Governor Signs Transgender Bills
Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed two bills involving transgender issues. The first will ban minors from receiving puberty blockers, hormone therapy or gender-affirming surgeries. The second limits sports participation for trans athletes. In a news release announcing his decision to sign the bills Wednesday, the governor says while he supports every person's right to pursue happiness, he feels the state must protect children from making life-altering decisions that they might regret after they've matured physically or emotionally.
MDC Confirms Second Northern Snakehead Captured In Missouri
The Missouri Department of Conservation is confirming a second northern snakehead has been recorded in the state. The fish was captured by an angler May 19th at the Duck Creek Conservation Area in Wayne County. The first northern snakehead recorded in Missouri was caught within the St. Francis River levees in Dunklin County in 2019. The northern snakehead was discovered in eastern Arkansas waterways in 2008.
Mom: Silver Dollar City Wouldn't Let Son Bring LGBTQ Pride Bag Into Park
A mom claims employees at an amusement park near Branson, Missouri told her son he couldn't bring an LGBTQ Pride bag into the park. The Kansas City Star reports the mother made the accusation about Silver Dollar City on Facebook. The 1880s theme park launched an investigation into the report. Park officials later said that security footage showed the individuals holding the tote bag as they walked through the park. Investigators did say the people were asked to cover t-shirts that violated the park's dress code.
Missouri Supreme Court Denies Request To Halt Execution Of Johnny Johnson
The Missouri Supreme Court is denying a request to halt the execution of a St. Louis area man. Johnny Johnson is scheduled to die by lethal injection on August 1st after being convicted in 2002 of kidnapping and beating a six-year-old girl to death in Valley Park. His attorneys argued in court filings that he shouldn't be put to death because he is incompetent. The state's high court ruled that his claims about his mental state shouldn't stop his execution.
Missouri Ag Seeks To Remove Iron County Sheriff
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is trying to remove Iron County Sheriff Jeffery Burkett from office. Bailey filed legal action that claims Burkett is unfit to hold office over allegations he helped Iron County resident Rick Gaston with a plot to kidnap his children from their mother after a domestic dispute. The sheriff faces a number of charges in the incident, including participating knowingly in criminal street gang activities, tampering with a victim, and attempted kidnapping.
Marthasville man injured in a four car chain reaction accident in Warren County. The state patrol says it happened after ten o'clock Thursday night on Highway 47 South of Augusta Bottom Road near the Missouri River Bridge. The patrol says cars driven by 41-year old Micah Thornton, 39-year old Lynn Wilson and 66-year old Carleen Glosemeyer, all of Marthasville were stopped in traffic. 19-year old Karsen Golic of Marthasville struck the rear of Thornton touching off the chain reaction. Thornton was taken to Mercy in Washington with moderate injuries.
Three injured in a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened after five o'clock Thursday evening on Shotwell Road near Highway 50. The patrol says 58 year old Kevin Winistoerfer of Leslie was in a pick-up truck partially blocking the Eastbound lane of Shotwell. The patrol says Winistoerfer was chasing a car driven by 43-year old Kenneth Kirkpatrick of Cedar Hill because he had allegedly stolen items from a local property. The patrol says Kirkpatrick attempted to drive around Winistoerfer and crashed into his truck. Both drivers were injured, as was a passenger in Kirkpatrick's car, 42-year old Sara Norton of Leslie. All three were taken to Mercy in Washington with minor to moderate injuries.
Public Comment Period Opens on Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
The draft FY 2024-2028 Statewide
Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) was presented to the Missouri Highways
and Transportation Commission today. The draft five-year program includes
funding from General Revenue – passed by the Missouri General Assembly – to
widen and improve I-70, fix low-volume minor roads, upgrade railroad safety
crossings and more. A 30-day public review and comment period begins today.
The STIP makes available $14 billion of federal and state revenues
for all modes of transportation over the next five years. Of the $14 billion,
the draft STIP details $10.5 billion in road and bridge construction contractor
awards, averaging approximately $2.1 billion per year. It also includes a
record $3.4 billion in state General Revenue funded projects from the General
Assembly subject to governor approval of the final budget.
“Over the past two years, the cost of doing transportation
improvements has experienced record inflation ranging from 20-30%. Aside from
the new funding from the General Assembly, this year’s program didn’t add a
significant number of projects to the last two years as we manage the fiscal
constraints of the funding,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “We are able
to continue our asset management efforts while also making critical
improvements and upgrades to corridors and safety features across the state.”
The draft FY 2024-2028 STIP lists transportation projects planned
by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2024-2028 (July 1,
2023 - June 30, 2028) and reflects the transportation needs of communities
across the state.
The proposed program is available for public review. Those
interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT by
email to STIPcomments@modot.mo.gov,
by calling customer service at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or by mail to
Transportation Planning, Program Comments, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO
65102. The program is also available on MoDOT's website: https://www.modot.org/DRAFTSTIP. The formal comment period ends July 6, 2023.
Following the public review period, the comments will be presented
to the Commission. The Commission will review the comments and the final
transportation program before considering it for approval at its July 12
Robertsville man injured in a one vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened at 12:30 Thursday morning on West Linda Lane West of Highway N. 50-year old Thomas Francois of Robertsville was behind the wheel. He ran off the road and struck a tree. Francois was taken to Mercy in Washington by St. Clair Ambulance with minor injuries.
