Crews are expected in Forest Park today to start constucting a Ferris wheel for New Year's Eve festivities. The wheel will be just one of many parts of the large party planned to ring in 2004.
But this year's Ferris wheel has some wondering what happened to the first Ferris wheel that ever stood in Forest Park one hundred years ago. And as KWMU's Tom Weber reports, that wheeel's saga has become the stuff of legend.
St. Louis – Motorists who are used to traffic headaches between St. Louis and St. Charles Counties now have another option. The Page Avenue extension, or Highway 364, faced its first rush hours tests Monday.
Officials say the first day of traffic on the Veterans Memorial Bridge was a success.
The $348 million project is expected to relieve congestion on the other bridges over the Missouri River.
But Linda Wilson, with the state Department of Transportation, said it's only phase one.
Springfield, Ill – Illinois governor rod Blagojevich says he may veto legislation that is designed to bring more money to the state's hospitals.
The legislation increases taxes on hospitals, with that money generating more federal matching money.
In the end, hospitals would get more money than they pay in taxes. However, the governor says some of the money would go to nursing homes and adds he does not like the fact that about $70 million is not earmarked for any program.
St. Louis, MO – The eight-mile project has been sought by transportation planners for close to 35 years, saying that it will relieve stifling traffic congestion on bridges between St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Wilson says the new roadway will have an immediate impact:
St. Louis, MO – To the sound of a fife and drum corps, a crew of several dozen men docked three replica boats near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in Hartford, Illinois where Lewis and Clark landed on this day in 1804.
One of the re-enactors is Greg Carter, who plays Louisiana Territory Governor Amos Stoddard: