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Holiday Travel
5:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Tips And Reminders For Thanksgiving Air Travelers

Actual items that the Transportation Security Administration has confiscated from travelers at checkpoints at Lambert Airport.
(via Tina Eaton)

Officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the Transportation Security Administration are preparing for a boost in travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Between Friday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 25, the airport is expected to see a 10 to 15 percent increase in passengers.

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Beyond November
1:20 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Martin Loses Attorney General Race By Large Margin

Incumbent Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will keep his seat after being challenged by Republican candidate Ed Martin.
(via Koster and Martin campaign ads)

The Republican nominee for Missouri Attorney General, Ed Martin lost the race against incumbent Chris Koster last night by a double-digit margin.

He remained hopeful even as the gap began to widen early in the night.

"We have a Secretary of State who’s had a history of some sort of irregularities in how she reports stuff, so we’ll wait and see,” Martin told supporters gathered at a south St. Louis hotel. "But right now what we’re seeing on our internals is that we’re within two or three points."

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Blanchette Bridge Roadwork
3:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Day Of Blanchette Bridge Closure Goes Smoothly

A MoDOT diagram of the highway configuration during the Blanchette Bridge project.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

This morning marked the first rush hour since all westbound lanes of the Blanchette Bridge were closed late yesterday afternoon for a year-long construction project.

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Hurricane Relief
4:35 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Anheuser-Busch Contributes Drinking Water To Hurricane Recovery

(PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

Anheuser-Busch is in the process of packaging over one million cans of drinking water for victims of Hurricane Sandy that hit the northeast early this week.

The St. Louis-based company has the ability to easily convert one or more of its beer-production lines to produce drinking water, which is something it has done in the wake of natural disasters since the late 1980s.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

McCaskill Returns To The Campaign Trail

Senator Claire McCaskill talks to reporters outside of Bayless Elementary.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is back on the campaign trail, attacking her opponent, Republican Congressman  Todd Akin for his stance on the school lunch program. It was McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne.

In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.

McCaskill said her passing has been “tumultuous."

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mo. GOP Candidates Rally Around Voter I.D.

Republican Secretary of State candidate Shane Schoeller holds up his I.D.
Tina Eaton

Voter I.D. laws have been a contentious issue nationwide, with conservatives in many states pushing through legislation to require a form of photo identification to vote.

You can currently vote in Missouri by showing a utility bill or bank statement, but Republican secretary of state candidate Shane Schoeller wants to change that.

At a rally of about 50 conservatives in Fenton, Schoeller held up his photo I.D.

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Superintendent Resigns
4:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Superintendent Of Troubled Normandy School District To Step Down

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The superintendent of the Normandy School District in St. Louis announced that he will be stepping down in June.

In a letter to the school board today, Dr. Stanton Lawrence cited personal and family reasons for his resignation. This is his fifth year as superintendent. His contract was set to expire in 2015.

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Immigration and Innovation
6:42 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Study Shows Immigration May Boost St. Louis Economy

About 300 people rallied outside the Mo. Capitol against two immigration-related bills. A study says immigrants could be crucial to growth in St. Louis.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Saint Louis University economist thinks he has found a key to growth for St. Louis.

Professor Jack Strauss presented his findings this afternoon from an economic study that shows a direct correlation between an increasing immigrant population and economic growth. The study was originally released in June.

He says he thinks it is likely that the city’s economic slump is partly due to a dwindling number of immigrants living in the area. Four and a half percent of St. Louis’ population is foreign. In other large cities, that number is closer to 18 percent.  

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Interstate Memorial
2:23 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Illinois Road Renamed To Honor Uhl Sisters Killed In Crash

The new signs designating a portion of Interstate 64 between Mascoutah and O’Fallon, Ill. as the Jessica and Kellu Uhl Memorial Highway. The Uhl sisters were killed in a head-on crash with a former Illinois state trooper in 2007.
via Facebook

A four-mile stretch of Interstate 64 between Mascoutah and O’Fallon, Ill., was renamed the Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Highway this morning.

Jessica and Kelli Uhl were killed in a car crash the day after Thanksgiving in 2007. The sisters were hit head on by former Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell when he crossed a median and slammed into their car at over 120 miles per hour. Mitchell was reportedly responding to an accident while using his in-car computer and making a personal call on his cell phone.

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Homeless Loitering
4:17 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Rice: City Barricades Hurting Parking At Homeless Center

The New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust St. in St. Louis, Mo. (via Flickr/ pasa47)

Reverend Larry Rice says he is tired of waiting for the city to remove barriers that have surrounded his homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis for the past five weeks.

Sidewalks on both sides of Locust Street in front of New Life Evangelistic Center are blocked off by metal barriers. Bill Seidhoff, the director of the city’s department of human services, said the city placed the barriers there after receiving calls from residents who were concerned about hygiene and safety because of the homeless people who congregate and sleep around the center.

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