Warrenton man injured in a motorcycle accident in Warren County. 57-year old Mark Whitehead of Warrenton was riding on Highway 47 South of Bend Road when he lost control of his Harley Superglide and ran off the highway. Whitehead was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with moderate injuries following the accident at 8:50 Wednesday night.
ECC and Logan University Agreement Provides Path to Doctorate
College and Logan University signed an agreement that streamlines students’
path toward a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
ECC and Logan,
in Chesterfield, entered into a 2+4 agreement for students who earn their
Associate of Arts degree in the STEM Pathway from ECC, and then transfer
seamlessly to Logan’s Bachelor of Science degree program. This is the first 2+4
agreement entered into by ECC.
agreement, ECC students complete their STEM AA degree, with an emphasis in
biology, and then enter Logan’s BS in Life Science (BSLS) program. Students
then work toward a BS degree and the admissions requirements for the Doctor of
agreement represents a significant opportunity for ECC students who are
interested in pursuing a career in chiropractic medicine,” said Dr. Robyn
Walter, ECC vice president of academic affairs.
“By providing a
clear and efficient pathway to advanced study at Logan University, this
agreement will help students achieve their career goals and contribute to the
growing demand for qualified healthcare professionals.”
Petrocco-Napuli, dean of the college of chiropractic at Logan University, said
Logan is, “honored to partner with another top-notch institution to provide
students with high-quality educational opportunities.”
“The ability to
fast track education is extremely beneficial in today’s competitive workforce
landscape,” she added. “This partnership benefits both schools and provides a
direct career path into chiropractic or another health sciences field.”
University has offered chiropractic education since 1935, including the Doctor
of Chiropractic. It also offers masters and bachelor’s degrees online and on
campus. To learn more, visit www.logan.edu.
To learn more
about ECC, visit www.eastcentral.edu,
or call 636-584-6588.
Cardinals' Games to be Seen on FuboTV
Television streaming provider FuboTV Inc. says it's signed a deal that will let St. Louis Cardinal games be seen on more home sets. The deal with the Cardinals includes promoting its inclusion of the team's broadcaster, Bally Sports Midwest, in its channel lineup. Fubo is one of two streaming services, along with DirecTV Stream, that carries Bally Sports Midwest. A spokesman for the regional sports network says Bally Sports Midwest broadcasts operates a direct-to-consumer streaming platform that airs St. Louis Blues games, but it does not own the rights to carry Cardinals games on the service.
Cole Co. Judge To Hear Arguments On Lawsuit Over Abortion IP
Missouri Republican Attorney General Andrew Bailey is being accused of attempting to inflate the costs of an abortion-rights initiative petition. A lawyer for state Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick argued yesterday in front of a Cole County judge that Bailey doesn't have the power to stop a constitutional amendment to restore abortion rights by questioning the potential cost of the proposal. The hearing is part of a lawsuit filed last month by the ACLU of Missouri demanding the state finish finalizing the ballot initiative. All parties involved have until the end of next week to submit proposed orders before the judge issues his ruling.
St. Louis Co. Prosecutor Wesley Bell Running For U.S. Senate
St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell is running for U.S. Senate next year. The Democrat is looking to replace Republican incumbent Josh Hawley. In a video launching his bid, the former Ferguson city councilman blasted Hawley, saying he is "in a rush to be famous and pretending to be tough." Bell must first face Democrat Lucas Kunce in next year's primary.
Parson Signs Ban On Transgender Athletes And Healthcare
Missouri is joining a list of states to enact transgender related bans. Governor Parson signed a measure that bans educational institutions from allowing trans girls and women from participating on sports teams designated for biological females. The governor also signed a bill that prohibits health care providers from performing gender transition surgeries or prescribing hormones or drugs for the purposes of gender transition to Missouri minors. Both laws go into effect August 28th.
Orange Air Quality Warning Remains in Effect for Wednesday
Weather officials have issued an orange air quality alert for the St. Louis region for Wednesday. Experts say if you're planning to be outdoors or you must be outside for work, you need to take frequent breaks. Smoke from wildfires in Canada, which is contributing to the bad air over St. Louis, will continue to be thick for several days. Forecaster says predicted rain will wash the conditions away a little bit over the weekend.
Union Man Charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Domestic Assault
On June 4th, 2023, at approximately
8:00pm, Franklin County Deputies responded to a residence in the 1200 block of
Schuchart Road in regard to a call of a peace disturbance with shots fired. It
was determined the suspect was possibly inside a camper trailer on the
Upon deputies arriving at the trailer the
suspect exited the trailer. Deputies began investigating the incident and
conducting interviews. It was alleged the suspect, had been involved in a
domestic assault earlier in the day and had damaged the victim’s
property. At one point during the confrontation the suspect had allegedly
threatened to shoot the victim. The victim had left the residence in fear of
Later in the day, the victim returned to
the area, at which time the suspect exited the residence and fired rounds from
a shotgun at the victim’s residence. Upon conducting interviews
with neighbors, they advised, they were outside and heard the shot ring out and
heard projectiles strike a stock trailer near where they were standing. Inside
the trailer, deputies located indications of a physical altercation as well as
a shotgun and expended ammunition. The suspect was taken into custody for
Domestic Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Deputies applied for and were granted in custody
warrants for the suspect Mark W. Vanderpool a 33-year-old male from the Union
area on charges of two (2) counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and one (1) count
of Domestic Assault 4th with a bond amount of $50,000 cash only.
