A three-year effort to rebuild part of a busy downtown street is nearly finished. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 10-block rebuilding of Tucker Boulevard is expected to be done by August. The project cost nearly $34 million, in part because it required demolition of the rusting bridge-like structure over an old underground streetcar line. Federal stimulus money funded much of the project, which also includes streetscape improvements. The new street will serve as a main route to and from downtown to the new Mississippi River bridge expected to open early next year.
For the third week in a row, St. Louis area residents are cleaning up after weekend storms pounded the metro area. Storms on both Saturday and Sunday brought strong winds, lightening and heavy rain to St. Louis. Flash flooding an issue on many roads over the weekend. The metro-east was hit especially hard, with the National Weather Service reporting 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts and nearly 4-inches of rainfall in about three hours in St. Clair County yesterday. The deluge left up to a foot of standing water on some roads. St. Charles and Warren counties in Missouri were also hit hard with nearly 2-and-a-half inches of rain falling in just two hours. The rain caused a three-hour delay at Busch Stadium and prompted the Muny to cancel the last performance of "Spamalot" last night.
Twinkies snack cakes may be back on store shelves next month, but the bakery jobs that left St. Louis when Hostess closed up shop here aren't coming back.
Metropoulos & Company, and Apollo Global Management bought Hostess cakes earlier this year for $410 million. Both companies are known for buying troubled brands and then selling them for a profit.
Since the sale, Hostess headquarters have been moved from Texas to Kansas City, Missouri and production has been consolidated from 11 bakery plants to four. The plant in St. Louis was eliminated.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is facing a shortage of primary care doctors, and the strain could grow as more people soon gain health insurance under the federal health care law.
The state had a little less than 74 active patient care primary care doctors per 100,000 residents according to 2010 figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges. That ranked Missouri 35th and put it behind the national per capita average of more than 79 active primary care doctors.
The challenge of access to primary care doctors could grow as the federal health care law is fully implemented January 1st.
The law will require most Americans to obtain health insurance and provide subsidies to some. The Missouri Foundation for Health estimated that an additional roughly 350,000 Missourians could end up with insurance.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An accident has claimed the life of a worker inside the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in north St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 42-year-old Mensud Djelmo was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the worker became trapped Friday night in a packing unit machine. Another worker found him while returning from his break and called police. The investigation is ongoing.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson wants to add drones to his crime-fighting arsenal.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Dotson wrote a letter this spring to the Federal Aviation Administration making the case for unmanned aerial vehicles. He says that it's crucial to look at new technologies to keep officers and the public safe and to apprehend criminals.
The letter was a preliminary step toward seeking approval for unmanned — and unarmed — flight.
The assent of Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is required, and she also wrote to the FAA to offer "enthusiastic support."
Dotson says he would seek donations and grants to pay for the drones. They cost from $60,000 to $300,000 each. While pricey, they're still cheaper and safer than helicopters.
Privacy advocates have raised concerns.
MONTICELLO, Ill. (AP) — The roster is growing of counties where prosecutors won't charge people with breaking the state's law banning concealed weapons.
The Decatur Herald and Review reports that Piatt County State's Attorney Dana Rhoades says she is through prosecuting because a federal court has deemed the state's law unconstitutional. And in Macon County, the paper reports that State's Attorney Jay Scott says people with valid concealed carry permits from another state will be allowed to have concealed weapons in the county.
Prosecutors in other counties, including Madison, Peoria, Randolph, Tazewell and White counties have already said they won't enforce the law. It's a clear signal of the growing impatience with Governor Pat Quinn, who has not yet signed a concealed carry bill that state lawmakers approved last month.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis alderwoman wants people in the city to pull up their pants.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Alderwoman Marlene Davis is proposing legislation making it a violation to wear pants below the waist if it exposes skin or undergarments.
A few other municipalities in the St. Louis area have similar laws. Some civil rights groups say the laws restrict personal expression.
Davis' proposal provides for a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for offenders.
VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with kidnapping a University of Missouri student has been captured after eluding officers for several days.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that 23-year-old Brian Adkison of Columbia was caught while authorities were investigating a residential burglary call. He is jailed in Morgan County. His attorney didn't immediately respond to an email or phone call.
He is charged in Caldwell County with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, inflicting injury and terrorizing her before dropping her off at a Columbia hospital Sunday morning. He also is charged in Boone County with first-degree burglary, rape and deviate sexual assault.
The search has involved a helicopter, more than 50 officers and dogs. Authorities also conducted door-to-door searches.
Lieutenant Mike Nienhuis says Adkison stole several boats before he was caught.
And in another case of deja vu, two workers were injured after problems with their scaffolding.
The workers were part of the construction team building a new CVS pharmacy in Bridgeton. The workers fell 15 feet when their scaffolding became unstable. Both have non-life threatening injuries. Yesterday, four window washers had to be rescued after their scaffolding collapsed. None of the four were seriously hurt.