Attendees this year will have access to a new warning system in the event of severe weather. Fair officials and the State Highway Patrol are offering the service, which will provide text messages to fairgoers if there’s a severe weather warning or other emergency situation. Marketing Director Tammie Nichols says it’s being provided, in part, because of last year’s severe storm that knocked out power and forced the fair to shut down for several hours.
A ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals is a mixed bag for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
The decision today is the latest in a series of rulings on a storm water "user charge" the agency implemented in 2007. The charge was based on the impervious area of a property, and replaced a system of a flat tax that could be enhanced by additional taxes in 21 sub-districts.
The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Francois County in southeast Missouri and southeastern Washington County in east central Missouri. The warning is in effect until 5:15 a.m CST.
The storm is capable of producing quarter size hail.
Nixon said Wednesday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for parts of southern and northern Missouri struck by tornadoes, hail and high winds on Feb. 28 and 29. The weather was blamed for three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread property damage.