Jefferson City, MO – An attorney for a woman who became known as the mother of the "Internet twins" asked the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday to restore the woman's parental rights and to undo the girls' adoption.
The mother, Tranda Wecker, was in court Wednesday for the arguments in her case. A St. Louis judge terminated her parental rights in December 2002.
The case played out from California to Arkansas to England. The girls are now three years old. Their adoption by a St. Louis couple was finalized in May.
Chicago, IL – Police departments across Illinois will soon be linked through a new Internet-based system.
The state announced the I-CLEAR system Wednesday; it will replace an existing database that only provides basic information, like outstanding warrants.
I-CLEAR can track patterns of activity, like cars that turn up suspiciously parked near nuclear power plants. It also offers a person's complete arrest history and also includes traffic stops that did not result in an arrest.
St. Louis, MO – Cardinals season ticket holders will have to pay a one-time fee of $2,000-$7,500 to ensure they keep their seat from year to year in the new downtown ballpark.
The fee is similar to the Rams' personal seat licenses; current Cardinal season ticket holders have until March to commit to the new arrangement. The plan will help raise $40 million dollars for the new park.
East St. Louis, Ill. – The search for an East St. Louis girl who fell into a rain-swollen drainage ditch has been called off.
Authorities say Chermeka Davis likely drowned and they'll wait to see if her body surfaces in two or three days. Davis was walking along the embankment, known as the Harding Ditch, with her boyfriend and boyfriend's brother when she slipped.
Rescue teams from eight communities and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources were part of the unsuccessful effort to locate her.