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Over 20,000 runners will be downtown this weekend for the Go! St. Louis Marathon events and that means road closures.

 

On 64/40, MoDOT will close several ramps including westbound ramps to Forest Park, Market, and 21 st Street--those ramps will close at 5AM on Sunday and reopen by 3PM. Eastbound closures include ramps to Market and Chestnut. Those closures will last from 5AM until around 3PM. 

 

Here are other road closures:

 

Market between Tucker and 18th St. will be closed 4:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The stretch between Tucker and Broadway will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

 

Pine St. from Tucker to 14th will be closed from midnight Sunday to 5 p.m.

 

13th St. from Market to Pine will be closed between midnight and 5 p.m.

 

Forest Park between Compton and Union will be closed between 7:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

 

Vandeventer will be closed between Forest Park and Lindell from 7:15 a.m to 1 p.m.

 

There will be no southbound travel on Union from Delmar to Lindell between 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

 

There will be no eastbound travel on Delmar between Skinker and Union from 8:25 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the second time this week, residents in southeast Missouri felt the rumble of a small earthquake. But an expert says it's nothing to worry about - small quakes strike in the New Madrid seismic zone roughly 200 times a year.

 

The U.S. Geological Survey says the latest earthquake was centered near Caruthersville in the Missouri Bootheel, a magnitude 2.7 quake that struck at 7:27 p.m. Thursday. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

 

Two days earlier, another 2.7-magnitude quake was centered near Portageville, Mo.

 

Steve Horton of the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis says the New Madrid seismic zone remains very active with small quakes. The New Madrid Fault Line was the location for massive quakes in 1811 and 1812.

 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Veterans moving to Missouri after leaving the military could immediately claim in-state tuition for public higher education under a bill passed by the state House.

 

The House voted 152-0 to send the measure to the Senate Thursday.

 

It would allow veterans to immediately claim the discounted tuition rate despite not having lived in the state previously. Typically, students seeking in-state tuition must reside in Missouri for 12 consecutive months before qualifying.

 

The measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Charlie Davis, of Webb City. It also includes a provision that prevents university instructors from giving exams to National Guard members less than 24 hours after they return from training.

 
Friday, 05 April 2013 12:53
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SirenGPS is working on a smartphone app that could help save lives, but they need help to make it happen.

 

The St. Louis Business Journal reports the startup is turning to crowd funding site Indiegogo to raise $150,000. The SirenGPS app would allow anyone calling 911 from their cell phone to share location information with first responders. Donors have 22 more days to help the company reach their goal.

 

There are several rewards for donors at different amounts.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The U.S. government says Tyson Foods has agreed to pay roughly $4 million in civil penalties to settle alleged violations related to eight accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia that happened over a four-year span and caused one death.

 

The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency says the deal in a St. Louis federal court with the nation's biggest meat company involves alleged Clean Air Act violations at Tyson sites in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

 

The government says the incidents in questioned happened between 2006 and 2010.

 

Arkansas-based Tyson says it cooperated with the EPA and immediately addressed the agency's concerns.

 

As part of the settlement, Tyson also will provide $300,000 to help purchase emergency response equipment for fire departments in nine communities where it has plants.

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A total of six tax preparation businesses were the target of IRS raids today.

 

Fox 2 reports agents seized evidence from six locations of Tax King starting at 8:30 this morning. IRS officials have still not said what they were looking for, but did confirm that no arrests were made today--they have not ruled out future arrests though. The raids were conducted at locations in downtown, midtown, and North St. Louis.

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   Two people are recovering from injuries after a tractor-trailer accident in Madison County.  It happened just after 8:00 Friday morning.  

   Police say the semi had been eastbound on I-270 when it left the road just east of the Canal Bridge.  The big rig broke through a barrier and rolled down to a construction road where it overturned.  

   EMS crews treated two people at the scene, including the truck driver.  

   It's not clear why the driver lost control of the semi or who the other injured person is.

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   Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says his office will audit the state agency assigned to protect the environment and public health from hazardous waste.  

   The announcement follows reports of problems with oversight at the cleanup of the former Carondelet Coke site in St. Louis.   A St. Louis Post-Dispatch report says that clean up cost taxpayers more than $12 million. while former owners Laclede Gas and SGL Group were paying less than a million dollars combined and Carondelet Coke owner J. Donald Crane was getting off the hook entirely.  The 42 acre site had been considered one of the most contaminated in the state.

   Schweich announced the audit of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hazardous Waste Program Friday morning.  State law gives the auditor the authority to audit state agencies and programs.

   Anyone who would like to provide information during the audit process is encouraged to contact the State Auditor's office at 800-347-8597 or by email at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov.

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   Cuts in the classroom are coming to the East St. Louis School District. Teachers layoffs were announced  during Thursday night's packed school board meeting.  

   In all, 69 teachers in District 189 will lose their jobs.  Five elementary school principals and two middle school principals will also be cut.  

   East St. Louis is just the latest in a long list of metro-east school districts forced to make the cuts because of state and local budget issues.

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   A Jennings woman is in serious but stable condition after she crashed her car into a north city apartment building Thursday night. It happened just before midnight at Martin Luther King and Burd.

   The crash punched a hole in the Arlington Grove Jeffery L. Boyd building. Crews spent most of Friday morning cleaning up the mess.  

   St.Louis police say the 33 year old woman had been speeding, blowing through two stop signs along Dr. King,  before swerving to avoid a stopped car.  That's when she lost control, hit two stop signs, a light pole and a metal trash can before crashing into the building.

   Police say no one inside the building was hurt.

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