Labadie man injured in a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened at 5:50 Tuesday evening on Eastbound Interstate 44 at Highway 100 in Gray Summit. The patrol says an SUV driven by 35-year old Joshua Wagner of Villa Ridge struck the rear of a pick up driven by 61-year old John Brown of Labadie. The pick-up then ran into the guardrail and overturned.
Brown was taken to Mercy in St. Louis by Meramec Ambulance.
The state patrol says a wheel fell off of a tractor trailer and struck a vehicle on Interstate 44 in Franklin County. It happened at 12:35 Tuesday afternoon East of Sullivan. The patrol says the semi lost a wheel, it rolled across the median and struck a Ford Transit driven by 25-year old Brandon Steele of Bonne Terre. The Transit then overturned. Steele was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan with minor injuries.
Ballwin Man Charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon in Franklin County
On June 4th, 2023, at approximately
2:30am, Franklin County Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 60 block
of Hwy M in Villa Ridge, MO in regard to an intoxicated driver that crashed
into numerous vehicles at a residence and was currently in the vehicle with a
Upon deputies arriving on the scene, they
began giving verbal commands for the suspect driver to exit the vehicle. The
suspect was cursing out loud at deputies and was moving about within the vehicle.
Eventually, the suspect exited the vehicle and was taken into custody by
deputies where he was found to be in an obvious intoxicated state.
Upon interviewing witnesses on the scene,
it was discovered the suspect had crashed the vehicle before exiting and
pointing the handgun at numerous people at the residence. He reentered the
crashed vehicle just prior to deputies arriving on the scene. The suspect
was taken into custody for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and investigation of
Driving While Intoxicated. A search of the vehicle the suspect was
occupying revealed a fully loaded handgun under the center arm rest of the
Deputies applied for and were granted in
custody warrants for the suspect Alan Chavez-Dominquez a 19-year-old male from
Ballwin, MO on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon-Exhibiting in a Threatening
Manner with NO BOND set.
Wentzville Residents Asked To Conserve Water
The City of Wentzville is asking residents to conserve water. The lack of rain has prompted a drought alert in the state and Wentzville officials issued the water conservation declaration yesterday. Starting June 12th and continuing through September 5th residents are asked to water their lawns in shifts with even-numbered addresses watering on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and odd-numbered on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Plants can be watered with a garden hose or watering can for up to 30 minutes a day.
MU Launches Rabies Lab For Pets Traveling Abroad
The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is launching a rabies antibody testing service for pets traveling abroad. The service will provide certified test results for companion animals traveling with their owners to Hawaii and other international locations. The testing is designed to prevent the spread of rabies around the world.
State Senator Denny Hoskins Running For Secretary Of State
State Senator Denny Hoskins is running for Secretary of State. The Warrensburg Republican announced his candidacy to be Missouri's 41st Secretary of State. He is seeking to replace current Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who is running for Governor next year.
Missouri Executes Michael Tisius
A man convicted of a double murder in Randolph County more than two decades ago is dead after being executed by the state. Michael Tisius died by lethal injection last night at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Tisius was found guilty of shooting two guards to death during a botched jail escape in June of 2000. His sentence was carried out despite attempts by his lawyer to halt his execution.
Seniors Farmers Market Program Underway
A program benefiting the nutrition of low-income seniors is underway again for the summer. The Seniors Farmers Market Program provides eligible Missouri seniors with 50-dollar vouchers to be used at participating farmers markets to buy healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and honey. There is more information about eligibility and the farmers markets involved on the Missouri Department of Agriculture website.
Lonedell man injured in a one car accident in Franklin County. The state highway patrol says it happened at 4:20 Monday morning on Project Road at Friend Road. The patrol says 27 year old Frederick Matzker was Northbound when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection and struck a ditch and fence. Matzker was taken to Mercy Hospital South with minor injuries.
Villa Ridge woman injured in a rear end crash on Highway 100 at Old 100 in Franklin County. The state patrol says 80 year old Barbara Hughes slowed to make a turn and was struck in the rear by a pick-up truck driven by 26 year old Carson Wakefield of Texas. Hughes was taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries. The accident happened after eight o'clock Monday morning.
One car accident in Franklin County sends a Fenton woman to the hospital with moderate injuries. It happened at 5:50 Monday evening on Eastbound Project Road East of Maupin Road as 56 year old Tabitha Bell was behind the wheel. The patrol says Bell suffered a medical emergency, lost control and ran into a utility pole. She was taken to Mercy in St. Louis by St. Clair Ambulance.
Cole Co. Judge To Hear Arguments On Lawsuit Over Abortion IP
A Cole County judge will hear arguments this week in a lawsuit over the Missouri attorney general's push to inflate the costs of an abortion-rights initiative petition. A hearing will be held tomorrow. The Missouri Independent reported the ACLU of Missouri filed a suit last month after it was revealed Attorney General Andrew Bailey was trying to convince the state auditor's office to increase the projected cost of the abortion amendment. The lawsuit is demanding the state finalize its work on the petition so proponents can begin collecting signatures.
Missouri To Carry Out Execution Of Michael Tisius Today
A man convicted of a double murder in Randolph County more than two decades ago will be executed today. Governor Parson confirmed that the state of Missouri will carry out the sentence of Michael Tisius as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri. Tisius was found guilty of killing Jason Acton and Leon Egley in June of 2000. The Randolph County jailers were shot to death during a failed effort to free another prisoner. Tisius will be the third person in Missouri to be executed this year.
