Officials, members of law enforcement and families gathered in the Missouri State Capitol rotunda on Saturday to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.
During the event, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Parsons was added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. Parsons had worked for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for just two months after graduating from the Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy before he was killed in the line of duty in December of last year.
Renowned soprano Christine Brewer sings in concert halls and opera houses all over the world. Her recent travels have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Dubay, and Great Britain as well as numerous cities in the United States. But once a year, the Illinois native returns to her “home town” to perform with the St. Louis Symphony.
A storm system that's dropping snow on the western half of the state will bring up to four inches of rain to the St. Louis area by Sunday.
But don't expect much in the way of flash flooding, says National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs.
"We're not necessarily expecting flash flooding in the classic sense - where you see a very quick rising water coming down the stream," Fuchs said. "But with that being said, there will be some roads in poor drainage areas that could go underwater."
The Coast Guard is assessing the environmental impact of roughly 300 gallons of crude oil it says spilled into the Mississippi River after more than a dozen barges briefly broke free near Alton, Ill.
The Coast Guard says a vessel hit an area where barges are docked on the river about 1 a.m. this morning, causing 14 to break away from their moorings. Those barges then hit another barge loading crude oil, which caused the spill of about seven barrels (300gallons) worth of oil.
Jennifer Fuller contributed reporting for this story from Carbondale, Ill.
The turmoil surrounding the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University appears to be settling down.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the nomination today of two individuals with ties to the university's campus in Edwardsville. Randal Thomas, the former top officer of the Illinois National Guard, has degrees from SIU-E and Shirley Portwood taught history there.