St. Louis – Plow crews were out in full force this morning to deal with the St. Louis area's first major snowfall of the season. About between two-and-a-half and four inches of snow fell in the St. Louis area Wednesday night and early Thursday.
Police and transportation officials advised motorists to stay home. Most schools were closed, and even Missouri state lawmakers in Jefferson City took a snow day.
St. Louis, MO – Four people are dead and five more were injured, after an early-morning shooting Thursday at an electrical equipment manufacturing facility in north St. Louis.
Police were called to the ABB Incorporated factory at 4350 Semple Ave. around 6:30 a.m. Thursday after they received reports of multiple shots fired. Tactical teams quickly found the body of the gunman, widely named as 51-year-old Timothy Hendron, an employee at the factory.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Several hundred people braved snow-clogged streets and sub-freezing temperatures in Missouri's capital city to hear St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright deliver the keynote speech at the Governor's annual Prayer Breakfast.
He spent most of his address talking about his Christian faith, but also had plenty to say about his baseball career.
Wainwright told the audience that he got better as a player after he began to work on becoming mentally tough.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers talked ethics, jobs, and crafting a budget with less money as the 2010 legislative session opened today in Jefferson City.
They especially had a lot to say about ethics reform. Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) says his chamber will work to get some form of ethics legislation passed early in the session.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have cut short their opening week sessions due to the winter storm bearing down on much of the state.
House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there'll be a technical session Thursday morning for House members who want to get bills filed. But he's also encouraging them to go home.
St. Louis, MO – A former state Representative from north St. Louis will spend 18 months in federal prison for accepting bribes from a business owner in his district.
"I don't know why you did what you did," U.S. District Judge Henry Autry told former state Representative T.D. El-Amin before handing down the sentence. "It's absurd. You stomped on the Constitution that gave you your job, and spit in the face of the people who elected you for a few dollars."
Jefferson City, Mo. – The former state Department of Natural Resources official who took the blame for delaying the release last year of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks defended his actions today before a Missouri Senate committee.
Joe Benbeutel, a long-time aid to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, lost his appointment to be an administrative law judge over his one-month delaying of the report showing E. coli levels from late May exceeded federal guidelines.