Clayton, Mo. – A 24-year-old man has been charged with a brutal home invasion that left two south St. Louis county residents badly injured.
Rashad El faces 13 counts including assault, robbery and burglary.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said money was El's motive.
"Mr. El had done some work for the victim in this case and wasn't particularly reliable, and the victim wasn't rehiring him, and he showed up looking for money and/or property to steal," McCulloch said.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Cardinals have launched an effort to award the nation's highest honor to Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
Yesterday the team announced the "Stand for Stan" campaign. The goal is to convince President Obama to present Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the most prestigious award a civilian can receive in the United States.
Past winners have included Alan Greenspan, Bill Cosby and Muhammad Ali.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois is finally on its way to having a new budget. On Tuesday night the House approved a spending plan that relies heavily on borrowing and pushing off payment of many bills.
Governor Pat Quinn's calls for a tax increase to help stem Illinois' growing deficit were dashed; his proposal was never even called for a vote. But the drastic cuts to schools he had threatened won't happen either.
Jefferson City, Mo. – State and local authorities conducted two hazardous materials (hazmat) exercises today at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City.
Both exercises centered on a scenario in which a powdery substance is discovered in the State Health Lab's mailroom, prompting a building-wide evacuation. And the simulations included seven employees being exposed to the substance and going through decontamination.
Michelle Rodemeyer portrayed one of the "victims."
St. Louis – A city development agency has authorized the sale of more than $36 million in bonds to help rehab the Kiel Opera House.
The bonds are the first part of the $70 million needed to reopen Kiel as a performing arts venue. The property's owner and developer hoped to have it open by this Christmas, but the economic collapse made financing nearly impossible to get. Aldermen approved the redevelopment plan about a year ago.