St. Louis plays host Thursday night to a soccer exhibition featuring a pair of rivals in the English Premier League. With the Cardinals on the road, Busch Stadium welcomes some of the top soccer talent in the world. But those with a ticket need to heed some warnings. KTRS' Vicki Pimentel has this report.
"Soccer fans heading to Thursday night's exhibition between Manchester City and Chelsea should expect extra security checks at the gates. St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says it will be a lot like the playoffs or World Series, but planning ahead can save fans time.
Dotson says, 'Post-Boston, the stadium has put in new security measures where they do random wanding. They've always done bag checks now they're doing an additional layer of security to look for those types of things. So leave those items at home; pocket knives, pen knives, mace, guns, no place at a soccer match.'
Chief Dotson also urges the public not to leave a weapon in the car and not to leave anything you value, visible. Reporting from St. Louis city, I'm Vicki Pimentel, KTRS news."
Construction is set to begin this morning on Stage 3 of the Page Extension, and MoDOT local leaders are gathering in St. Charles County later Wednesday morning to mark the occasion. KTRS's Michael Golde has a preview...
"Ground is being broken today where the final 9 miles of route 364 ends at I-64. It's all part of a nearly $120 million dollar project that will include a 4-lane divided highway from Mid Rivers Mall to I-64 in St. Charles.
St. Charles and MoDOT are roughly splitting the price tag. Phase 3 is designed to relieve congestion in the central portion of St. Charles and to provide another route into st. Louis.
The Page extension is expected to be completed by November 2014."
O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard veteran and former sports journalist says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Republican Doug Bucshon is seeking the 12th Congressional District seat held by Bill Enyart, a Democrat who was elected to his first term last November.
A 20-year veteran of the state's National Guard, Bucshon has never held political office. Since retiring from active duty, he has covered University of Illinois basketball and football.
The 12th District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.
Enyart succeeded Democrat Jerry Costello, who retired after more than two decades in office.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has again approved a plan to address so-called Smart Grid technology over the objection of Gov. Pat Quinn.
Senators voted 44-11 Tuesday to override Quinn's veto earlier this month. Quinn claimed the bill undermined oversight and would force automatic rate hikes.
Senate President John Cullerton disputed those claims. A three-fifths majority was needed. It now heads to the House.
ComEd pushed the bill as a way to clarify 2011 legislation allowing utilities to raise rates to fund a high-tech system. But executing it has been tricky.
The Illinois Commerce Commission and ComEd disagreed over implementation. ComEd filed a court appeal over technical matters and faces a class-action lawsuit over installation delays.
The proposal clarifies some of those issues and hastens installation.
Dozens of St. Charles residents are homeless after their apartments flooded during Monday night's heavy rainfall.
Residents at the Riverview Lane Apartments spent Tuesday cleaning up and trying to salvage what they could. But single mom Jamie Roa told Fox 2 News that losing most of her possessions isn't the hardest part of her ordeal. It's not having a home for her two daughters.
"My kids are crying to me, 'Mommy, I want to come home. Please come get me. Please come get me.' And I can't go and get them," she said. "Because I don't have a home to bring them home to."
This isn't the first time the apartments have flooded. Recently, property owner, Sheila Stumps installed new storm drains to take rain run off water away from the building, but she and residents told Fox 2 News that the city sewers keep backing up.
To make matters worse, some residents say they've been denied flood insurance because their building sits on a flood plain. Other residents say there's nothing in their leases to indicate the risk of flooding.
Stump insists that she informs everyone of the risk verbally.
Stumps says she’ll get the tenants back into their homes as soon as possible, but admits that it will take time.
For the right price, you can live like a Cardinal great.
The home of Stan "The Man" Musial is on the market. The family of Stan decided it is time to sell his mid-century Ladue home. For under $2 million--$1.8 to be precise--you can walk the same floors as Musial and his wife Lil.
According to the listing the house is over 5,200 square feet with four bedrooms and seven baths. The home is set on three acres of land. Musial was 92 when he died in January.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The longtime promoter of expanding Illinois gambling has taken his name from a bill over "perceived conflict of interest" with his law firm.
In a statement released Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Lou Lang says there've been no violations, but not only is his name off the gambling bill, he may not vote when it comes to the House floor.
Lang is counsel for Odelson and Sterk, an Evergreen Park firm hired by Rockford. The city is one of five that would get a casino if lawmakers approve pending legislation. Rockford officials have said there's no connection.
Lang says his actions have been respectful of laws and ethical rules. He declined to comment Tuesday beyond the statement.
Democrat Rep. Robert Rita is now the gambling bill's sponsor.
A north county man is headed to jail after a jury convicted him of molesting a child.
Richard Williams was found guilty of five charges in all. Williams molested the child, who was under twelve when the abuse occurred, between 2010 and 2011.
Prosecutors say Williams was friends with one of the child's grandparents.
Controversial politician Todd Akin is in North County to speak at a Republican club's monthly meeting.
He will be speak at Yacovelli's Thursday night at 7:30. The event is open to members of the North St. Louis County Republican Club and they are accepting new members. Akin was a US Congressman for a decade before losing to Senator Claire McCaskill last year.
Akin entered the national spotlight after making claims about pregnancy and legitimate rape.
If you would like to join the North St Louis County Republican Club, dues are $15 per individual or $25 per family. Reach out to the club's treasurer, Edna Ditto at (314) 837-8968.
Future speakers and topics include:
June 27: Anne Gassel on Common Core Standards
July 25: Sherman Graves on gun control
August 22: Tom Schweich state auditor
Still very little information after a man was shot and killed in north St. Louis this morning.
Police say they found 20-year-old Jermaine Johnson on the street near the city's border with Pine Lawn around 2 AM. Witnesses told officers they heard the gunshots, but did not know much more about the shooting.