Ettie Berneking en Urban gardening making its way into St. Louis schools <p><br /><a href=""></a></p><p>Urban gardening has found a stronghold in backyard and community plots and now, with some help from one organization, urban gardening is making its move into St. Louis schools.</p><p> Mon, 30 May 2011 15:01:06 +0000 Ettie Berneking 1329 at Urban gardening making its way into St. Louis schools Numerous road closures coming to St. Louis area this weekend <p>Despite the onslaught of rain and thunderstorms, the<a href=""> Missouri Department of Transportation </a>says it will move ahead with planned road closures over the weekend.</p><p>Several interstate lanes and ramps will be closed while dozens of repairs to the roadways are made.</p><p>Deanna Venker, with MoDOT, says the numerous closures might seem like they&rsquo;d cause a huge headache, but they will actually reduce the impact on drivers.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:50:32 +0000 Ettie Berneking 1049 at Numerous road closures coming to St. Louis area this weekend Communities continue to battle flood conditions in Mo., Ill. <p><strong>Updated 1:51 p.m. April 28:</strong></p><p><em>Via the Associated Press:</em></p><p><strong>The Black River is receding at Poplar Bluff, Mo., and some 1,000 evacuees are now allowed to go home.</strong></p><p>Officials in the southeast Missouri community of 17,000 residents on Thursday lifted a mandatory evacuation order for a large section of town, where river water has been pouring over the top of the levee.</p><p>Residents in the impacted area can return home whenever they choose.</p><p>Many will find a mess left behind by the murky water. Officials don&#39;t yet know how many homes were damaged in Poplar Bluff and in a rural area of Butler County also protected by the levee.</p><p>The National Weather Service said Thursday that after a crest of 21.4 feet on Tuesday, the Black River at Poplar Bluff was down to 19.1 feet.</p><p><strong>Updated 11:14 a.m. April 27:</strong></p><p><em>Via the Associated Press:</em></p><p><strong>The Army Corps of Engineers says it will wait until this weekend to decide whether to intentionally break a southeastern Missouri levee along the Mississippi River.</strong></p><p>The Corps has said it may have to blow holes in the Birds Point levee to ease rising waters near the Illinois town of Cairo which sits near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.</p><p>Missouri has sued (see 12:58 update) to block the effort because it would swamp farmland. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.</p><p>But Corps spokesman Bob Anderson tells The Associated Press that even if a judge gives the go-ahead, the agency will wait until it gets a better forecast of the river crests to see if the breach is necessary. That decision isn&#39;t likely to come until at least this weekend.</p><p><strong>Updated 5:06 p.m. April 26:</strong></p><p><em>Via the Associated Press:</em></p><p><strong>Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is defending the idea of intentionally breaching a Missouri levee</strong> to reduce flooding in Cairo.</p><p>Missouri officials object to the plan, saying it would endanger 130,000 acres of prime farmland.</p><p>But Simon told The Associated Press on Tuesday that farmers will be compensated for their losses and will be able to use the land next year. On the other hand, flooding could devastate the poor town of Cairo.</p><p>She noted an Illinois levee was intentionally breached during 1993 flooding.</p><p>Simon also says the Army Corps of Engineers would not break the Birds Point levee until water had already topped the levee.</p><p>The Corps of Engineers says it will put off a decision until at least Wednesday.</p><p><strong>Updated 4:20 p.m. April 26:</strong></p><p>U.S. Senator <strong>Claire McCaskill</strong> says she has concerns about the intentional breaching of the levee at Birds Point (via a press release):</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;While emergency responders and volunteers work to save lives and protect property as best they can, the Army Corps of Engineers are working to find a solution to alleviate the stress from our levees.&nbsp; I have grave concerns about the plan to intentionally breach Bird&rsquo;s Point Levee that is being considered. In the effort to prevent more damage, we may do additional significant harm to the agricultural economy of the region that will last well after the flood waters recede.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The release says McCaskill has already communicated her concerns with the Army Corps of Engineers&#39; leadership.</p><p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 20:07:11 +0000 The Associated Press, Ettie Berneking, Marshall Griffin, Kelsey Proud, Illinois Public Radio & Maria Altman 1030 at Communities continue to battle flood conditions in Mo., Ill. Landline use falling by the wayside in Mo., Ill. <p>If you use a cellphone instead of a landline, you aren&rsquo;t alone. More people are dropping their landlines in exchange for a cellphone-only existence.</p><p>The federal <a href="">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention </a>released <a href="">estimates </a>today showing a two year increase in Missouri and Illinois households making the switch to cellphones.</p><p><strong>In Missouri:</strong></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:55:55 +0000 Ettie Berneking & The Associated Press 996 at Landline use falling by the wayside in Mo., Ill. St. Louis Community College finds new chancellor <p>St. Louis Community College has a new chancellor -- Myrtle E.B. Dorsey.</p><p>The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees announced Dorsey&rsquo;s selection this morning.</p><p>Dorsey, who spent nine years as Chancellor at Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana, will replace Zelema Harris. Harris joined St. Louis Community College in 2007 and announced her retirement earlier this year.</p><p>Dorsey will take over the position starting June 16.</p><p>According to a press release, Dorsey earned her doctorate from the University of Texas</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:58:09 +0000 Ettie Berneking 963 at St. Louis Community College finds new chancellor Trans fats might be on the way out in Illinois <p>Artificial trans fats might be escorted out of Illinois after House lawmakers passed a bill banning them in restaurants, school vending machines and other venues statewide, according to the <a href="">Post Dispatch</a>.</p><p>The <a href=";GAID=11&amp;GA=97&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegID=58751&amp;SessionID=84">bill</a>, if passed in the Senate, would take effect Jan. 1, 2013.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:46:49 +0000 Ettie Berneking 948 at Trans fats might be on the way out in Illinois Belleville building among most endangered historic sites <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Luke Runyon used in this report.</em></p><p>Several aging buildings in Illinois have a better chance of survival now that they&rsquo;ve been added to <a href="">Landmarks Illinois</a>&rsquo; list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 18:24:43 +0000 Ettie Berneking & Illinois Public Radio 888 at Belleville building among most endangered historic sites Today's municipal elections running smoothly <p>Today&rsquo;s elections seem to be running smoothly according to election officials in <a href="">St. Louis City</a>, <a href="">St. Louis County</a> and <a href="">St. Charles County</a>.</p><p>A low voter turnout was predicted across the board, but some areas are seeing higher turnout than expected.</p><p><a href="">Rich Chrismer</a>, director of elections for St. Charles County, said the county is looking at an 18 percent turnout.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:04:33 +0000 Ettie Berneking 881 at Today's municipal elections running smoothly South St. Louis chef named on list of best chefs 2011 <p>Kevin Willmann, chef and owner of a new restaurant in south St. Louis, has found himself on <a href="">Food &amp; Wine </a>magazine&rsquo;s list of <a href="">Best Chefs of 2011</a>, according to the <a href="">Post-Dispatch</a>.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:54:34 +0000 Ettie Berneking 879 at South St. Louis chef named on list of best chefs 2011 New traffic routing system and trolley service coming to Forest Park <p>Beginning Friday, a new traffic routing system and trolley service will be implemented at Forest Park.</p><p>The new traffic plan (see map below) was announced today by the non-profit Forest Park Forever and partnering institutions to help alleviate congestion at the Hampton entrance to the park.</p><p>Lesley Hoffarth, president of Forest Park Forever, said that from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, vehicles will be diverted to the east on Wells.</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:15:44 +0000 Julie Bierach & Ettie Berneking 826 at New traffic routing system and trolley service coming to Forest Park