St. Louis

Flash flooding
4:49 pm
Sun June 26, 2011

Torrential rain collapses sewer line, leads to condemnations

A collapsed 10 foot by 15 foot sewer line did serious damage to eastbound Interstate 70 at Shreve.
(Photo courtesy of MoDOT)

Updated 9:30 p.m. with additional lane closures:

The Missouri Department of Transportation now says they will have to close the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 at Shreve during Monday morning rush  hour to repair a collapsed sewer line. That will leave one lane open between Shreve and West Florissant. MoDOT officials are strongly urging people to avoid the area.

Our earlier story:

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St. Louis Budget
4:37 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

St. Louis city budget approved by aldermen

St. Louis City Hall.
(via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

EMS billing will be outsourced, and overtime for firefighters and jail guards has been cut under a budget approved Friday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

The money the city hopes to save by outsourcing helped aldermen restore funds for bulk trash pick-up, crime prevention and building demolition.

But it was $500,000 that wasn't restored to the Affordable Housing Commission that drew the lone no vote from Alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett.

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NASA
12:06 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Missing moon dust returned to NASA from St. Louis

(via Flickr/makelessnoise)

Houston now has one fewer problem to worry about.

Moon dust apparently smuggled years ago from Johnson Space Center is now back in Houston - from St. Louis.

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Missouri River Flooding
3:59 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Extent of Missouri River flooding near St. Louis to depend on summer rainfall

(National Weather Service map/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Above: A National Weather Service map of projected flooding along the lower Missouri River, based on an average amount of summer rain, falling in a concentrated time period. This map assumes a river elevation of 37 feet at St. Charles, three feet below the 1993 record. Flood stage at St. Charles is 25 feet. Click here to see a larger version of the map.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers says we can expect only minor flooding along the lower Missouri River if we get average rainfall through August - but, a stormy summer could change all that.

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St. Louis City redistricting
1:36 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

St. Louis Board of Aldermen takes first step in city ward redistricting

City aldermen, including Craig Schmid, Shane Cohn, and Marlene Davis, survey the proposed new wards in the city of St. Louis. The map cleared its first hurdle on Thursday, getting unanimous committee approval.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A unanimous vote today by the legislation committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen kicked off the public part of the city's redistricting process.

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Economy
5:11 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

St. Louis to provide employment services for homeless veterans

St. Louis City Hall
via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

The City of St. Louis has received $600,000 to provide homeless veterans with services.

The money will be split between the St. Patrick Center, which offers housing services, and Employment Connection which provides job training skills.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says that as approximately 12 percent of the city’s homeless are veterans.

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Girl Shot on Playground
12:31 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Girl shot on playground in St. Louis dies, man charged with murder

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Updated at 3:19 p.m. June 8 to add information about murder charge

Previously we told you about a shooting just southwest of downtown St. Louis that left a seven-year-old girl in critical condition.

Sadly, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting has taken a fatal turn.

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Heat Advisory
3:04 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Heat-related hospital visits, EMS runs begin during advisory

(via Flickr/List)

A heat advisory is in effect in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area until 7 p.m. on Wednesday (June 8), but medical emergencies associated with the heat have already begun.

The St. Louis City Department of Health said that, as of Monday afternoon, there have been 12 heat-related EMS runs and eight heat-related hospital reports in St. Louis since Saturday (June 4).

St. Louis County also said that 17 people were treated for heat exhaustion over the weekend.

Missouri Unclaimed Property
10:36 am
Mon June 6, 2011

State of Mo. returns $1.4M in unclaimed property to local employer

An extreme closeup of U.S. currency.
(via Flickr/kevindooley)

The Missouri treasurer's office has returned $1.4 million in unclaimed property to a St. Louis area employer.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel said the returned money is the second largest amount his office has returned from unclaimed property. He did not identify the employer.

The $1.4 million account was made up of more than 260 individual securities accounts. The largest single amount, $1.6 million, was returned in January 2010 to a person in the St. Louis area.

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Urban Gardening
10:01 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Urban gardening making its way into St. Louis schools

This is the third year for the Shining Rivers' edible garden. It's grown so much that now community members can purchase produce from the garden.
(Ettie Berneking/St. Louis Public Radio)

Urban gardening has found a stronghold in backyard and community plots and now, with some help from one organization, urban gardening is making its move into St. Louis schools.

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