Lambert Airport

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If you find yourself picking up friends family or co-workers from Lambert-St. Louis International airport frequently, starting Monday you'll have a new place to spend those last few minutes before you're reunited with your jet-setting associates.

A new cellphone lot will open Monday at the airport. Motorists can park for free in the lot while waiting for incoming flight passengers to land.

Lambert already has one cellphone lot, but the new parking place is in response to what airport officials call a "positive trend" for the airport.

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Former NBA player Darius Miles has been arrested after security officers found him carrying a loaded gun at
Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

Transportation Security Administration workers discovered the gun in X-ray screening Wednesday afternoon.

Ginna Jones, a bonding specialist at the St. Louis County jail, says Miles was booked then released Wednesday. No charges have been filed.

Miles' phone number is not listed and his attorney did not respond to messages.

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Lambert -St. Louis International Airport is seeing an increase in passengers for the third straight month.

In June, the airport experienced a 4.4 percent increase in the number of departing passengers, which matches the numbers from a year ago.

Airport spokesman Jeff Lea says the airport is recovering from tough economic times in 2009 and 2010.

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A letter from Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon circulated around Twitter this afternoon, and hosted on the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's website, states that Nixon will be leading a Missouri delegation to China "later this year."

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nixon's office has confirmed that the trip is in the works.

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Travelers using Lambert Airport will see some new renovation disruptions beginning next week.

Airport officials say a major phase of its renovation plan will impact Concourse B and Concourse D checkpoint areas, meaning detours for arriving and departing passengers. Construction walls will be erected around the checkpoint throughout the final two weeks of July, as well as in the atrium above in the ticketing area.

You can see the latest updates to the airport's renovation plan here.


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The cost to repair tornado damage at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport could reach as much as $30 million.

Airport officials said Wednesday they've received estimates of $25 million to $30 million to restore Terminal 1 and Concourse C following the April 22 tornado.

The airport said it expects the total bill to be even higher, when its insurance company finishes calculating costs for the interruption of business, lost revenues and emergency repairs that were made.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport announced today that the branch of the United States Postal Service there will close.

The branch, currently housed in Terminal 1 of the airport, will be open for customers to buy stamps and mail packages until June 30. After that, only a first-class mail drop box will be serviced by the Postal Service at the airport.

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Mo. Officials Preparing for More Flooding

Mother Nature is challenging Missourians again. With flooding likely along the Missouri River, Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials are heading to St. Joseph today to discuss preparations.

Seasonal flooding along the Missouri is being worsened this year as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases historic amounts of water from upstream dams in the Dakotas. Officials in northwestern Missouri's Atchison and Holt counties have already put residents in flood-prone areas on alert to evacuate as needed.

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Lambert Airport officials say it could take up to a year to repair all of the damage inflicted by the Good Friday tornado. The twister blew out windows and tore part of the roof off of the C Concourse. The concourse has been closed off since the night of the tornado, with gates and waiting areas moved to the D Concourse, which had been closed previously.

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Corps of Engineers to Decide on Breach of Missouri Levee

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Cleanup operations are ongoing in St. Louis as the region recovers from the worst tornado in over 40 years.

Lambert St. Louis Airport will be back up to 100 percent capacity by tomorrow.

Airport officials have relocated American airlines into the unused D Concourse.  This is after hundreds of windows were blown out and severe damage to the roof of the C Concourse.

Zero deaths and only minor injuries were reported.

In the nearby town of Ferguson,  Peter Menke owns one of nearly 800 homes that have been condemned because of storm damage.

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Opening Statements Begin Today in Christopher Coleman Trial

Area residents started to line-up early this morning outside the Monroe County courthouse to watch the start of the case. The crime took place nearly 2 years ago. Prosecutors allege that Coleman, who once handled security for the Joyce Meyer Ministries, killed his wife Sheri and their sons Garrett and Gavin to be with a mistress. That woman, Tara Lintz, has been ordered to testify and a deposition from Joyce Meyer will also be part of the prosecutor's case.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has released information to help those recovering avoid a "storm chasers" scam

Metro Transit is providing access to public transit to St. Louis County residents whose vehicles are buried under debris.  Metro Transit travels the affected communities and will help tornado victims get  to where they need to go via MetroBus and MetroLink. For more information, see this link.

To report power outages to Ameren, call 1-800-552-7583 (and you can see current listings of power outages).

Red Cross shelter and assistance information (Update: Maryland Heights shelter closing, supplies still available in Dellwood).

American Red Cross will be offering clean-up items from a fixed location at the Dellwood Recreation Center. See this link for more information.

Catholic Charities is accepting donations and providing assistance as well: call 314-367-5500

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626. 

People in St. Louis County who need assistance or want to volunteer can call 314-615-5000.

Lambert Airport list of airlines with contact information

From Mayor Slay via Twitter: For city residents, use @stlsb to report storm damage in your neighborhood.


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After easily passing the House last week, a Missouri Senate committee is now considering a bill designed to make Lambert Airport an international air cargo hub.

The so-called Aerotropolis bill would provide around $480 million in tax credits to companies that develop air cargo facilities at or near Lambert.  Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge told the committee that the bill is about more than just doing business with China.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging driver to take it slow and be careful if they must travel this Christmas night.

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In a blog post on the busiest travel day of the year last year, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay made it clear he wanted to make Lambert Airport smoke-free.

That goal is now policy.

The mayor's office announced Monday that starting January 2, passengers at Lambert who want to smoke will have to step outside. The airport's smoking lounges will no longer be available.