Traffic will be moving a little smoother in downtown St. Louis this weekend. After nearly three months of construction and $5.5 million dollars, the Jefferson Avenue bridge will be open to traffic Friday night. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the bridge over I-64 will be open sometime around 8pm. However, there will be occasional lane closures for the next few weeks while crews put on the finishing touches. Also, the ramp from eastbound I-64 to southbound Jefferson Avenue will also remain closed until August 1st.
GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) - A Mississippi River ferry service linking southwestern Illinois' Jersey County to Missouri's St. Charles County is about to be back in business after being shut down for more than two years.
The (Alton) Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1146MGq ) reports that the Grafton ferry will resume next Friday, thanks to dredging efforts that cleared out river silt that kept the service from operating.
Owned by the 670-resident city of Grafton northeast of St. Louis, the ferry had served as a key shuttle for motorists trying to cross the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
The ferry will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A former Texas Tech graduate student from St. Louis has been executed in Texas. Vaughn Ross received lethal injection last night (Thursday) in Huntsville.
He'd been convicted in the 2001 shooting deaths of an 18-year-old woman with whom he had been feuding and an associate dean at the university in Lubbock.
Over 250 acres of land surrounding MidAmerica Airport will be appraised in an effort to develop the property into a business park. The Belleville News Democrat reports that Convenant Aerospace is interesting a building business park centered around the construction of cargo planes near the airport. The company estimates the venture could create nearly 2,200 jobs. MidAmerica hasn't turned a profit since opening in 1998 as an alternative to St. Louis' Lambert International Airport.
A man who was convicted of killing five members of a central Illinois family is set to be sentenced. Christopher Harris is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon for five counts of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence. The 34-year-old used a tire iron to kill five members of his ex-wife's family in 2009 in Beason, Illinois. He admitted killing 14-year-old Dillen Constant, but Harris' lawyers said he only did so after the teenager killed the rest of the family. Harris was also convicted of killing Dillen's mother, his stepfather, his 16-year-old sister, and 11-year-old stepbrother. The community of Beason is about 45 miles northeast of Springfield.
Recent efforts to curb crime are working. That's according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson when he spoke with hundreds of people who gathered at the Demetrious Johnson Center for a town hall meeting Thursday night.
Mayor Francis Slay was also there along with several parents of murdered children. All seemed to agree that keeping the dialog going was critical to fighting violent crime in the city.
Chief Dotson says a total of 56 people have been murdered in St. Louis in 2013, 10 fewer than by this time last year. He credits a recent surge of ATF agents in the city with taking more than 200 criminals of the streets.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A Southeast Missouri State University building will remain closed through mid-August after a rooftop fire.
The university made the announcement Thursday after insurers and engineers assessed the damage that Monday's fire caused to Robert A. Dempster Hall. The building houses business programs and some administrative offices.
The university said in a news release that portions of the building sustained roof, water and smoke damage. Vice president for finance and administration, Kathy Mangels, says the first priority is to get classrooms ready for the fall semester.
During the closure, students and staff have been moved to alternative locations.
Charges are filed against a St. Louis County woman for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.
Police say they were called to the couple's home around 1 AM Thursday for an apparent homicide. That is where they found 76-year-old Ivan Mullenix Sr. dead from an apparent stabbing. Officers also found 69-year-old Mary Mullenix in the house and she was taking into custody.
Town and Country Police say they were called to same house earlier for a domestic disturbance.
Mary Mullenix is held on a half-million dollar bond.
People affiliated with a number of social justice groups held a rally in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal.
Zaki Baruti with the Universal African Peoples Organization believes the Zimmerman verdict says something about the US. "America is not qhat it says it is, it is full of hypocrisy. It is not freedom and justice and equality here in this country." says Baruti.
Protesters gathered outside of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Organizers say this is just the first activity planned to draw attention to was they say are injustices.
City Police were aware of the event and were happy to announce that there were no arrests made.
A south St. Louis man is in serious condition after he was shot while standing in his front door last night.
Police say that just before midnight the 32-year-old man heard a knock on the front door of his house in the 3900 block of Chippewa. After he opened the door, a suspect shot the man twice in the neck.
Police have not released any information on the suspect.