Lambert Airport

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

Morning headlines: Monday, April 2, 2012

A bus sits on a ledge after a storm did major damage to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis on April 22, 2011.
UPI/KMOX

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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Lambert Airport
3:48 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Tornado-damaged C Concourse to reopen at Lambert Airport April 2

A screen capture of a video of the inside of the entrance of Terminal C at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as a tornado descended on the building on April 22, 2011.
(Screen Capture via YouTube)

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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Black History Month
5:27 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Lambert Airport honors black pilot pioneers

Former Tuskegee Airman Christopher Newman's portrait is included in the mural "Black Americans in Flight" at Lambert Airport.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public)

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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Airport Security
5:34 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Lambert Airport to loosen security screenings for frequent fliers

Lambert Airport will loosen security screening measures for some frequent fliers.
via Flickr/Michael R. Allen

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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Morning Round-up
8:49 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 3, 2012

Mo. revenues are lower than what is needed to balance the state budget.
(via flickr/yomanimus)

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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Morning Round-up
8:05 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, January 27, 2012

Tobacco Free St. Louis wants no businesses to be exempt from St. Louis County smoking ban
(file photo)

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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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
10:21 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Lambert's C Concourse could reopen in April

A screen capture of a video of the inside of the entrance of Terminal C at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as a tornado descended on the building on April 22, 2011.
(Screen Capture via YouTube)

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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Concourse A
2:39 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Renovations complete at Lambert Airport's Concourse A

Travelers at the newly-rehabbed Concourse A on December 20, 2011.
Rachel Lippmann St. Louis Public Radio

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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Thanksgiving Travel
1:28 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Airport officials: travel though Lambert going smoothly so far

Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
1:37 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Man gets 8 years in prison for false Lambert Airport bomb threat

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
(via Flickr/dbking)

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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