Morning round-up
7:15 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blues on the brink of new ownership

Two years to the month after being put up for sale for the second time in six years, the St. Louis Blues appear to have a new owner.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the NHL's Board of Governors on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the sale of the team to an investor group led by Tom Stillman, who owns a liquor distributor in St. Louis and is currently a minority owner of the team. The sale is expected to be finalized today.

The paper says the group includes former US Senator John Danforth and the Taylor family, which owns the rental car company Enterprise. The team's top management, president John Davidson and general manager Doug Armstrong, is not expected to change, but former Blues star Brett Hull is likely to get a management position.

Comment at Tea Party rally prompts extra protection for McCaskill

The US Capitol Police have stepped up protection for Sen. Claire McCaskill following an activist's remark at a Tea Party rally last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Scott Boston told a crowd in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday that ""we have to get Claire McCaskill out. We have to kill the Claire Bear, ladies and gentlemen."

Boston says the comments were not meant as a threat, but the Capitol Police decided to add extra security, as well as ask police in Kirkwood, where McCaskill, a Democrat, lives to conduct extra patrols near her house.

National Parks Service will help Great Rivers Greenway evaluate Archgrounds plan

A plan by the active living advocacy group Great Rivers Greenway to add bike paths and other amenities at the Archgrounds is getting a boost from the National Parks Service.

Great Rivers announced yesterday that its Central River Corridor plan will be part of an environmental assessment the Parks Service is already conducting for a planned $553 million overhaul of the Archgrounds.

The Greenway’s Janet Wilding says getting the Parks Service involved provides a valuable opportunity to get public input on the Central River Corridor project.

"There's so much change that's on the horizon for the Archgrounds," she said. "From Lenor K. Sullivan to the full grounds, the lid project that MoDOT's doing. They're really re-conceiving the whole Archgrounds."

The Greenway’s plan will elevate Lenor K. Sullivan Boulevard out of the floodplain, and add bike and pedestrian trails that will connect with other parts of the Greenway’s system.

Wilding says she expects the Parks Service's assessment to take about six to eight months.