Marchers Call For Common Sense Gun Laws
As police investigate multiple deadly shootings in the St. Louis area this weekend hundreds of people demonstrate in Webster Groves to protest against gun violence. Wear Orange Weekend featured marches across the country calling for changes in gun laws. St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell joined the marchers and says we need to implement common sense gun laws.
>NASCAR Race Has Wide Economic Impact On St. Lewis Region
Another NASCAR race in suburban St. Louis has provided a lot of income for the region. The second year of the Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR race took place Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway, a facility in Madison, Illinois. Promoters say the event took in about 16-million dollars in tax revenue for the weekend with area hotels being sold out and local eateries being cram packed. The IndyCar circuit will descend on the venue later this summer when the Grand Prix of Illinois is run on Sunday, August 27th.
Measure Would Help Missourians With Disabilities
A measure awaiting Governor Parson's signature could help Missourians with disabilities advance their careers and get married while still receiving needed state assistance. Legislation that was approved by the House and Senate would increase the limit on how much a person can earn before they lose benefits under that program. Those state benefits provide to some Missourians with disabilities with personal care attendants, medication, services, and equipment that allow them to have a job in the first place.
Bailey Urges U.S. Senate To Pass Measure To Combat Fentanyl Crisis
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is urging the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to combat the fentanyl crisis. The HALT Fentanyl Act is designed to give law enforcement the tools needed to crack down on the epidemic by stopping the flow of the dangerous drugs developed to imitate fentanyl. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the measure with bipartisan support.
MSHP Reveals Results Of 2023 Annual School Bus Inspections
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is revealing the results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division's 2023 annual school bus inspection program. Nearly one-thousand buses were rated approved upon initial inspection, while nearly 11-hundred were rated as defective. Less than four-hundred were rated as out of service. A total of 256 Missouri school districts earned the Patrol's Total Fleet Excellence award for 2023.
Missouri's Drought Assessment Committee To Meet Wednesday
Missouri's Drought Assessment Committee is holding its first meeting this week to discuss the state and federal response to the drought affecting parts of the state. Governor Parson declared a Drought Alert last week. The Drought Assessment Committee will meet Wednesday at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building in Jefferson City. The meeting is open to the public and will also be livestreamed.
A 17-year old from Union was killed in a car accident Saturday night in Franklin County. The state patrol says the teen was driving on Liberty School Road when he ran off the road and struck a tree. He was taken to Mercy in St. Louis by Arch Helicopter. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. It happened at 11:45 Saturday night. The teenager was wearing a seatbelt. Name of the juvenile hasn't been released by the patrol.
Leslie man killed in a motorcycle accident in Iron County. The patrol says it happened at two o'clock Sunday afternoon on Highway 32 two miles West of Belleview. 40-year old Matthew Pauk missed a curve, ran off the road and struck the guardrail. He was dead at the scene. A passenger, 41-year old Jennifer Pauk of Leslie was airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis with serious injuries.
Union man injured in a car crash in Franklin County. The patrol says it happened at 10:30 Sunday night on Highway HH South of Wideman Road. 46-year old Randy Lumos travelled off the road and struck the ditch. He was taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.
St. Clair teenager was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries following a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. 18-year old Tristen Rodrigue of St. Clair struck the rear of a vehicle driven by 70-year old Charles Vollmer of Festus after Vollmer had come to a stop. Rodrigue was taken to Mercy in Washington following the crash at 12:45 Sunday afternoon.
Lake Ozark man on a motorcycle was injured in a three vehicle accident on Eastbound Interstate 44 East of Highway 50 Sunday afternoon. 70-year old Carl Frakenfield attempted to avoid stopped traffic and struck the rear of the car in front of him. He was taken to Mercy in St. Louis by Arch Helicopter with serious injuries. It happened at 12:20 Sunday afternoon.
St. Clair woman was injured in a one car accident on I-44 East of Highway A-H in Franklin County. The patrol says it happened at 2:25 Friday afternoon. 61-year old Lynda Fricke lost control, ran off the highway and struck the median cable barrier. Fricke was taken to Mercy in Washington with moderate injuries.
Labadie woman taken to the hospital with minor injuries following a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state highway patrol says it happened at 9:40 Friday morning on Highway 100 West of Thiebes Road. 58-year old Teresa Shaw of Gray Summit failed to yield to a pick-up driven by 51-year old Bryon Johnson of Labadie and they collided. A passenger in Johnson's pick-up, 61-year old Dale Johnson, was taken to Mercy in Washington.
Finish Line Grant Program Helps Reduce College Debt
A state grant is now available to help Missouri residents pay off college debt and return to the classroom.
The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation’s (MSLF) Finish Line Degree Completion Grant is designed to assist former students who have an unpaid balance at East Central College and other Missouri colleges and universities, making them unable to register for classes.
The MSLF will pay up to $3,000 toward a past due balance to provide former students with the ability to complete a degree or program. The application deadline is June 30.
To be eligible, Missouri residents must have a past due balance that is approximately six months or older and is preventing them from completing a degree program.
Additionally, Finish Line candidates must re-enroll, or transfer, to ECC or another eligible Missouri school; they must have completed half their program of study and have a last previously known estimated family income (EFC) of $12,000 or less.
Visit www.moslf.org to apply for the Finish Line Degree Completion Grant. For more information, contact MSLF at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-787-2677.
New Missouri Drought Mitigation and Response Plan Finished
The new Missouri Drought Mitigation and Response Plan is complete after more than two years of study and development. The update from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Water Resources Center replaces the previous 2002 drought plan. Officials say the new plan allows everyone to be more proactive in how we prepare for and respond to droughts.
