Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Morning headlines: July 4, 2011

Fireworks light up the St. Louis Arch.
(via Flickr/AddyG)

Safety tips for handling fireworks

The City of St. Louis Department of Health is reminding City residents that it is not only unsafe, but illegal to possess or discharge fireworks within the City limits without a permit. The department says as recently as 2009, nearly 9,000 emergency room visits throughout the U. S were due to injuries sustained from fireworks. Approximately 6,000 of those injuries were reported during the 30 days surrounding July 4th.

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South County boil order
5:23 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Boil order for South County lifted

A boil order is in effect for abou 8,000 Missouri American Water customers in south St. Louis until further notice because of a water main break.
(via Flickr/Sterlic)

Updated at 2:05 p.m. July 3:

As of 1:30 p.m., the boil order that had been in effect for 8,000 Missouri American Water customers in south St. Louis County was lifted. The utility is recommending that customers in the affected area flush their plumbing by letting faucets run for a few minutes.

The affected ZIP codes were:

  • St. Louis County portions of 63026
  • St. Louis County portions of 63049
  • Portions of 63088 that are south of the Meramec River.

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Amtrak service
3:04 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Flooding cancels some Amtrak service

Flooding along the Missouri River has forced Amtrak to suspend two trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The rising Missouri River has forced the suspension of some Amtrak trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.

The suspension of the Missouri River Runner will last through at least July 6. Flooding along Union Pacific tracks west of Jefferson City is forcing freight trains to use the Union Pacific route that is shared with the Missouri River Runner. 

The specific trains canceled are:

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FOID Cards
2:39 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Quinn signs bill keeping names of registered gun owners private

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation keeping the names of registered gun owners in Illinois secret.
(via Flickr/dennis.tang)

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that exempts the names of Illinois residents with a Firearms Owner ID card from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

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Photo of the Week
1:07 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Arch Train

SMT Images via Flickr

Photo taken at by "SMT Images" on

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.

Missouri River Flooding
5:06 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Nixon: high flood waters to stick around for most of summer

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon with officers from the Missouri National Guard at the Howell Island Conservation Area outside Chesterfield, Mo. on July 1, 2011.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says high flood water on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers will be with us for most of the summer this year.

Nixon met with local officials in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties today.

Outside of the city of Chesterfield, Mo. Nixon stood on a levee that was reinforced after the Flood of 93.

Nixon says he doesn't expect the flooding to be as severe, but the Army National Guard is already standing by should if needed.

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Illinois Death Penalty
4:08 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Death row dies in Ill.

(via Flickr/neil conway)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Murderers convicted in Illinois will no longer be sentenced to death row as the state ban on capital punishment takes effect Friday.

It won't remain in place long if Republican Representative Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst has his way.

Reboletti says he will try pass a law reinstating the death penalty.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
3:38 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mo. gov. pledges additional $100M for disaster aid

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 3:42 p.m.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has pledged an additional $100 million in state disaster aid following the deadly tornado in Joplin and continued flooding across the state.

Nixon's announcement Friday raises Missouri's total financial commitment to $150 million for a particularly devastating few months of natural disasters.

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Mississippi River Flooding / St. Louis
2:36 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mississippi River flooding in St. Louis expected to stabilize

Looking west from Illinois at downtown St. Louis over a very high Mississippi River on July 1, 2011. The river is not expected to flood any higher this weekend, and should crest at just four feet above flood stage on July 2.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Flooding along the Mississippi River has forced the relocation of parts of this weekend's Fair St. Louis, but - good news - the water isn't expected to get any higher.

The river is expected to crest at 34 feet in St. Louis tomorrow - just four feet above flood stage.

And Army Corps St. Louis district commander Tom O'Hara says that takes into account the water still flowing into the Missouri River from dams in North and South Dakota and Montana.

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Illinois State Workers
1:19 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn tries to skip $77 million in raises

The dome of the Illinois State Capitol building.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Updated 1:39 p.m. and again at 3:27 p.m. with information about union.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis.

The administration notified 14 state agencies and the affected unions that the 2 percent raises won't be paid as required by contract.

Quinn's office said Friday that lawmakers did not provide enough money in the new budget to cover raises for nearly 30,000 employees.

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