The National Weather Service says Missourians can expect less major flooding along the Mississippi River this spring.
St. Louis service hydrologist Mark Fuchs says although some Northeastern Missouri cities are experiencing moderate floods now, that shouldn't last. He says the National Weather Service expects only minor floods this spring. That's due in part to predictions for average rainfall, and less snow melt than last spring.
KWMU's Catherine Wolf takes an in depth look at recent animal health issues at the St. Louis Zoo.
St. Louis, MO – While the St. Louis Zoo is coming to terms with recent animal deaths and illnesses, it is also under fire from some citizens and animal rights groups. They question whether the zoo has been negligent in its animal care.
St. Louis, MO – The man accused of gunning down the popular pastor of a Metro East church is improving.
A spokeswoman for St. Louis University Hospital says doctors have upgraded 27-year-old Terry Sedlacek's condition from serious to fair. He was injured Sunday in a struggle with two parishioners of the First Baptist Church of Maryville, who were trying to subdue him after a shooting that killed the Rev. Fred Winters.
Both parishioners were also injured in the struggle - one remains hospitalized.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that would make it illegal to send text messages while driving.
The measure was in the form of an amendment added onto a larger transportation bill.
State Senator Jeff Smith (D, St. Louis) voted for the amendment.
"You see other people on the road who are texting who seem inattentive to the road, and frankly I've been guilty of it myself, and I know that I'm not as attentive to the road as I should be when I'm texting," Smith said.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri's two Senators each broke with party lines last night to pass a spending bill that will keep the government running.
Senator Claire McCaskill was one of three Democrats to vote no.
McCaskill said it was too big, inconsistent with the stimulus package, and had too many earmarks.
"I have in the past voted for bills that have earmarks in them because I don't think I can sign up to never vote on a budget bill, but the combination of those three things together moved me to a no vote," McCaskill said.