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Transportation officials are hoping a new pilot program will help cut down on the number of wrong-way accidents on Interstate-44 in St. Louis.

According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, there have been 25 crashes on I-44 caused by drivers headed in the wrong direction on the interstate in the last eight years.

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Janet Saidi contributed reporting from Columbia, Mo.

The number of people killed on Missouri roads is expected to be up slightly in 2012 compared with 2011.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says:

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Two people were killed and another 91 injured on Missouri’s roads during the Christmas holiday.

The state Highway Patrol investigated 239 crashes between December 21st and Christmas Day, and arrested 130 people for driving while intoxicated. During the Christmas holiday last year, five people were killed and 67 injured, and state police arrested 56 for DWI.

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Mo. traffic fatalities continue climbing

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says traffic deaths are taking a troubling turn upward this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says through Sept. 4, 554 people had died on Missouri roads, compared to 498 over the same period in 2011. Fatalities in 2011 reached their lowest total since the 1940s.

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Starting today, motorists in Illinois will see safe driving messages on the state's digital road signs.

The campaign from the Illinois Department of Transportation is an effort to reduce the number of fatal accidents in the state. So far this year, 479 people have died on Illinois roads, compared with 418 by the same time last year.

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Traffic fatalities spike in Mo. after six years of decline

Traffic fatalities in Missouri climbed nearly 20 percent through the first six months of this year, the first increase after six years of decline.

The state recorded 375 deaths this year, compared to 313 in 2011. The biggest increases came in southern and central Missouri, while the St. Louis area saw a small drop in fatal accidents.

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Updated 12:11 p.m. May 23:

The name of the driver involved in the accident has been released by the Illinois State Police along with the names of the others injured - with the exception of worker Dennis Beard, who died, as we previously reported. They are as follows:

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Washington University officials on the lookout for bacterial meningitis 

Officials at Washington University are on the lookout for possible cases of bacterial meningitis after a female undergraduate student was diagnosed with the bacteria that can cause the illness.

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The Missouri students injured when their school bus overturned are continuing to recover.

Eleven students in the Valley R-6 School District ranging in age from 7 to 16 were hurt in the crash Tuesday near Belgrade, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis. Authorities believe the bus driver was distracted by something on the bus, causing it to slide off the narrow two-lane highway and overturn in a ditch.

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Updated 4:53 p.m. to reflect that at least five people have been reported as injured. Original reports stated three people, those airlifted, as the only injuries.

At least five people have been injured, three of whom were airlifted to a St. Louis hospital, after a school bus accident in rural eastern Missouri.

The accident happened this afternoon in Belgrade, Mo., about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

It involved a bus carrying students in the Valley R-6 School District in Washington County.

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