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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The onset of cold weather means that volunteers with Winter Outreach in St. Louis have sprung into action.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the grassroots organization offers eight temporary shelters with a combined 100 beds or so to help the homeless when the temperatures turn cold.

Volunteers drive and walk around the city and St. Louis County, seeking out those in need of shelter. The organization also shuttles people to shelters from the Bridge, a feeding program at Centenary United Methodist Church downtown.

The Housing Resource Center in St. Louis said that 14,155 people requested shelter through the city and St. Louis County through the end of November, but nearly three-fourths of them were unable to be referred to an open space.

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Join KTRS and The United States Marines at the Nestle-Purina Toy Drive at the Chesterfield Mall.  Bring a new unwrapped toy for a local needy child.  Choirs, Fredbird, and The Big 550 KTRS show hosts will all be there.  Bring a toy and while your there register to win the "American Girl Doll of the Year".  It all takes place Friday December 13th from 9am-6pm.  Hope to see you there.

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Good news if you can't wait for baseball to return.

The Cardinals have put ticket packs on sale for the 2014 season. Single-game all-inclusive tickets are available for several areas in the stadium. Complimentary food and beverages are included in the price of each All-Inclusive ticket, which start at $50 each. There are also five-game and ten-game ticket packets available.

Tickets can be purchased at the Cardinals website or by calling 314-345-9000.

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Lambert Airport announced a plan to make the facility more family-friendly.

Airport officials announced a partnership with The Magic House. They are building a 1,500 square-foot indoor playground in Concourse C. The playground will open in late May. Lambert officials say children will be able to pretend they are flying a plane or work in a control tower, among other activities.

The playground will be funded through donations.

 

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   St. Louis is bracing for the first winter storm of the season.  Snow shovels and rock salt are hot items at local hardware stores.  Shoppers are also hitting the milk, egg and bread aisles at local grocery stores.  

   Ameren has opend it's Missouri's Emergency Operations Center to prepare for severe weather that is expected to affect the bi-state area.  Ameren employees who respond to outages have been asked to come to work on Thursday with their bags packed.  As the weather develops, Ameren officials say crews will be deployed to the hardest hit areas. 

   Crews from MoDOT, IDOT and local governments are already working to keep area roadways safe.  St. Louis Streets director Todd Waelterman told Fox 2 News that city crews began Wednesday night pre-treating streets with 70,000 gallons of brine.
 
   "Now, we're going to get a big bang out of our pre-treat," Waelterman said.  "So when this does start coming down during the evening rush, we should be ahead of it."
 
   The National Weather Service is predicting one to four inches of snowfall in the city of St. Louis by Friday evening.
 
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   The Edwardsville School District will be building an aquatic center with an Olympic-sized swimming pool at its sports complex thanks to a four-million dollar donation from the Charles and Sharon Fruit Foundation.  The center will be named the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in honor of the late Chuck Fruit, a 1965 Edwardsville High School graduate.  

   The EGHM Foundation, a local business group that raises money for district projects, will fund the remaining $1.3 million needed for the project. 

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Keeping citizens safe and their property secure are the top priorities for the St. Louis County Police, so the department has announced that it's annual Holiday Enforcement/Crime Prevention Program in underway.

The County Police Department will have both uniformed and undercover officers working in and around shopping centers.

The Metro Air Support Unit will also continue patrolling commercial parking lots and shopping centers. Officers of the St. Louis County Police Department’s Highway Safety Unit will be working additional patrols throughout the holidays, emphasizing DWI enforcement.

Chief Tim Fitch stated, "We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. In addition to each precinct implementing specific strategies for their area, officers from our Division of Special Operations, such as the Highway Safety Unit, will also be highly visible. Remember, keep your eyes and ears open and immediately call the police if you see suspicious activity. Prevention is the key, and if we all pitch in and work together, I know we can be successful."

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   The Confluence Preparatory Academy in downtown St. Louis will be closed Tuesday because of a plumbing problem.  Confluence officials expect repairs to be completed in time for school Wednesday.

   All other confluence charter schools will be in session.

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Come join KTRS and over 50 vendors at Busch Stadium on Nov. 17, from 11-3 pm for The Baby Boomer Expo.  Healthcare, travel, finance, and home remodeling professionals will be there to answer your questions.  While you're there take your picture with the World Series trophy and register to win one of several great prizes including Cardinal tickets for next year.  It's free and open to the public!!!

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   A second lawsuit has been filed challenging the legitimacy of the pending Loop Trolley project.

   The first, filed last week in federal court, alleges the 2007 vote to set up the special taxing district to support the trolley violated the constitution because it allowed property owners multiple votes based on the acreage they own.   University City Council member Elsie Glickert is one of four plaintiffs in that lawsuit.  

   Now Glickert has filed a separate lawsuit in state court.  The new suit claims University City violated Sunshine Laws when a meeting agenda failed to specify the details of a permit change up for a vote in March.  

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