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Vessel Strike Caused Barges To Break Loose, Then Sink Near Cape Girardeau

Mar 26, 2013
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The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that 13 coal barges became dislodged from their tow vessel near Cape Girardeau on Sunday morning, three of which partially sank into the Mississippi. So, what happened?

Most of the 25 barges were soon accounted for after the vessel struck an object around 10:30 a.m. At this time, it is still not clear what that object was.

The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau was closed for a little more than one hour as a precaution, but it was not struck.

(Mo. Senate website)

The Missouri Gaming Commission is looking for a new chairman.

Jim Mathewson (D) announced today he’s stepping down, one month after his three-year term officially expired.  He was appointed chairman by Governor Jay Nixon (D) in 2009, but chose not to serve a second term in order to spend more time with his family.  During his tenure, Mathewson oversaw the bidding process for the state’s 13th casino license, which eventually went to developers in Cape Girardeau.

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(The location of the Sunswept Apartment Complex in St. Louis via Google Maps. Explore the map to see the surrounding area).

Good morning! Here are some of today's morning headlines:

  • Sixteen residents have been ordered to vacate an apartment complex in North St. Louis County, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis county inspectors began investigating Sunswept Apartments earlier this month after police, firefighters and residents alerted them to violations. Search warrants were obtained Monday after property management refused to allow inspectors to look at parts of the complex. Inspectors uncovered multiple code violations including black mold, gas leaks, burst water pipes, faulty electrical wiring and raw sewage in a basement. The Post-Dispatch reports that real estate records show the building is owned by Shore to Shore Properties in Sausalito, Calif. They did not return calls for comment.
  • A Missouri agency is withdrawing $2 million in aid for a southeast Missouri development project led by a man who is on probation after pleading guilty to passing bad checks. The Department of Economic Development says the agency determined that statements were falsified on a grant application for the parent company of a firm planning to manage a health care cooperative in Cape Girardeau. The application requires certification that no one with an ownership interest is on probation.
  • A Grafton ferry service linking southwestern Illinois' Jersey County to Missouri's St. Charles County is closing after eight years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ferry's owners have sold their boats and docks to the Calhoun Ferry Co., which operates the Golden Eagle and Winfield ferries. Tom Foster, one of the pilots of the Grafton ferry says the ferry is closing due to silt problems that prevented it from taking a direct route across the Mississippi river. He said the owners had tried for more than a year to get federal help to dredge a chute between Mason Island 526 which has been choked with silt for the past two years.

Isle of Capri Casino

The Missouri Gaming Commission has selected Cape Girardeau as the new site for the state's 13th casino license.

Commissioner Jim Mathewson said that Cape Girardeau "made a good presentation" and "had lots of support from the community."

Mathewson also cited "oversaturation of the market" when asked why St. Louis was not awarded the license.

(Updates have been made to this story below)