Appeals Court Grants Bailey's Request To Halt EPA Regulations In Missouri
A federal appeals court is granting a request by Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey to halt the EPA from imposing regulations in Missouri during an appeal process. The regulations are designed to reduce air pollution in the state. United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted Bailey's motion to pause what he calls President Biden's unlawful attempt to impose burdensome regulations that would hike the price of energy for Missourians.
Two injured, one seriously, in a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened at 6:30 Thursday night on Highway 50 at Highway U-U. 29-year old Jesse Conour of Owensville was Westbound when he attempted to pass stopped traffic and collided head-on with a pick-up truck driven by 41-year old Shane Sturm of Union. Conour was airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis with serious injuries and Sturm was taken to Mercy in Washington by Union ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries.
Schnucks Hosting Company-Wide Career Fair on June 8
St. Louis-based and family-owned Schnuck Markets, Inc. is hosting a
company-wide career fair at all 115 stores across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and
Wisconsin on Thursday, June 8. Schnucks plans to hire for a variety of positions
offering flexible schedules and locations, career advancement, the option to
be paid after each shift, health benefits (after a qualifying period) and other
Part-time positions and full-time department manager positions (at select
locations) are available.
When: Thursday, June 8
1 - 5 p.m.
Where: All Schnucks Store Locations
Note: To expedite the process, prospective teammates planning to attend the fair
should visit www.schnucks.com/careers and complete the online application
prior to attending.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third and fourth generation, family-owned
grocery retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. Schnucks operates 115 stores, serving
customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and employs 12,000 teammates. According to
Forbes’ 2022 rankings, Schnucks is the 178
largest privately-owned company in the United States
and the 14
largest privately-owned grocer. Schnucks is committed to helping communities thrive
and as a champion for reducing hunger, the company annually donates more than $14 million in
food to pantries that help those in need.
Flags Raised For Pride Month
The flags have been raised in St. Louis City and County to celebrate the beginning of Pride Month. Officials say the flags flying today represent the city and county's support of those in the LGBTQ community. This year's theme is "Diversity Creates Community." There are events planned all month but the end of June will feature PrideFest in downtown St. Louis on June 24th and 25th and the Grand Parade on the 25th.
Lights Back On As Migration Passes
The lights at the Gateway Arch will be turned back on tonight. The lights have been out since May 1st to protect migrating birds on their trip north. The lights can disorient birds as they fly. They'll be turned off again in the fall when birds migrate south.
New State Library Rules Go into Effect
New Rules that restrict what libraries can and cannot include in their collections are now in place. The plan implemented by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft went into effect this week. Supporters say the idea is to increase transparency in allowing parents to be in control of what their children check out. But the Missouri Library Association said in a statement that it's against the idea and say the Secretary of State hasn't clarified what materials might need to be censored.
Parson Appoints Kayla Hahn to Missouri Public Service Commission
Governor Parson is appointing Kayla Hahn to the Missouri Public Service Commission. Hahn most recently served on Parson's senior staff team as Policy Director. She helped lead the Governor's legislative agenda, prepare the Governor's annual budget recommendations to the General Assembly, implement the Governor's policy priorities across all Executive Branch agencies, and spearhead the state's response to COVID-19.
Parson Opposes Biden's Mortgage Fee Changes
Governor Parson is joining a coalition of Republican Governors in opposing President Biden administration's mortgage fee changes. Parson and 17 other governors sent a letter to the president to speak out against the new rules they believe punish responsible homebuyers with increased mortgage fees. The group says the changes ultimately punish Americans who have maintained a good credit rating and reward those who haven't. The Republican Governors call on President Biden to immediately rescind the policy.
Judge Halts Execution Of Man Convicted In Randolph Co. Double Murder
Next week's execution of a man convicted of a double murder in Randolph County more than two decades ago is being halted by a federal judge. The ruling was handed down yesterday as questions remains about the literacy of a juror in Michael Tisius' case. The judge said the execution should be delayed to give the court time for a hearing on the juror. Tisius was found guilty of killing Jason Acton and Leon Egley in June of 2000. The Randolph County jailers were shot to death during a failed effort to free another prisoner.
Parson Declares Drought Alert In Missouri
Governor Parson is declaring a Drought Alert in the State of Missouri. The order directs the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to activate Missouri's Drought Assessment Committee and requests that all Missouri and federal agencies participate as needed. The Committee will assess drought conditions and make preliminary recommendations to the governor by June 9th. Currently, the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that all or portions of 60 Missouri counties are experiencing moderate, severe, or extreme drought conditions.
St. Clair man injured in a vehicle accident in Franklin County. The patrol says 34-year old Shane Pryor was Westbound on Interstate 44 in a flat bed truck when he suffered a medical emergency and struck the median wall. Pryor was taken to Mercy in Washington with moderate injuries following the accident at 2:50 Wednesday afternoon in Pacific.
O'Fallon man injured in a motorcycle accident in Warren County. The state patrol says it happened at three o'clock Wednesday afternoon on Highway D North of Karll Lane. The patrol says 34-year old Demetrice Williams was Southbound on a Harley when he lost control on a curve, ran off the road and struck a traffic sign. Williams was taken to St. Joseph Hospital with minor injuries.
