The Blue Angels are coming to St. Louis next year as part of Navy Week.
The Gateway City will host one of six Navy Weeks in 2014. The events ring from April 28 to May 4, 2014. Among the planned events, an air show with the Blue Angels--who are returning to St. Louis for the first time since 2010-- a demonstration by the Leap Frogs--the Navy Parachute team, and visits to several area schools.
Navy Week is a community outreach program for cities without a significant Navy presence. Other cities selected to host a 2014 Navy Week include Dallas/Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Neb., Mobile, Ala. and Baltimore.
- "Blue Angels," The Navy Flight Demonstration Team
- "Leap Frogs," The Navy Parachute Team
- Navy Divers and or Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams
- Sailors from USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world
- Navy Band musical performances
- Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
- Navy simulator(s) and other interactive displays
- Visits to area schools
- Community service projects and events with local sports franchises
- Visits with local veterans
St. Charles County drivers can expect delays this week near Mid Rivers Mall.
The bridge carrying Mid Rivers Mall Bridge over Interstate 70 closed at 11:00 p.m. Monday for paving operations. Missouri Transportation officials say it will be closed until Wednesday evening.
The work is part of the diverging diamond interchange being built to ease congestion at I-70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive.
MoDOT officials say more road closures are planned for the last week of October.
MoDOT will close Washington Avenue between Memorial Drive and Second Street after rush hour Monday morning. Transportation officials say the road will be closed for a month.
It's part of the "Park Over the Highway" project that will put a lid over the I-70 depressed section and connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis.
Crews will continue to work around the King Bridge, interstate ramps and surface streets in the area for the rest of the year as the CityArchRiver 2015 project progresses.
Drivers in Madison County should allow extra time for their travels Saturday if they use Interstate 270.
Starting at 5:30 AM, all westbound lanes of I-270 will be closed between Interstate 55/70 and Illinois Rte. 157. Crews will be replacing a damaged beam in the Meridian Road Bridge.
A detour is marked directing drivers to use I-55/70 west to I-255 north.
Transportation officials say the interstate should reopen by 9 PM Saturday.
Both man and beast will benefit from a busy fundraising weekend in St. Louis.
Thousands turned out at Forest Park for the 19th annual JDRF Walk to cure diabetes. Officials estimate about 25,000 people took part in yesterday's walk which raised money for people living with type-one diabetes.
Soldier's memorial was the starting place for the fourth annual "Pedal the Cause" fundraiser. The cycling event raises money for cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. In the first three years, the event has raised more than four million dollars for cancer research.
And the Animal Protective Association of Missouri hosted its 23rd annual Canine Carnival Sunday at Tilles Park. Dogs and their owners participated in agility contests, a cheese ball toss, and a celebrity-judged "ugliest" dog contest. The Canine Carnival is the APA's biggest event of the year.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Zoo officials are celebrating a first - the birth of a baby Rhinoceros Hornbill.
The yellow-beaked bird actually hatched July 13 but has remained in its nest. The species is near the threatened list and is native to Indonesia, Asia and Thailand. The birth was a first for the breed at the zoo in Forest Park.
The birds eventually reach about 3 feet tall and weigh up to 7 pounds. The chick has not yet come out of its hollow but visitors can see it sticking its beak out for food.
With their first Central Division title since 2009, and the best record in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have home field advantage when the National League Division Series starts Thursday. The Cardinals will take on familiar rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium.
Fans are expected to flock to downtown St. Louis for a pregame pep rally on the Ballpark Village parking lot. That gets underway at 1:00 p.m. The rally will feature appearances by former Cardinal pitcher Andy Benes, Fredbird, the Budweiser Clydesdales and the 2011 World Series Trophy.
The Busch Stadium gates open at 2:00 p.m. And the game gets underway about 4:00.
This is the team's tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000.
If it smells like someone's cooking up something good, they just might be. Chefs all over the metro area are getting ready for this weekend's Taste of St. Louis.
This year's event will feature 46 restaurants, bakeries and caterers offering dishes for $2 to $7 each.
Besides edible offerings, the event features a Culinary show, musical performances and a hot sauce showcase. More than 400-thousand people turned out for last year's Taste.
This year's event kicks off at Soldier's Memorial in downtown St. Louis Friday at 4:00 p.m. and runs through Sunday.
Information about festival hours, parking, featured restaurants and special presentations can be found on the TasteSTL website.
A boutique hotel, a research center, and maybe even an indoor rainforest are among the additions envisioned when the St. Louis Zoo expands south of I-64/US-40.
Zoo officials will present a plan for the southern campus today. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the plan is considered a guiding "framework" for the 14 acre site of the shuttered Forest Park Hospital, and for the zoo's future.
The expansion would also allow the zoo to expand animal exhibits on its current grounds. That could included a bigger children's zoo area and added features like a subarctic habitat. A gondola high over the interstate could link the two campuses.
The paper reports that design and construction would be broken into multiple stages, stretching over the next 20 to 30 years.
The plan is to break the expansion into several specific projects, with money-raising campaigns for each.
They're charming, and rough on feet and car suspensions. But thanks to block grants and federal stimulus dollars, the cobbled streets of Laclede's Landing are getting a facelift.
John Clark, president of the Laclede Landing Community Improvement District spoke with Fox 2 News about the project that he says is long overdue. "Everybody that's ever been down here knows it's a mess," Clark said. He called the uneven pavers "a tripping hazard and hard on the shocks on your car."
The cobblestones aren't going away. They'll be dug up and relayed on top of a new base, making for a smoother road, with better drainage. Clark says that new base will be a big improvement over what engineers say is currently under the streets. "They found everything from railroad ties, to broken bottles, to cinders, to coal, and so, with that, that's the reason the cobblestones have become so uneven," he said.
Additional sidewalk and curb improvements will bring the Landing into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"It's going to be a straight shot from doorstep on one side of the street to doorstep on the other side of the street." Clark said, "It will have much more the feel of a promenade, than a street and sidewalk."
The Landing District will pay 20 percent of the project's $1.4 million cost. Clark calls that an investment in the Landing's future.