A mattress on Interstate 44 is being blamed for a fatal accident that tangled up traffic for hours Saturday morning. The driver of a pickup truck is dead after his vehicle struck an unoccupied police car on I-44 and burst into flames. The crash happened around 10:05am near the Vandeventer exit. The police vehicle was there to prevent oncoming traffic from hitting the mattress. However, the pickup slammed into the back of the police car and swerved into an eastbound tractor-trailer. The pickup driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
A nuclear power plant near Fulton has shut down after a small fire in the turbine building. Ameren Missouri says in a news release that crews quickly distinguished the Friday night fire at the Callaway Energy Center. The utility stressed that no one was injured and that the public wasn't threatened. The Callaway Energy Center typically generates about 20 percent of the electricity supplied to Ameren Missouri's 1.2 million customers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two troubled St. Louis-area school district could pay a combined $23 million to cover tuition and transportation costs for students opting to attend accredited districts.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/11iSOkf ) reports that nearly 1,700 students in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts have applied to transfer. That follows a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring unaccredited districts to pick up those costs for students who want to attend better schools.
The home districts must cover the tuition costs, and must pay for transportation to at least one school district.
The potential financial cost is a huge challenge for the two districts that are already facing budget problems.
About 16 percent of students in both districts have expressed interest in transferring.