St. Louis, MO – The transformer is inside a concrete vault about 100 feet from the arch. It's one of three that supplies electrical power to the trams and all lighting systems inside and below the arch. Arch superintendent Gary Easton says though the bomb and arson squad and the FBI were brought to the scene, nothing suspicious was discovered:
St. Louis, MO – Great Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will visit St. Louis this fall.
The member of the royal family will be in Missouri October 22nd and 23rd for a dinner in his honor and to encourage international trade and foreign investment.
He is the brother of Charles, Prince of Wales, and when he was born in 1960 was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch in more than a century. As the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, he is fourth in line of succession to the throne.
Lake St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army has called a Missouri State Senator to active duty. Republican Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis is headed to Cuba where he'll produce a military newspaper and radio show.
Dolan's Army National Guard unit reports for duty on August 8th and will be sent first to Fort Carson, Colo.
He'll be out of the state for at least six months, which will leave Republicans with one fewer vote during the September veto session. That could make it more difficult to override some of Governor Bob Holden's vetoes.
St. Louis, MO – Some visitors were evacuated at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis today because of a noontime fire at a transformer on the Arch grounds.
Thick black smoke could be seen downtown from the fire. No injuries were reported. Officials at the National Park Service, which operates the Arch, say visitors in the south leg of the Arch were evacuated.
Atlanta, Ga. – A judge in Atlanta Wednesday ruled that hundreds of people in Missouri who were billed for connections to pornographic Web sites they never requested don't have to pay, or can get refunds.
In May, Missouri and a dozen other states sued New Jersey-based Alyon Technologies and Georgia-based Tel-collect. The lawsuits accused the companies of billing for unordered services and refusing to cancel bills.