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Morning headlines: Monday, October 10, 2011

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The St. Louis Cardinals lost game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Cardinals lose Game 1 of NLCS

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder powered the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday in Game 1 of the NL championship series. It was the first postseason matchup for the teams since the 1982 World Series. The Milwaukee power duo each homered and Braun finished with four RBIs. The Cardinals got a three-run  home run from David Freese. The Cardinals have added pitchers Kyle McClellan and Lance Lynn to their NLCS roster. To make room, the team removed Jake Westbrook and Skip Schumaker from the roster. Lynn had been out since early August because of a strained oblique. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight.

Mississippi River bridge project hits milestone

The new Mississippi River Bridge project in St. Louis hits another milestone this week. Officials will cut the ribbon Friday on a newly completed approach to the bridge from Interstate 70. The project is on track to be completed in early 2014 but away from the bridge itself there has been a lot of work done already around I-70. City traffic director Todd Waelterman says while all of the closings and detours have been a challenge, the project is moving along well.

"It's been a coordinated effort. It's been weeks and weeks of planning for each closure and it's just a great partnership betweenMoDot and the city, especially during these closures of the interstate to be able to run these heavy volumes through the city streets," Waelterman said.

As of this morning, MoDOT is closing the 10th St. exit off of eastbound I-70 for good to make way for an approach to the new bridge.

Former East St. Louis Police chief claims mayor interfered with efforts to lead

The man who abruptly quit his job as a East St. Louis' police chief says he had little recourse because the mayor of the struggling city kept interfering with his efforts to lead. Two days after resigning, pastor Ranadore Foggs told a church congregation Sunday that Mayor Alvin Parks kept interfering despite the city's challenges. Foggs says he feels he didn't have the support he needed to keep on with the job. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  quotes him as saying "if you stay in some stuff too long, you'll get it all over you." Parks disagrees with Foggs' claims that the city didn't allow him to lead, saying leaders encouraged and supported his every effort. There's no word yet on who may succeed Foggs.

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