St. Louis, MO – Construction will begin next week to join the two main staircases at the Gateway Arch in one single stairway. Currently grass lies between the two staircases.
The head of maintenance at the Arch, David Bubac, says a single staircase that could double as an amphitheatre was part of the original plans for the riverfront monument, but the money hasn't been available until now.
St. Louis, MO – Secretary Gale Norton toured a new $3 million building near the Arch that is the new home for crews who maintain the Arch and Old Courthouse grounds. Norton says the project is part of the President's goal to reduce a backlog of maintenance needs at US parks and historic sites.
Norton says her Department will still create national parks and historic sites, but only after those places meet stricter standards to assure they'll be maintained.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University is looking for volunteers to take part in a nationwide clinical trial to test the potency of the current smallpox vaccination. The study focuses on people aged 32 to 70 who've already been vaccinated against smallpox at least once. Researchers will measure how well volunteers respond to three randomly selected dilutions of the vaccine.
St. Louis, MO – A 41-year-old man is suing a former priest and the St. Louis Archdiocese over sexual abuse he says he endured for two years in the 1970s.
Matt Layton, of Webster Groves, says he was abused by Joseph Ross, but only recalled it in March. Layton says he was an altar boy in 1975 at St. Williams Church in suburban St. Louis when the abuse began.