Developing: Megabus Accident
3:32 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Megabus strikes pillar in Litchfield, Ill.

Rescue workers work to remove some of the riders of a Megabus headed to Kansas City from Chicago, after the bus hit a bridge support near Litchfield, Ill. on August 2, 2012.
(UPI/Michael Pierson)

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Updated 11:58 a.m. Aug. 3

Hospitals in St. Louis that treated some of the more seriously injured survivors of the double-decker Megabus crash in Illinois are reporting on the patients' conditions.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is treating two patients. Hospital spokeswoman Anne Bassett says one is in serious condition and the other is in fair condition.

St. Louis University Hospital is treating a 24-year-old man, who's in serious condition.

At least 38 people - nearly half of those on the bus that crashed - were taken to hospitals and at least five of those were transported by helicopter.

University of Missouri student Aditi Avhad of Mumbai, India, was killed in the Thursday afternoon crash near Litchfield, about 55 miles northeast of St. Louis.

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Edwardsville teachers
3:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Edwardsville teachers reject contract

An aerial view of Edwardsville High School. Teachers in the district voted Aug. 1 to reject the district's last contract offer, setting the stage for a possible strike.
(web/Edwardsville School District)

Teachers in the Edwardsville, Ill. School District have voted to reject the district's last contract offer, setting the stage for a possible strike.

The contract rejection allows the EEA to file an official notice of intent to strike with the state's Educational Labor Relations Board.

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Chimpanzee Attack
11:28 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Chimp attack victim coming home to St. Louis

Andrew Oberle.
(via Facebook)

The St. Louis man mauled in a chimpanzee attack in South Africa is returning home for treatment.

Andrew Oberle is expected to be transferred from a hospital in South Africa to Saint Louis University Hospital next week. Hospital spokeswoman Laura Keller says Dr. Bruce Kraemer, chief of plastic surgery, will oversee his care.

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Jail assault
11:23 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Appeals court upholds sentence of Washington Co. jailer convicted of assault

(via Flickr/neil conway)

The former head of the jail in rural Washington County, Mo. will have to serve the entirety of his 10-year prison sentence.

A federal appeals court this morning ruled that Judge Audrey Flessig did not err in boosting Vernon Wilson's sentence for transferring inmates into cells so they could be assaulted, and also because his actions caused severe bodily harm to one of the inmates.

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St. Charles County
10:28 am
Thu August 2, 2012

St. Charles County deputy guilty in crime at meth raid

A St. Charles County deputy faces sentencing in October after being found guilty of several crimes while on a methamphetamine raid.

Christopher Hunt was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault and property damage. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury delivered the guilty verdict on Wednesday.

Hunt was among St. Charles County officers responding to a meth lab in neighboring Montgomery County in 2009.

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Morning Round-Up
9:20 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, August 2, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Jobless rate drops below 8 percent in St. Louis

The jobless rate in metropolitan St. Louis is going down, and has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in more than three years.

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Beyond November
6:42 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mo. Lt. Gov. race to come, but first, a contentious GOP primary

The candidates for the Republican primary in the Missouri Lt. Governor's race, from top to bottom, left to right: Mike Carter, Peter Kinder, Charles Kullmann, Brad Lager.
(File photos/official photos/Facebook)

Among the races for Missouri’s statewide offices, the one with the most mudslinging so far is the Republican primary for Lt. Governor.  Peter Kinder is seeking re-election, but he’s facing a major challenge from State Senator Brad Lager.  Both are touting conservative ideals while attacking each other’s records in office. 

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at next week’s GOP Lt. Governor’s contest.

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Beyond November
5:40 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Eight's a crowd: which Dem will make the Mo. Lt. Gov. race?

All eight candidates in the Democratic primary for Mo. Lt. Governor, listed top to bottom, left to right: Judy Baker, Bill Haas, Fred Kratky, Sarah Lampe, Susan Montee, Becky Plattner, Jackie Townes McGee, Dennis Weisenburger.
(Campaign Photos/Provided)

Missouri’s Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor is by far the most crowded race in the state this election cycle. The eight candidates running represent a range of experience from across the state.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy reports, splitting the ballot eight ways means a winner could emerge with less than 20 percent of the vote.

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Lambert Airport
8:55 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Retail makeover could be coming soon to Lambert

Passengers line up to move through security in Lambert's Terminal 1.
St. Louis Public Radio photo

Management at Lambert Airport has signed off on an agreement with the Hudson Group to offer travelers a new lineup of retail stores.

If the St. Louis Board of Alderman green lights the deal, Hudson Group will take over 14 locations, boosting the total number of shops by three.    

Proposed new retail concepts range from one focused on St. Louis sports teams to an Eddie Bauer clothing shop. 

Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said the deal will also bring in guaranteed extra revenue.

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Drought/river traffic
6:26 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Nixon says state observing river levels for shipping

Barges pass under the Poplar Street Bridge. (via Wikimedia Commons/ Bachrach44)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his administration is keeping tabs on river levels along the Missouri and Mississippi as drought conditions persist across the state.  He indicates that the Missouri River may be in worse shape.

“I think that the challenges on the Missouri are a little more significant than the Mississippi," Nixon said at a gathering Wednesday in Jefferson City.  "Minnesota has had a fair amount of rain in that part of the country, but we’re watching those issues very carefully.”