. He was arrested when he showed up to the meeting location.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today over whether a convicted killer's death sentence should be commuted to life without parole.
Andrew Lyons was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the 1992 shotgun killings of his girlfriend, Bridgette Harris, and her mother, Evelyn Sparks. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his 11-month-old son, Dontay.
Jefferson City, Mo. – More than two dozen law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges and anti-drunk driving activists gathered in Jefferson City today to study ways to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers in Missouri.
Governor Jay Nixon convened the summit. He told participants that many offenders are in effect being slapped on the wrist.
Nina Schellhase, right, receives a flu shot from nurse Veronica Murray at a vaccination clinic for pregnant women at St. John's Mercy Medical Center on October 31. The hospital sponsored the clinic for 1,500 pregnant women. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)