ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri University of Science and Technology is expecting a record enrollment this fall.
The Rolla Daily News reports that Missouri S&T officials estimate the total fall enrollment at about 7,900, which would break the record of just under 7,800 set in fall 1982.
The university also says the number of its first-time freshmen is expected to be 1,225, which would be the fourth-largest freshman class in Missouri S&T's history.
Classes begin Monday at the school in Rolla.
Saint Louis University officials now have a timeline to move forward replacing President Lawrence Biondi. He announced today that he will retire September 1.
On May 4 Biondi told students and faculty he intended to retire, but today's announcement is the first time he has give a specific date for the move. In a statement from Biondi, he says “Just as I helped lead SLU’s transformation when I arrived here more than 25 years ago, I know it is now time for the next transformation to begin.”
Biondi is one of the longest serving presidents at an American Jesuit college or university.
The westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge is opening just in time.
Officials in St. Charles expect 300,000 visitors to the Festival of the Little Hills this weekend. Festival kicks off at 4 this afternoon and runs until 10 PM. The celebration and activities continue on Saturday and Sunday. This is the 44th year for the event.
Booths take over Main Street from Monroe on the north to Boone's Lick on the south, as well as Frontier Park along the banks of the Missouri riverfront. 350 exhibitors will be present.
Despite opening three westbound lanes on the Blanchette Bridge earlier today, MODOT wants to remind drivers that work continues on the bridge complex.
Some median work as well as painting of the overhead trusses is still to be completed. Tonight, the two left lanes of westbound I-70 will be closed and there will be lane closures eastbound as well.
If you are planning to go to St. Charles for the Festival of The Little Hills this weekend, MODOT encourages using 370 and 364 as alternate routes.
The tradition continues tomorrow night in St. Louis when bikers take to the streets for the annual Moonlight Ramble.
The nighttime biking event is celebrating its 50th year with proceeds to benefit HI-USA and Kingdom House. Pre-ride festivities and registration begin at 9 p.m. Entry fee is $20 with cash and credit cards accepted.
The ride through the streets of St. Louis gets underway just after midnight. All ages are welcome to participate, but youngsters under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The starting point for this year’s Ride is Busch Stadium Parking Lot C at the corner of 8th & Cerre.
For more information call 314-613-7966 or log onto moonlightramble.com.
The new Saint Louis University law school at the corner of Tucker and Chestnut is officially open after a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning. Mayor Slay and Father Biondi were among the dignitaries on hand. The building, originally constructed in 1964, underwent a total renovation, as the outside was fitted with a shiny glass skin that runs up and down the middle and across the top of the building. The law school also features a new rooftop pavilion and patio, all for the cost of $32 million dollars.
Authorities say dozens of people face drug or weapons charges as part of a crackdown in parts of the metro-east that the St. Clair County prosecutor says are "in a state of lawlessness."
State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says most of the more than 50 people charged are from East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton and Cahokia. The three-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Wild, Wild East" was funded by a federal grant overseen by Illinois State Police.
Kelly says the communities where the alleged offenses took place don't have enough policing, and that laws simply aren't being enforced.
Smoke from a blaze at a recycling plant could cause problems for some drivers in the Earth City area Friday morning. Smoke was reported to be hanging over Highway 370 near Missouri Bottom Road just before sunrise.
The fire began in large mulch piles along Missouri Bottom Road near Earth City Expressway around midnight. As of 5 a.m., fire crews were still trying to put it out.
Hazelwood police had blocked several local roads around that fire scene.
Three people are dead and a fourth is injured after a convertible crashed into the deck of a Wildwood home last night. The crash happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Homestead Manor Drive near Babler State Park.
Monarch Fire Protection District spokesman Roger Herin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that all of the victims were in their late teens or early twenties. Two were pronounced dead at the scene. A third died after being airlifted to a hospital. The fourth victim suffered minor injuries.
Two people who'd been sitting on the deck when it was hit were not hurt.
Herin says the cause of the crash isn't known, but speed may have been a factor.
Three St. Louis Community College employees are looking for work after they were let go on Thursday.
The firings were connected a critical report that examined the attack of a student on the Meramec campus last spring. District Police Chief Robert Stewart, Meramec Campus Police Chief Paul Banta and VP of Student Affairs Linden Crawford were all shown the door.
On April 18, 2013 19 year old Blythe Grupe was attacked in a Meramec campus bathroom. College instructor Aurora Hill heard Grupe's cries for help and interrupted the assault, holding the suspect, 19 year old Jevon Mallory, until police arrived.
In their report, investigators cited the school's failure to notify students and staff about the attack. Campus police were criticized for releasing the suspect, then allowing him to return to campus five days later, and for withholding information from prosecutors.
The Board of Trustees of St. Louis Community College had retained Armstrong Teasdale LLP to perform an investigation after concerns were raised about the school's handling of the attack. The full 18 page report is available on the college's website.