St Louis area girl scouts set a new Guinness World Record for collecting more than 1.4 million personal care items last year.
The scouts teamed with 30 Walmart stores in the first ever “Showering the Community” event last year and is part of their April Showers program.
Donna Martin with the Eastern District of the Greater St. Louis area Girl Scouts says they're doing the same this year at area Walmart's on April 12th-14th. Martin says, ""We had nearly 18,000 girls and 14,000adult volunteers working on this last year and we hope to exceed that this year. Not because it's a record but because we fulfill a need in our community."
If you'd like to donate to this year's campaign, you have until April 20 to fill the bags with items printed on the outside.
You can also buy pre-packaged bags from Schnuck’s and Dierberg’s stores. Drop off boxes are provided at the stores.
Those who are unable to participate or who forget to donate during the week of the event may drop off items at any Dierberg’s market from April 20 to May 4.
You may also call 1.800.727.4475, ext. 4601 to arrange pickups.
Metro will be giving some passengers free rides under a federal class action settlement agreement. The transit agency was sued over MetroLink credit and debit card receipts that violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.
Under the law, merchants can print up to the last five digits of a customer's credit or debit card number or the card's expiration date on their receipt, but not both. Between January 2010 and August 2011, Metro had been printing both.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that people who used credit or debit cards to buy tickets during the 20 month period can make claims by July 3 for free ride passes or tickets. Those who still have their receipts could get $30 cash instead.
While the interstate is closed, crews will relocate several utilities under the roadway as part of a project to construct a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and replace four bridges over the interstate. The ramps from McCausland/Skinker, Hampton and Kingshighway to eastbound I-64 will be closed during this time. In addition, the ramps from Pine, Jefferson, Market and Grand to westbound I-64 will be closed during this time.
Crews will reopen the interstate and all ramps by 3 a.m. Monday, April 1.
The detour for westbound I-64 will be to get off the interstate at the Forest Park Avenue exit (exit 38A) and follow Forest Park Avenue to Kingshighway. After turning left onto Kingshighway, drivers will follow Kingshighway back to the interstate. The detour for eastbound I-64 will be to get off the interstate at the Hampton Avenue exit (exit 34B), turn right on Hampton and follow it to eastbound Interstate 44. Drivers can then take I-44 to the Poplar Street Bridge. Detour maps are available on-line at http://tinyurl.com/i64detour0113
Washington University in St. Louis and BJC HealthCare have partnered with the department on the project. Construction is expected to continue until July 2014.
Colbert will interview Clinton on April 6 at Washington University. The appearance is the closing session of the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting. Clinton started the program five years ago as a way to engage the next generation of leaders from around the word.
The interview will air during the Colbert Report during the week of April 8.
The official snow total at Lambert Airport was 12.4 inches, beating the old record by three-tenths of an inch, and snow is still falling this morning.
That old record of 12.1 inches dates back to March 24, 1912.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that bids came in more than $1.6 million over expectations. Now, the move will be delayed until early next year — nearly a year later than the original estimate.
The department received seven bids this month. The lowest was $6.3 million to retrofit a former Wells Fargo office building at 1915 Olive St. The department was expecting a cost of about $4.7 million.
Chief Sam Dotson says the awarding of a contract is on hold while officials ensure that the low bidder meets minority participation requirements.
The department's current headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. dates to 1927 and needs extensive renovation.
The county reassesses property values during odd-numbered years. The last full assessment was in 2011, when residential values slid four percent. STL County reassessment lowers property values On Monday, County Assessor Jake Zimmerman released some preliminary reassessment figures that indicate that the slide has continued. The figures show median home values have dropped another seven percent since 2011 - with homes in high-foreclosure areas losing 12 percent of their value or more.
Home values rose in only one school district -- Clayton, with declines ranging from 0.2 percent in Kirkwood to 24 percent in Riverview Gardens. STL County reassessment lowers property values Commercial property values appear flat across most of the county.
Plans call for the streetcars to run down Delmar to DeBalivier, then south to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.
The project is expected to cost around $40 million, with $25 million coming from a federal grant.
The trolley should be up and running by late summer of 2014.
The plan is to add another lane to southbound Interstate 270 between Manchester Road and Interstate 44.
Starting March 18 and continuing through April, crews will begin closing all lanes twice a day for 15 minutes at a time, while they blast to make room for the new lane.
This is similar to work that was done to add a lane on northbound 270 last summer.
District Engineer Ed Hassinger tells KTRS News, that addition has subtracted time from drivers' morning commutes, "The traffic volumes have increased and the speeds on northbound 270 have gone up anywhere from 10-15 miles an hour during the worst time, during rush hour."
The new lane on southboun 270 should be open by December.