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9:21 am
Tue December 28, 2010

Morning headlines: Paraquad founder Max Starkloff dies, East St. Louis Police reject offer, Coleman lawyers seek to prevent expert testimony

Max Starkloff, founder and president of Paraquad Inc. died at his St. Louis home Monday. He was 73. (Flickr Creative Commons, mosaferroads)

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MoDOT in 2011
7:08 am
Tue December 28, 2010

The year ahead for MoDOT

Cracks are seen in the shoulder of I-70 near the exit to the Providence Road in Columbia, Mo. The budget for the Missouri Department of Transportation is expected to drop by nearly half in 2011. (Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)
/Via Flickr/ KOMU news, Manu Bhandari

Some major road projects will keep the Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractors busy next year. But that all changes in 2012.


In 2011, crews will complete a new ramp connecting Interstate 270 and Page Avenue, says Bill Schnell, MoDOT's assistant district engineer in the St. Louis area. They'll also finish MoDOT's portion of the Route 141 extension in West County.

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Fallen Heroes
5:24 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Bethalto Marine Corzine dies in Afghanistan

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. The memorial was erected to honor all marines who have died in defense of the United States. (via Flickr/ jimbowen0306)

An Illinois Marine has died from wounds he received while fighting in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reports.

The Department of Defense said Monday that 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine of Bethalto died on Friday, or Christmas Eve, from wounds he suffered Dec. 5 during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Corzine was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Bethalto is about 25 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo.

from St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Hunger doesn't take a holiday

Flickr Creative Commons user Victim Public

 

As many Missourians wrap up a weekend marked by celebration and plenty, somewhere near 16% of the state's population struggles with food insecurity.

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Christmas Tree Recycling
1:50 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Christmas tree recycling for free in St. Louis

Christmas trees on the curb in Washington, D.C. last year. St. Louis has a program for Christmas trees to be recycled instead of hitting the garbage dump. (Via Flickr/ brunosan)

The City of St. Louis is once again offering free Christmas tree recycling this year.

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Wentzville
1:23 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Wentzville prescription drug collection program going well

Wentzville is among the first area law enforcement agencies to offer a program to collect unused prescription medication. (Via Flickr/ psyberartist)

The Wentzville Police Department says a program started last month to collect unused prescription medication has so far been a success.

The program helps keep medications from contaminating the water supply and to keep them away from children and others who might abuse them.

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U. of Missouri
10:47 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Univ. of Missouri dropping 16 degree offerings

The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. will be subject to a plan to eliminate 16 degree options. Much of the elimination will come through merging programs to create new degrees. (via Flickr/Adam Procter)

A state-mandated review of academic programs has led to a University of Missouri plan to eliminate 16 degree options in coming years.

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Morning News Round-up
10:16 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Morning Headlines: Restructuring Mo. Government, Eads Bridge construction, Mo. House seating debate, Busch 911 call

Action in the Mo. state Capitol building recently with Missouri lawmakers seeking ideas from the public on how to restructure Mo. government and House Speaker Tilley possibly refusing to seat a new represenative from Kansas City. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

  • According to the St. Louis  Post- Dispatch, incoming Missouri speaker of the House Steve Tilley says he may refuse to seat a new representative from Kansas City because of allegations of voter fraud in the Democratic primary. Such a move is allowed under Missouri law, but is rare. The Post-Dispatch reports that Tilley was presented this month with a nearly 100 page document alleging widespread voter fraud from failed Democrat candidate Will Royster, who lost he primary in the 40th legislative district to John J. Rizzo by a single vote. Rizzo went on to win the general election against a Libertarian candidate. Tilley's move would cast a light on a a topic Republicans in Missouri have been pushing unsuccessfully for several years; the concept of requiring every voter to present a photo ID when voting. Rizzo called Royster's complaints "sour grapes."
  • Suburban St. Louis police have released a 911 call placed from the home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV earlier this month. A Busch employee called to report a woman who was "just not waking up " and who was later found dead at the home. She's been identified as 27-year-old Adrienne Martin. The cause of death has not been released. Frontenac Police Chief Thomas Becker also said Busch was at home at the time. Busch's lawyer has said there was nothing suspicious about the death.
  • Missouri lawmakers are again seeking ideas from the public for restructuring state government to cut costs. Las year, the Senate took a rare break from formal floor debates to consider ideas for restructuring stat government that were submitted by Missourians. Republican Senate leader Rob Mayer says he plans to do it again in the first weeks of the annual legislative session that starts next month. Mayer, of Dexter, says lawmakers need to consider any idea about how to cut spending. Ideas can be submitted anonymously online at a Senate Web page on rebooting state government.
  • 2011 will see some major work on the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River. Metro, which owns the bridge, says time and weather have deteriorated the 136-year-old structure. Metro President John Nations says the agency will use $24.5 million in federal stimulus funds to replace and repair structural elements on the bridge, as well as apply a protective coating on the steel.

"We'll also be doing some improvements to our tracks in that area to also enhance our system. So it's going to be a big project and the region, I know, is interested in it. I actually get asked about it a lot simply because the Eads Bridge is such a big symbol for this region and for the Midwest. " - Nations

Nations says the road on the top deck of the Eads will have to be closed for two to three months while the work on the bridge takes place.

Marine killed
6:11 pm
Fri December 24, 2010

Traffic crash kills Marine traveling through the area

(United States Marine Corps)

A 24-year old U.S. Marine  has died, following a three-car accident on the Illinois approach to the Poplar Street Bridge.

Blake G. Hinds was a native of Burlington, IA and stationed at Camp Lejune, in North Carolina. He may have been traveling home when he rear-ended a tractor trailer, then lost control of the 2006 Nissan Altima and collided with another vehicle.

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White Christmas
6:00 pm
Fri December 24, 2010

MoDOT keeping up with winter storm

MoDOT plow and salt trucks get ready for a winter storm
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging driver to take it slow and be careful if they must travel this Christmas night.

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