COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Visitors to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on June 23 will get a glimpse of a 1,000 year old sacred celebration of the summer solstice at "Woodhenge."
Woodhenge is an arrangement of posts standing in line with sunrise on the longest day of the year June 21; the shortest day, in December, and the spring and fall equinoxes, when day and night are the same length.
These were sacred days to residents of Cahokia Mounds, when it was the largest city north of Mexico.
Visitors to the site should arrive by 5:20 a.m. to hear an archaeologist explain the monument's discovery and function.
The Collinsville site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
More information can be found at the Cahokia Mounds website.
There's new hope for a long-vacant, landmark building in downtown St. Louis. A Minneapolis developer has bought the St. Louis Arcade Wright building at Eighth and Olive Streets.
Dominium Developments paid $9 million dollars for the building, and plans to spend another $100 million to turn the 18 story structure into a retail and residential center. The plan calls for about 250 apartments and three floors of retail.
City officials are working with Dominium to finance the renovations.
Work is expected to begin in December.
This is the second proposal to revitalize the landmark building. Six years ago a similar plan failed when the developer went belly-up.
Transit workers in St. Louis appear poised to walk off the job as members of Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union continue a strike authorization vote Tuesday. The union represents public transportation workers and any job action could effect Metrobus and Metrolink service.
Nearly 600 of the 1,500 members cast ballots on Monday. Bus drivers, mechanics, Metrolink operators and clerical staff have all been working without a contract for two and a half years.
Local 788 President Mike Breihan says he hopes it doesn't come down to a work stoppage. "You know we really don't want to hurt the public," Breihan said. "The people out here that ride the bus, they're like our family. And you know we don't want to hurt any of them, but we're going to have to do whatever we can do to protect our own."
"This vote was just strictly to show that we are united and we're ready to move forward if we have to, to do whatever we need to do to get a contract," Breihan said. "You know we're not trying to rob the bank. All we're trying to do is make a decent living for our members and our families."
Breihan says no action will be taken until after a mediator, who is reviewing information submitted by both the Union and Metro, issues an opinion at the end of the month.
Budding movie stars in the Gateway City area could soon get their big break. A casting call has been issued for experienced and non-experienced actors in the St. Louis area. The movie "Cronies" focuses on a day in the life of a 22 year old man living in St. Louis, according to a release. There are roles for men, women, and children.
The film is partially funded through grants from the Spike Lee Production Fund and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
More information about the film, the roles and auditioning can be found at CroniesTheMovie.com.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has received a federal grant to test a new type of road treatment intended to keep cars from slipping off highways when it rains or snows.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will apply the "high friction surface treatment" to a pair of curves on U.S. 54 and Missouri 179 in Jefferson City.
If the agency has enough money, it may also apply the treatment at two sites on Interstate 44 near Rolla.
Missouri received $150,000 for the project from the Federal Highway Administration. A total of 13 states and the District of Columbia received money through the grant program that encourages innovative technologies on roads and bridges.
The release of a small amount of a toxic gas led the fire department's hazardous management team to suit up earlier today.
St. Louis city police and fire crews responded to a late morning call to a building at McPherson and Skinker which is in the process of demolition.
Deputy Fire Chief Mike Harris explains how some anhydrous ammonia was released. "There was an old refrigeration unit in the basement and likely there was residual anhydrous and either it was heated with his cutting or just trapped and released," said Harris.
Harris says anhydrous ammonia is lighter than air and in small amounts like this, dissipates quickly. No gas escaped the building. He says every precaution is used on each of these calls. regardless of the extent. All crews worked in Hazmet suits today with two hazardous management vehicles on site.
There were no injuries.
Kratz Elementary School in the Riteneour School District is closed due to the power outage in St. Ann.
Riverview Gardens summer school classes have been cancelled for Monday, June 3rd. The closure is due to storm damage and power outages to the districts four schools hosting summer school.
The St. Louis Archdioceses School, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson, Mo. will also be closed on Monday, due to the lack of power from Friday’s storm.
The Ferguson-Florissant school district is making changes to its summer programs, due to Friday’s storm damage to buildings and power outages.
Monday’s summer classes at McCluer High School and Johnson-Wabash Elementary School have been cancelled. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 4th at the following locations: Johnson-Wabash Elementary summer school will be held at Duchesne Elementary School, located at 100 South New Florissant Road. McCluer High summer school will be relocated to McCluer North at 705 North Waterford Drive. The districts other summer program, Adventure Camp; is being moved to Combs Elementary School located at 300 St. Jean Street in Florissant, effective Monday, June 3rd.
While tornado cleanup continues in some parts of the St. Louis metro area, sandbagging is underway in other parts. The Great River Road is closed between Alton and Graffton because it's under water.
Water surrounds the Con Agra plant off Highway 100 in Alton and the Alton Belle Casino has closed for the first time because of flooding along the Mississippi. The river is expected to crest in Alton on Tuesday at 36 feet -- that's within a foot of the historic flood of 1973.
Alton isn't the only community affected by high rivers. The National Weather Service says the river should crest today 11 feet above flood stage at Grafton.
MoDOT has closed Highway 94 between West Alton and Highway 67 in northern St. Charles County. The highway is also closed between Augusta, Mo. and Defiance, Mo. in St. Charles County.
Centaur Road is closed behind Spirit of St. Louis Airport at Chesterfield Valley due to the rising Missouri River.
Highway 67 is closed in Herculaneum due to flooding.
Singer Justin Timberlake's first tour in six years will bring him to St. Louis November 19th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m.at www.LiveNation.com.
Tickets are $45, $90 and $175 for Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour" at Scottrade Center. Aside from livenation.com, fans can get tickets through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, at the box office and by calling 800-745-3000.
Several dates on the tour have already sold out; the tour begins Oct. 31.
Timberlake's next album will be released Sept. 30.
City leaders were together to announce the start of a drive to collect donations headed to Moore, Oklahoma.
The campaign started out on Twitter with the hashtag #STL4OKC. The project has an ambition goal of filling a semi-truck by Saturday morning.
Donations can be dropped off Thursday from 4 PM - 10:30 PM across the street from Gate One at Busch Stadium. On Friday and Saturday, there are two donation sites. One in the Loughborough Commons and the other in the Kirkwood Commons. Organizers are asking for new and prepacked supplies that range from baby wipes and sunscreen, to blankets and batteries.
Drop-off times and locations:
Thursday, May 23rd 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Broadway & Spruce across from Gate One at Busch Stadium (Tums Parking Lot)
Friday, May 24th 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
I-55 & Loughborough
I-44 & Lindbergh
·Baby Items – Diapers, wipes, formula, Pedialyte or equivalent
·Personal needs - lip balm, Insect repellant, bathroom tissue, feminine hygiene products, sunscreen, eye drops, first aid supplies, wet wipes, toiletries
·Cleaning supplies – bleach, disinfectant, paper towels
·Building and packing materials –small hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, nails, crow bars, saws, screws, work gloves, plywood, Duct tape, heavy duty garbage bags, storage containers, nylon rope, large plastic containers tarps
·Pet supplies – food, kitty litter, pet bowls
·Children shoes, socks, underwear, clothes, sports equipment (balls)
·Batteries (C and D sizes)