By Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio/Associated Press
Jefferson City, MO – Police are still investigating a possible hostage situation in an office building across from the governor's mansion in Jefferson City.
Police say authorities got a call around 10 a.m. today from an alarm company that took a call from a woman who said there was a hostage situation on the fifth floor. But police haven't confirmed any hostages have been taken, and don't know if it was a prank call.
St. Louis – The state's top accountant has issued a blistering review of the board that oversees the St. Louis police department.
Governor Matt Blunt demanded the audit of the Board of Police Commissioners in 2008 after news reports that St. Louis Metropolitan Towing, which had an exclusive city contract, shortchanged the city of nearly $700,000 in two years because of poor oversight.
St. Louis – A St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing money during drug raids and lying about it to superior officers and federal investigators.
Bobby Leo Garrett is the third former officer from the department's crime suppression unit to be sentenced in the corruption case. He and detectives Leo Liston and Vincent Carr stole money from a purported drug courier in September 2007, then failed to report they had stopped the individual and seized money.
St. Louis – The head of the company that owns the Lumiere Place and President Casinos in St. Louis has resigned, less than a week after he allegedly confronted a St. Louis County councilman about a zoning vote.
In a news release Monday, Pinnacle Entertainment said CEO Dan Lee has left to "pursue other business interests."
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton is taking some heat for voting against his own party's health care reform bill that passed late Saturday.
About a dozen protesters showed up outside Skelton's Jefferson City office today. Some of them arrived in a Cadillac, to symbolize what they call the "Cadillac of insurance plans" Skelton and other members of Congress have.
Robin Acree heads the group Grass Roots Organizing, or GRO.
Springfield, Ill. – The first wave of Illinois prisoners eligible for early release will be let out Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move. But officials say only non-violent inmates who have less than a year left on their sentences will be released.
The Illinois Department of Corrections is starting slowly. In this first round, the state will release 62 of the 1,000 prisoners it eventually plans to let out early.