Edwardsville, Ill. – The 27-year-old man charged in the shooting death of a Metro East pastor had allegedly marked Sunday as "death day" in his planner.
Terry Sedlacek of Troy is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of the Rev. Fred Winters of the First Baptist Church of Maryville. Sedlacek is accused of shooting the pastor during his Sunday sermon, and then pulling a knife and attacking two parishioners who attempted to subdue him.
St. Louis, MO – Governor Jay Nixon says he's reached an agreement with Missouri's 152 hospitals to fund an expansion of Medicaid.
Hospitals would see an increase in their provider tax, which would generate $52 million, allowing the state to draw down $93 million in federal funds. The combined $145 million would allow the state to provide coverage for residents who make up to 50 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $11,000 for a family of four. The current income limit is 20 percent of the poverty level.
St. Louis, MO – Tight credit markets and a delayed opening schedule will not prevent Pinnacle Entertainment from finishing its project in south St. Louis County.
The $380 million River City Casino in Lemay will open in the first part of 2010 - the company had originally suggested it could open this year. But officials say the company is in good shape financially, because it has very little debt coming due. That makes money more easily available to finish construction on River City.