St. Louis Again Under Air Quality Alert
The St. Louis Clean Air Partnership has issued an air quality alert for the metropolitan area. The orange-category alert means that maximum ozone concentrations are expected to reach levels that pose a health risk. Ground-level ozone is an air contaminant which can cause breathing difficulties for children, older adults, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Reducing outdoor physical activity is recommended. Telecommuting, carpooling, and using public transit are also recommended to cut down on dangerous pollutants in the air.
St. Louis Zoo Makes U.S. News' Top 26 Zoos List
The St. Louis Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country. The zoo was recently named to U.S. News and World Report's top 26 zoos list, which doesn't rank the zoos. U.S. News says the St. Louis Zoo has over 16-hundred animals that are kept in clean and spacious habitats. The zoo is always free and open year-round.
St. Louis' Hospital Put Into Receivership
A state-court judge has placed South City Hospital into receivership. Court officials say lawsuits against the historic facility, which was once known as Alexius Hospital and dated back to the 1870s, have been accumulating over the past year. The facility is reportedly more than 800-thousand-dollars behind on its rent. It been run by a trustee who took over for the previous owner, Americore, whose bankruptcy marked the second for the hospital in a year. Its owners say most of the facility's patients are either Medicaid and Medicare recipients.
MDC biologists say recent bear incident reminds St. Louis region residents not to feed them, and take precautions when camping
On May 23, a bear was struck and killed on I-55 near Festus—a
reminder that bears are especially active this time of year, and that
bear-human encounters are more likely. The Missouri Department of Conservation
(MDC) reminds St. Louis region residents black bears are becoming a growing
part of the St. Louis area landscape, even at times in highly populated
MDC’s ongoing bear research indicates the Show-Me-State is
currently home to around 900 black bears, and that population is growing by 9%
each year. Only one species can be found in this state—the American
black bear (Ursus americanus)—though
multiple color phases can occur in Missouri other than black, such that a
bear’s fur can be brown, red, or cinnamon in color.
Most of our bears are found in the southern part Missouri,
according to MDC wildlife biologists, which is where the largest tracts of
forested habitat are. Despite their primary concentration in the
Ozarks, sightings and potential encounters with bears are likely to increase in
the St. Louis region as the population continues to grow.
Research shows the population is expanding its range too, which
might explain the uptick in sightings in recent years. As the population grows
and expands, bears are showing up in areas further north. Additionally, late
spring/early summer is prime time for bears to be on the move. Young bears
begin to wander seeking food and new areas to settle and adult males begin
moving large distances in search of females.
These creatures are part of our state’s natural history, and
many people enjoy the thought of seeing one of these impressive animals.
While generally not aggressive, like any wild animal black bears are driven to
find food. It takes a lot of calories to fuel an animal that typically
weighs several hundred pounds, and as they emerge from hibernation in spring,
they’re especially hungry. Bears are attracted to a variety of food
sources this time of year.
Food, or rather the lack
of it, is key to avoiding conflicts with bears. The last thing homeowners
should do is tempt them with any sort of food source, whether it be
intentionally or unintentionally. Feeding bears is dangerous as it makes
the bears comfortable around people. It can also lead bears to cause
significant damage to property while searching for a meal.
A bear that grows accustomed to obtaining food from humans can
become a problem which could result in an increased number of encounters,
bolder behavior, property damage, and even the euthanizing of the bear.
Tempting a bear to stick around high population areas with ready food sources
also increases the chance of a fatal vehicle encounter, like the one near
These types of situations can be prevented by ensuring bears
don’t have access to easy foods.
MDC suggests the following tips to avoid issues if a bear has
been sighted in the area.
garbage, recyclables, and compost inside a secure building or in a
bear-proof container or location.
clean and disinfect trash containers to minimize smells that could attract
grills and smokers clean and store them inside.
leave pet food outside. Feed pets a portion at each meal and remove the
from using birdfeeders in bear country from April through November. If in
use, hang them at least 10 feet high and four feet away from any
structure. Keep in mind that even if a bear cannot get to the birdseed,
the scent could still attract it to the area.
electric fencing to keep bears away from beehives, chicken coops, vegetable
gardens, orchards, and other potential food sources.
These measures will also reduce problems with more common
critters like raccoons and coyotes.
While black bears are generally a shy, non-aggressive species
and bear attacks are rare throughout their range in North America, MDC offers
these tips to stay safe when hiking and camping in bear country:
deliberately offer a bear food!
campsites clean and store all food, toiletries, and trash in a secure
vehicle or strung high between two trees.
not keep food or toiletries in a tent, and do not burn or bury garbage or
noise, such as clapping, singing, or talking loudly, while hiking to
prevent surprising a bear.
in a group if possible.
hiking or camping in bear country, consider carrying bear spray. Read the
instructions carefully and keep bear spray immediately available on your
belt or your pack’s waist strap, not buried inside your pack.
aware of surroundings. If there are signs of a bear, such as tracks or
scat, avoid the area.
bears alone! Do not approach them, and make sure they have an escape
With a few sensible measures, it’s possible to welcome back
Missouri’s black bears as our neighbors in the wild, without inviting them to
the dinner table.
For more on black bears in Missouri, go to mdc.mo.gov/bearaware. Report bear
sightings and submit photos online at mdc.mo.gov/reportbears.
In addition to directly educating Missourians on how to Be Bear
Aware about black bears in the state, MDC is also affiliated with the BearWise®
program. BearWise is a multi-state education effort developed by black bear
biologists and supported by state wildlife agencies, such as MDC, that provides
sound information and smart solutions that help people, neighborhoods, and
communities prevent problems with black bears and keep bears wild. BearWise
shares ways to prevent conflicts, provides resources to resolve problems, and
encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild. Learn more at BearWise.org.
