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Management at Lambert Airport has signed off on an agreement with the Hudson Group to offer travelers a new lineup of retail stores.

If the St. Louis Board of Alderman green lights the deal, Hudson Group will take over 14 locations, boosting the total number of shops by three.    

Proposed new retail concepts range from one focused on St. Louis sports teams to an Eddie Bauer clothing shop. 

Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said the deal will also bring in guaranteed extra revenue.

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New Illinois laws aim to protect elderly

New laws signed by Gov. Pat Quinn this weekend are aimed at protecting the elderly in Illinois by increasing oversight of caregivers and making it easier for authorities to respond to cases of abuse or neglect.

One of the new pieces of legislation allows prosecutors to ask a court to freeze a suspect's assets if he is charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person. That's meant to keep a defendant from spending stolen money before restitution is collected.

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Storms bring some relief to St. Louis

Strong thunderstorms that moved through the St. Louis area last night have brought some relief from the extreme heat that’s been pounding the region for the last two weeks.

The ten days of triple digit temperatures fell just three days short of the 1934 record, when high temperatures hit 100 degrees or more for 13 days straight. The summer of 2012 is only three weeks old, but eight record high temperatures have already fallen.

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Guards charged with assault for inmate fight

Two guards at the medium security jail in St. Louis City are facing burglary and assault charges for allegedly arranging to have one inmate at the workhouse beat up another.

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Police investigating explosive device at downtown federal building

St. Louis police are trying to find the person who threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown.

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A massive tornado tore through the St. Louis area a year ago this Sunday. Lambert Airport was hit particularly hard, but few signs of the damage remain today.  

Congressman Lacy Clay of St. Louis recalls seeing the airport just hours after the tornado struck on Good Friday.

“Once I got to the airport, I could not believe all of the glass that was blown out of the structure," Clay said. "And then looking at the parking lot: seeing the cars and vans that were on top of each other. It was just amazing.”

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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.

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Remember seeing this video? This was what happened to the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport almost a year ago.

The video shows what happened when a tornado ripped through the St. Louis area. The good news? The damaged C Concourse is about to reopen.

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Lambert Airport is honoring African American pilots who broke color barriers in the sky with a re-dedication of its mural “Black Americans in Flight.”

Solomon Thurman, one of the mural's co-artists, said the five-panel mural depicts the aviation achievements of African Americans from WWI to the NASA shuttle mission. 

"St. Louis is the only place where you can see an encapsulated story of the Tuskegee Airmen," he said. "There are many Tuskegee paintings around the country and perhaps around the world, but none tell the cohesive story."

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Some passengers at Lambert Airport will be allowed to keep their belts and shoes on while passing through security checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration is including St. Louis in a program to make check-in more convenient for frequent fliers. The TSA says the program, which has been tested at seven major airports, will expand to 28 others, including Lambert, this year. 

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Mo. revenues behind amount needed for budget

Missouri's revenues continue to be behind what is needed to balance the budget. January's figures show that net state revenues grew two percent over the same month last year.

The fiscal year began in July. For the first seven months of the 2012 fiscal year, Missouri's general revenues were up 1.3 percent. That is almost half the 2.7 percent growth rate that the governor's budget office says is needed to meet the budget.

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Anti-smoking advocates want more smoking bans

Groups against smoking are urging the St. Louis County Council to make changes to the smoking ban that went into effect last year.

Currently, businesses whose food sales result in 25 percent of gross sales including food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are eligible for an exemption from the smoking ban. There are 145 businesses that currently allow smoking in the county.

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Officials at Lambert Airport are hoping to reopen the C Concourse in April - about one year after the concourse was severely damaged in a Good Friday tornado. The April date is consistent with the projected timeframe we reported in October.

Remember seeing this video? That was the C Concourse.

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Just in time for the holiday travel season, contractors at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have finished their work on Concourse A.

The projects - part of a $70 million overhaul of Terminal 1 - include new ceilings, flooring and carpet, and completely new bathrooms.

Also included? Two new pieces of public art, which airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says are the first new pieces since the mural of black aviation was completed nearly 20 years ago.

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On this day before Thanksgiving, a constant, steady flow of passengers are making their way through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Airport officials say about 23,000 passengers are going through checkpoints today.

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says so far the busy travel day has gone smoothly. She says one reason why is because children under 12 years old do not have to remove their shoes when they go through airport security.

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A St. Louis man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for phoning in a false bomb threat to Lambert Airport.

The sentence for 36-year-old Dorian Williams was handed down Monday in federal court.

Authorities say Williams called the airport on Jan. 15, 2010, and said someone named "Dorian" was possibly going to carry explosives on a plane. He was found guilty in July.

Williams served nearly four years in prison previously for threatening a federal judge, prosecutor, FBI agent, a prison official and the official's family in 1997.

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The 12-month, $30-million repairs to a tornado-damaged Lambert-St. Louis International Airport are on time, and on budget, says the airport's director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

Contractors started removing boards and installing new windows on the front of the main terminal today. Most of the glass on the less-visible north side of the terminal has already been replaced.

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Former NBA player Darius Miles is facing a felony charge for allegedly trying to take a loaded gun through security at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

St. Louis County prosecutors charged Miles with unlawful use of a weapon on Friday, about two months after his Aug. 3 arrest. Messages left with Miles' attorney, Scott Rosenblum, were not returned.

Bond was set at $15,000 and Miles was freed Monday after posting 10 percent of the bond.

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Updated 1:05 p.m. with information that passengers are being interviewed.

Investigators have determined that there was no terrorism involved in an incident that caused a US Airways flight from New York to Phoenix to be diverted to St. Louis.

US Airways flight 457 landed at Lambert Airport just before 8 a.m. Tuesday after crew became concerned about the activities of three male passengers.

All 128 passengers were re-screened, the plane was checked and the plane took off for Phoenix a little over two hours later.

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Updated 1:11 p.m.

Passengers aboard a flight bound from St. Louis to Washington on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks had to make a return to the gate after crew became concerned about something found on the plane.

The Transportation Security Administration says GoJet Airlines flight 3681, a regional carrier for United Airlines, was still on the runway Sunday when it returned to the gate. A TSA spokesman says all passengers were re-screened at the request of the pilot. Nothing was found and the plane departed.

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