Morning round-up
9:33 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 2, 2012

Lambert Concourse reopens today

City officials are celebrating the reopening of the C Concourse at Lambert St. Louis International Airport today.

The concourse has been closed since April 22 of last year when a tornado hit causing significant damage.

The concourse is new and improved according to director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge with brighter ceilings, new lighting and new restrooms among the improvements. Hamm-Niebruegge recalls the evening the tornado hit.

"The outside was a mess," said Hamm-Niebruegge.  "Not only were there trees and cabling and overhead signs down, but there were cars upside down. It was a pretty dramatic scene outside the terminal and once you got inside it wasn’t much different.

The majority of the concourse roof had been blown off along with 450 windows in the airport.

Hamm-Niegbruegge says the cost to repair the concourse was nearly $15 million.

Express Scripts completes Medco acquisition

Express Scripts says it has completed its $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco Health, creating the country's largest pharmacy benefits manager.

The closing comes after the Federal Trade Commission voted to close its investigation into the deal, clearing the last hurdle in its path.

The deal creates a company so large that it will handle the prescriptions of more than one in three Americans. St. Louis-based Express Scripts Inc. says it still expects the deal to result in cost savings of $1 billion once Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based Medco Health Solutions Inc.'s operations are fully integrated into its own.

Police: Delmar Loop safe despite shootings

Officials from both St. Louis and University City say the Delmar Loop is safe despite two shootings on Saturday.

The first incident involved a disturbance that led to gunfire. A couple of hours later, two people were hospitalized after a second shooting.

Officials from the two cities met Sunday at the Moonrise Hotel, then spoke at a news conference, saying they believe the Loop is safe and the shooting incidents were an anomaly. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says police in both cities will not tolerate bad behavior.

University City adopted an earlier curfew two years ago after groups of young people were causing problems. And last spring, patrols were stepped up after some crimes.