St. Louis Archdiocese's Reorganization To Close 2 Parishes, Merge 15 Others Down To 5
The St. Louis Archdiocese has outlined its plans to realign Roman Catholic churches in the St. Louis area. Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski and other leaders announced the results of their "All Things New" campaign over the weekend that will reorganize 15 St. Louis-area parishes into five. Two parishes will close under the new plan, St. Cronan and Saints Peter and Paul, which are both in St. Louis. Parishioners who want to appeal the plan can reach out to the website Save Rome of the West dot com. The archdiocese assignments are expected to be implemented later this year.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Reveals Crash Data Over Holiday Weekend
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is coming off a busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. Preliminary reports indicate there were more than 300 vehicle crashes between Friday night and Monday night. Ten people died as a result of those accidents and over one hundred were injured. There were also six boat crashes, leaving three people hurt.
State Rep. Brad Banderman Named Freshman Legislator of the Year for Excellence in Elections and Elected Officials
In just his first term in office, State Rep. Brad Banderman has earned the praise of House Leadership and his colleagues for making a significant impact on the legislative process for his work in committees and on several key pieces of legislation. House Speaker Dean Plocher presented Banderman with a Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for the work he has done as an advocate for Missouri’s elections and elected officials.
Two injured, one seriously, in a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. The patrol says it happened at 3:10 Tuesday afternoon on Highway F near Watson Street. 60-year old Marcia Armfield of Pacific attempted a left turn and failed to yield to a motorcycle ridden by a 17-year old juvenile from Pacific. The juvenile was taken to Mercy in St. Louis with serious injuries. Armfield was taken to St. Clare Hospital in Fenton with minor injuries.
Two Robertsville women were injured in a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. The patrol says it happened at 3:15 Tuesday afternoon on Highway N at Finney Road. The patrol says 42-year old Christine Bryan of Villa ridge attempted a turn and failed to yield to a vehicle driven by 43-year old Nicholas Scroggin of Robertsville. A passenger in each vehicle, 41-year old Jennifer Hernandez and 45-year old Georgina Hettinger of Robertsville, were taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.
New Haven teenager was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Franklin County. The patrol says 18-year old Gavin Klinkerfuss was Westbound on Highway 100 East of Arch Road at four o'clock Tuesday afternoon driving too fast when he came upon a slow moving vehicle, lost control and crashed. Klinkerfuss was taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.
Warrenton woman injured in an accident in Warren County. The patrol says 38-year old Linda Jaspering of Warrenton and 61-year old Steven Thompson of Hawk Point were the drivers. The patrol says they sideswiped eachother as they passed on Highway W South of Lix Road. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries.
New Circuit Attorney Sworn-In
St. Louis officially has a new circuit attorney. Gabe Gore was sworn-in this morning. He will serve as interim circuit attorney until the voters decide the issue next year. Gore was appointed by Governor Parsons less than two weeks ago to replace Kim Gardner who resigned under pressure. The governor's legal council has been filling the void until today.
Stl County Executive Vetoes Tobacco Sales Bill
Sam Page has announced two vetoes of recent St. Louis County Council votes. In addition to the veto of the pedestrian bill, Page also announced today his veto of a tobacco sales bill. That bill would have allowed store owners to pass along the right to sell tobacco products close to schools should the store be sold. There are stores that are grandfathered into a policy which allows them to be closer than one thousand feet from a school and still sell tobacco products. But the current law doesn't allow the privilege to be passed on.
Judge Barrs Newspaper From Publishing Story
A St. Louis City Circuit Court judge has barred the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper from publishing a story. It concerns material from a man's mental health evaluation that has been deemed highly confidential. The judge says if the information is published, that would prevent the man from getting fair treatment in his trial where he's accused of killing a police officer. Thomas Kinworthy allegedly shot Tamarris Bohannon to death nearly three years ago. When Officer Bohannon approached the home where Kinworthy was, he allegedly opened fire, killing the officer. Kinworthy was taken into custody after a long standoff.
Trial Set For Defendant In MU Hazing Incident
A trial is set for a person charged in the 2021 hazing incident of a former University of Missouri student left disabled. Samuel Morrison is set to go on trial September 26th. Morrison is charged with hazing Daniel Santulli, whose parents filed a civil lawsuit against the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity over the October 2021 incident. The Missouri chapter of Phi Gamma Delta has since been removed from the university.
66th Homicide Under Investigation
St. Louis city police are investigating a shooting near Laclede's Landing. Cops say a man in his 40s was shot near Leonor K Sullivan Boulevard and MLK Drive shortly after 4:30 this morning. The victim was taken to the hospital where he later died. This is the 66th murder in the city this year. Officials say 53 cases have been cleared.
A man from Middle Brook, Missouri was injured in a one vehicle accident in Franklin County Friday afternoon. The patrol says it happened just before three o'clock as 60-year old David Herring was Northbound in a Dodge Ram pick-up on Highway N South of Tumbleweed Drive. The patrol says Herring ran off the left side of the highway and struck a tree. He was taken to Mercy in Washington by St. Clair Ambulance with serious injuries.
