The team of an environmentalist made famous by Julia Roberts is coming to St. Louis.
A spokesman for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment told KTRS News that a team representing Erin Brockovich will be in north county to address concerns surrounding the Bridgeton Landfill.
The smoldering event underneath the landfill has residents worried it could threaten nuclear waste buried next door at the West Lake Landfill. Residents and environmentalists hope the Brockovich name will draw attention to the issue. Recent tests done by the EPA suggest the underground fire would take 10 years to reach the nuclear waste.
Missouri health officials and the state's Department of Natural Resources are monitoring the smoldering closely.
Three people, including a St. Louis police officer are seriously injured after a Volkswagen slammed into a patrol car in Midtown last night. It happened about 9:30 at Washington and Compton. Police say a passenger car with three people inside had been driving erratically earlier in the evening. Police pursued the car, but had to stop to answer another call. A short time later, the car struck a different police car. One person climbed out of the passenger car and ran from the scene. The two other people in the car, and the 35-year-old police officer were all taken to the hospital. All three are listed in serious condition. Police are still looking for the 27-year-old person who fled.
Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul says he's ready to do the business of city governance. That's despite the fact that he has to work with some of the city council members who voted to impeach him in April. Last night was Paul's first city council meeting since a judge reinstated him Monday while his appeal to overturn the impeachment is reviewed. A crowd of supporters welcomed Paul back to office. As he took his seat, most of the crowd stood up and applauded him in support. After the meeting Paul said the city will be back in court this Friday trying to undo the ruling that put him back in office.
The ballots have been counted and after two days of voting, St. Louis public transportation workers are unanimous in their support for a job action.
Ninety percent of the voting membership of Transit Local 788 gave a thumbs up for a strike authorization. Local president Mike Breihan says the International office still needs to sanction the job action.
"The largest majority supported the strike," Breihan said. "So what we do now is send the information up to the International. They make a decision on to sanction the strike or not. And then if that happens we will follow procedures and see what happens."
Breihan says the Union will wait to set a strike date until after a mediator issues his report in late June.
The St. Louis County Council is doing something it seldom does -- reversing itself on a senior housing development already underway in the Oakville area.
The move follows an uproar from people who live near the planned 45-unit low-income apartment building in the 6000 block of Telegraph.
Last year the council had unanimously approved the development by Ohio-based National Church Residences.
Tuesday night, the county council voted 5-2 to send the issue back to the planning commission so that area residents can weigh in on zoning permits issued for the development.
Several council members who sided with the residents say they don't expect the zoning to be revoked.
The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to attend other nearby schools.
Tuesday's decision involves a specific family who contends the St. Louis Public School District should have footed the bill for their two children to attend Clayton schools. But the ruling could have implications for residents in other unaccredited districts.
It looks like St. Louis' red light cameras can stay, and the city can keep millions of dollars it's collected in fines. That's after yesterday's ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals that upheld the city's use of red light cameras to control traffic. The ruling reverses a previous court decision that had declared the city ordinance unconstitutional.
The city won't be able to collect on all 138,000 unpaid red light tickets though. That's because the court also found that tickets issued more than a year ago had to be tossed out because they didn't clearly state how they could be contested. Just about a year ago the city fixed that problem by changing the wording on the summons.
Three people, including a St. Louis police officers are seriously injured after a car slammed into a patrol car in Midtown Tuesday night. It happened about 9:30 at Washington and Compton.
Police say a passenger car with three people inside had been driving erratically earlier in the evening. Police pursued the car, but had to stop to answer another call.
A short time later, the car ran through the intersection and struck a different police car.
One person climbed out of the passenger car and ran from the scene. The two other people in the car, and the police officer were all taken to the hospital. All three are listed in serious condition.
Police are still looking for the person who fled.
17 people were hit by gunfire during one of the most violent nights in recent memory of St. Louis.
Over a five hour period that spanned Monday night into early Tuesday morning, gunshots rang out in seven separate incidents. The youngest victim in the shootings, a 13-year-old.
Police have not announced any connection between the shootings.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid Route 141 in Town and Country for the next few nights.
MoDOT is closing one lane of 141 at the Interstate 64 interchange. The road will close at 8 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and should reopen by six each morning. Delays are expected during the closures.