MetroLink is running regular service this morning across both tracks at the scene of an accident that happened yesterday in Pagedale. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several injuries were reported after a MetroLink light rail train hit a tow truck stalled at a crossing. The eastbound train struck the flatbed truck around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Passengers reported seeing at least five people being taken to hospitals by ambulance. Metro spokeswoman Dianne Williams said she was told the injuries did not appear to be serious. The tow truck was unoccupied. Investigators are trying to figure out why it stalled on the tracks.
"The relationship with Russia is key in terms of us getting the missile defense systems in place that can check Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, if in fact they decide that they will either utilize the nuclear weapons they have, the case in Pakistan, or continue to move towards nuclear capability, in the case of North Korea and Iran." - Sen. Claire McCaskill
St. Archbishop Robert Carlson is continuing work on what he has called his top priority - improving Catholic schools in the region. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that for the past year, Carlson has been meeting with parents, teachers, pastors and national experts. The goal is to develop strategies to improve Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese, where enrollment in its 11 counties has been steadily declining for four decades. The newspaper says Carlson is positioning the St. Louis Archdiocese to follow the lead of other large Catholic school systems that have restructured to stop the loss of students.
"We don't have to sit by and let this happen. Let's grow this system again." - Archbishop Robert Carlson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Type 2 diabetes â€“ the kind related to obesity and an unhealthy diet â€“ gets a lot of attention these days. But thereâ€™s another, less common, form of the disease â€“ type 1 â€“ that can also lead to life-threatening complications.
Of course, you should never drink and drive or be in a moving car without wearing a seatbelt, but Illinois motorists will want to be especially mindful this holiday season.
Illinois State Police and local law enforcement are stepping up enforcement on impaired drivers and unbelted motorists this holiday season in what they're callingÂ the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose/Click It or Ticket Holiday Crackdown."
Every day, train cars and semi trucks leave St. Louis stacked high with pallets of bricks.Â They head south to cities like New Orleans, to be reused in new construction.Â
But those bricks leave at a cost to the cityâ€”theyâ€™re often stolen from buildings the city owns, damaging both the governmentâ€™s investment and cityâ€™s historic heritage.Â Mandi Rice takes us to one of those neighborhoods, and asks what the city government is doing to curb the problem.
(The location of the Sunswept Apartment Complex in St. Louis via Google Maps. Explore the map to see the surrounding area).
Good morning! Here are some of today's morning headlines:
Sixteen residents have been ordered to vacate an apartment complex in North St. Louis County, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis county inspectors began investigating Sunswept Apartments earlier this month after police, firefighters and residents alerted them to violations. Search warrants were obtained Monday after property management refused to allow inspectors to look at parts of the complex. Inspectors uncovered multiple code violations including black mold, gas leaks, burst water pipes, faulty electrical wiring and raw sewage in a basement. The Post-Dispatch reports that real estate records show the building is owned by Shore to Shore Properties in Sausalito, Calif. They did not return calls for comment.
A Missouri agency is withdrawing $2 million in aid for a southeast Missouri development project led by a man who is on probation after pleading guilty to passing bad checks. The Department of Economic Development says the agency determined that statements were falsified on a grant application for the parent company of a firm planning to manage a health care cooperative in Cape Girardeau. The application requires certification that no one with an ownership interest is on probation.
A Grafton ferry service linking southwestern Illinois' Jersey County to Missouri's St. Charles County is closing after eight years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ferry's owners have sold their boats and docks to the Calhoun Ferry Co., which operates the Golden Eagle and Winfield ferries. Tom Foster, one of the pilots of the Grafton ferry says the ferry is closing due to silt problems that prevented it from taking a direct route across the Mississippi river. He said the owners had tried for more than a year to get federal help to dredge a chute between Mason Island 526 which has been choked with silt for the past two years.