Fatal dune buggy accident in Phelps County over the weekend. The patrol says it happened at 3:40 Sunday afternoon on County Road 1140. 49-year old Paul Rice of Catawissa was behind the wheel when the dune buggy ran off the road and overturned. A passenger, 42-year old Chandra Moffet of St. James was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Rice was buckled in and escaped with minor injuries.
Lonedell man seriously injured in a side-by-side accident in Jefferson County. The patrol says it happened after seven o'clock Sunday evening on Highway Y South of Morse Mill Road. The patrol says 21 year old Jakob Tharp was Northbound when the Polaris RZR experienced a mechanical malfunction, skidded off the road and overturned. Tharp was was taken to Mercy South with serious injuries.
One car accident in Gasconade County sends a woman from Linn to the hospital. The patrol says 25-year old Hanna Hensing was Eastbound on Highway E East of Drake School Road just before one o'clock Saturday afternoon when she ran off the road and struck several trees. Hensing was taken to Mercy in St. Louis with moderate injuries.
Health Officials Remind About Food Safety
A great forecast and a holiday weekend means a lot of picnics, barbecues and camping across the St. Louis Metro. Health officials are reminding people of the importance of food safety both in preparation and when serving food. Food borne bacteria will thrive in the right conditions so it is strongly advised that cold food be kept on ice or in the refrigerator and be left out for only an hour. Warm food should be kept warm to at least 140 degrees until served. Officials recommend keeping coolers with food closed and thoroughly washing all fresh fruit and vegetables.
Buckle Up Or Risk A Ticket
Police agencies around St. Louis have boosted patrols to keep the roadways safe this holiday weekend. The Click It or Ticket Campaign is underway and officers will be enforcing seat belt use. Drivers can be pulled over and ticketed in Missouri for not being buckled-up.
New National Study Ranks St. Louis 18th In Country For STDs
A new study ranks St. Louis as having the 18th-highest rate nationally of sexually transmitted diseases. The healthcare research group Innerbody says it used CDC data to determine its list. The study ranked Memphis as number one on its list.
St. Louis Archdiocese's All Things New Reorganization To be Announced This Weekend
Sunday marks the deadline when the St. Louis Roman Catholic Archdiocese says it must close many churches in the area. Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski and other leaders say their "All Things New" campaign, which they say is guided by the Holy Spirit, will meet the needs of changing congregations and create a nine-parish lineup. Pastors will be asked to read a statement from the archbishop detailing their parish and priest assignments at masses this Saturday and on Sunday, May 28th, the day when Christians observe Pentecost. The assignments will be implemented later this year.
Mayor Signs Order Backing Transgender Youth Denounced by State Lawmakers
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones has signed an executive order to help key city departments be more inclusive of diverse gender identities. Jones says anti-transgender laws passed by the Missouri legislature have made transgender people, especially teens, feel unsafe and unwelcome. Jones says in a statement that the order sends the message that St. Louis will fight to protect trans people in the face of bigotry. She adds that the order provides support for trans youth to participate in city sports at local rec centers, too.
Memorial Day Events Make For Busy Weekend
There are events planned all over the St. Louis and the Metro East to commemorate Memorial Day. The parade in downtown St. Louis is Monday at 9 a.m. and the parade in Belleville steps off at 10:00. The Observance at Soldier's Memorial is at 10 a.m. Monday. Manchester, Florissant and Alton all have Monday morning ceremonies and University City is holding its Memorial Day Run at 7:30 Monday morning. On Sunday Jefferson Barracks is having its flag service at 9 a.m.
Lambert Master Plan Approved By FAA
The FAA has approved the nearly three-billion-dollar master plan for the future of Lambert International Airport. Officials have developed a plan through 2040 which accounts for anticipated travel growth through St. Louis. The cost would be paid by a combination of airline fees, revenue from retail and concessions and federal grants. The FAA approval opens the door for an environmental impact study to be conducted. The improvements include more parking garage space, more retail and concessions and the combining of Terminals One and Two to allow one entry and one checkpoint for travelers.
Missouri AG Opposes Biden's Efforts To Raise Debt Ceiling
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is opposing President Biden's efforts to raise the debt ceiling. Bailey joined a group of 19 state attorneys general in opposition of what they believe is Biden's attempt to unilaterally expand executive power to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval. He claims President Biden incorrectly asserted that the 14th Amendment vests this authority into the executive branch.
Rate Hikes Could Be Coming To Missouri Nursing Homes For Veterans
Rate hikes could be coming to Missouri operated nursing homes for military veterans. The Post Dispatch reports as part of a new study, members of the Missouri Veterans Commission discussed a possible nine-percent increase in monthly room rates for veterans, and a possible 14-percent hike for residents living in single rooms. Officials say the increases are designed to open more beds within the state's seven homes. The report also found that the homes need millions of dollars in improvements.
Ameren Missouri Customers Will See Natural Gas Rates Drop
Ameren Missouri natural gas customers will see rates drop next month. The new rate will take effect on June 1st under a new filing. Ameren Missouri serves approximately 134-thousand natural gas customers in more than two dozen Missouri counties.
AirBnB Announces Anti-Party Crackdown' In Missouri
The parent company of Air B-N-B has announced an anti-party crackdown in Missouri for the upcoming Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends. A spokesperson for the company says enforcement will primarily be for one- and two-night reservations but it will also affect users who don't have a long history on the platform. The plan comes after concerns over short-term rental parties in the St. Louis area and other parts Missouri, which officials say have become violent in the past. The company says last year over Memorial Day weekend, over 200 people in Missouri were kept from booking entire-home rentals.