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During his reelection campaign, Mayor Slay unveiled the first Sustainability Plan for St. Louis. The Mayor also presented a 29-point agenda to implement the plan.

Many questions remain: What is sustainability? How can the city become more sustainable? How can the public help?

KTRS' Colin Jeffery spoke to city officials about those concerns and will present their answers during a week-long series.

"Ultimately, it's making St. Louis cleaner, healthier, more vibrant, more fun and safer." That is how Mayor Francis Slay defines sustainability.

The Mayor is taking the lead on the effort, but creating a sustainable city requires a team effort. He brought in Catherine Werner to captain the effort. She serves as the city's first ever Sustainability Director. She tells me sustainability goes beyond just thinking 'green'. "We're were talking about not just the environmental aspects but also from the social and economic realms", says Werner. 

The next step in promoting the plan was to take on strategic partners in the private sector. That is when the city turned to Washington University and their sustainability director Phil Valko, "We are working to meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability to future generations to meet their needs at the same quality of life or better"

So what is sustainability? It's a multifaceted approach to make the city of St Louis and the region at large a better place to live now and down the road.

On Wednesday we will look at how teams are coming together to solve the problem in any urban area--what to do with vacant lots.

 

 

Monday, 03 June 2013 16:37
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St. Charles officials are now urging residents of West Alton to prepare for a possible evacuation. The area is expected to flood, but the severity remains to be seen. Residents should be making plans to secure their homes and property if an evacuation order is necessary.

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A hearing is scheduled for tonight in Ballwin to determine the future of an indoor shooting range.

The American Arms and Supply Company will ask the zoning commission to change the city codes to allow for the indoor range to be built on the site of a former Rothman Furniture.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held at the Ballwin Golf Course Clubhouse starting at 7 p.m.

 

Monday, 03 June 2013 15:18
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CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a man accused of setting a house fire that killed four children.

The mental fitness examination for 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski was requested Monday by James Kelley, his Randolph County public defender.

A hearing on the testing's outcome is scheduled for June 20.

Twardoski has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the May 10 deaths in Percy, a village about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis. The fire killed siblings ages 12, 9 and 5-year-old twins.

The county's state's attorney, Jeremy Walker, has said he doesn't consider the fire random. Although he's declined to say why authorities suspect Twardoski set it or whether Twardoski knew anyone who lived in the home.

 
Monday, 03 June 2013 15:16
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A quick traffic note. MoDOT is closing 170 between 70 and 270 until 3PM on Monday.

They are giving Ameren crews time to restring power lines over the interstate. Drivers are encouraged to use 70 or 270 as a detour. 

Monday, 03 June 2013 12:40
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The call for sandbaggers at Portage Des Sioux had been answered.

St. Charles County officials say no additional volunteers are needed. KTRS's Michael Golde was at the scene earlier today and said that within an hour of the request for help on Monday morning, the number of sandbaggers nearly doubled.

Officials say the situation could change, it is unknown how long work on the sandbagging will continue. 

Monday, 03 June 2013 12:36
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A history-making flight is winging its way to St. Louis.

A solar-powered airplane called Solar Impulse took off this morning from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport bound for Lambert. The plane flies about 40 mph and the third leg is roughly 560 miles.

Swiss pilot and Solar Impulse CEO Bertrand Piccard tells McGraw in the Morning, just like Charles Lindbergh's first flight across the Atlantic, weight is an issue. 

Piccard says, "If we have the weight of a normal airplane the solar energy would never be enough to fly day and night. So we had to make the lightest possible airplane and this was the big challenge to have the weight of a small car or size of a jumbo jet, nobody thought it was possible."

An inflatable hangar has been set up at Lambert-St. Louis Airport  to accommodate the solar-powered plane which is set to land at Lambert around 1:00 a.m.Tuesday. You can follow the solar flight at http://live.solarimpulse.com.

 

 

 
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A Cahokia school security guard is accused of possessing marijuana with plans to deal it at the middle school where he worked.

 The Belleville News-Democrat  reports that 29-year-old Alvin Golliday of Cahokia was arrested Friday after police found marijuana in his car. They used a dog to search Lincoln Middle School for drugs.  

 Golliday is behind bars (Monday) this morning on $75,000 bond.

 

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While tornado cleanup continues in some parts of the St. Louis metro area, sandbagging is underway in other parts.   The Great River Road is closed between Alton and Graffton because it's under water.  

Water surrounds the Con Agra plant off Highway 100 in Alton and the Alton Belle Casino has closed for the first time because of flooding along the Mississippi.  The river is expected to crest in Alton on Tuesday at 36 feet -- that's within a foot of the historic flood of 1973.

Alton isn't the only community affected by high rivers.  The National Weather Service says the river should crest today 11 feet above flood stage at Grafton.  

MoDOT has closed Highway 94 between West Alton and Highway 67 in northern St. Charles County.  The highway is also closed between Augusta, Mo. and Defiance, Mo. in St. Charles County.

Centaur Road is closed behind Spirit of St. Louis Airport at Chesterfield Valley due to the rising Missouri River.

Highway 67 is closed in Herculaneum due to flooding.

 

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   The Alton Belle Casino is closed due to flooding along the Mississippi River at Alton.

   The River City Casino in Lemay is also closed because the roads leading to the casino are covered by floodwaters from the Mississippi.

   Due to power outages affecting several Boeing campuses in north St. Louis County, Boeing is reminding employees to check the company’s employee hotline (800-899-6431), to see if they are to report for their shift Monday.  All essential maintenance workers are to report to work as scheduled.

   The National Personnel Records Center in North County will be closed Monday due to a power outage from the Friday storms.  The center is expecting to have the power restored this afternoon.  Employees should check the center’s weather hotline (314-801-0900) this evening for the latest information. 

 

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