Morning round-up
9:17 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, July 30, 2012

Review your route: I-64 work has begun

Several ramps on the stretch of I-64 that runs through downtown closed for roadwork this morning.

The ramps from 10th Street and 14th Street will be closed around the clock, as will the ramp from Broadway.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Gates says there will also be ramp closures for motorists heading into downtown.

"Westbound 64 to 21st and Market will only be open from 6am to 10am weekdays," said Gates.  "However, people on westbound 64 will be able to use the 9th Street exit to get into downtown."

The roadwork on I-64 is expected to take around a month to complete.   After that workers will then start resurfacing eastbound I-64.

Reservoirs in northern states giving Missouri River a boost

The same reservoirs in northern states that were blamed for last year's flooding on the Missouri River are now giving the river a boost during a severe drought.

With the help of water from reservoirs in North Dakota and Montana, the Missouri River hasn't lost its depth beyond a one-foot drop in some places downstream from Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports the Mississippi River on the east side of the state, and waterways in Kansas and Nebraska, aren't so fortunate. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began tapping into reservoir water Friday after depleting the year's supply of snowpack and rain. Corps officials say there is plenty of water in the northern reservoirs to keep the river moving.

Franklin County officers to be featured in "Methbusters"

Narcotics investigators in Franklin County, Mo., may soon have their own TV show. The Washington Missourian reports that a new reality TV program called "Methbusters" will feature the Franklin County officers.

Franklin County has been among the leading counties in the nation for meth lab busts for more than a decade. The commander of the narcotics unit, Jason Grellner, is a nationally recognized advocate for tougher anti-meth laws. Plans call for the TV crew to be in Franklin County for three weeks of filming, starting the week of July 30th. They'll tag along as officers investigate meth lab activities and arrest suspects. Grellner says the series is expected to air on several cable TV channels. He isn't sure when the series will be shown.