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You most likely noticed over the weekend gas prices went up 26.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.73/gallon yesterday putting our prices above the national average of $3.68 a gallon.

This is according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 983 gas outlets in St. Louis. This compares with the national average that has increased 11.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68/gallon.

Generally, St. Louis is lower than the national average.  Just a week ago, locally we were paying $3.47 per gallon. A month ago, the price was $3.05. Analysts say seasonal maintenance at refineries, this time of year, can crimp supplies and drive up prices.

 
Monday, 18 February 2013 07:56
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A proposal to name a new Mississippi River bridge for the late St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial is moving ahead in the Missouri Senate.

The measure was approved by the Senate's transportation committee last week and has been placed on the Senate's debate calendar. It's not clear when the full chamber might take it up.

Musial died last month at age 92. A movement quickly began to name the new Interstate 70 bridge over the Mississippi for the seven-time National League batting champion.

Lawmakers in both Missouri and Illinois would have to approve the name. The bridge is expected to open sometime next year.

The Missouri Senate bill is sponsored by Republican Eric Schmitt, of St. Louis County. A similar bill has been introduced in the Missouri House.

 

 
Monday, 18 February 2013 07:39
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Several road and highway projects are set to begin this week along three heavily traveled areas.

MoDOT will close lanes on the Poplar Street Bridge this  morning starting at nine until 2:30 in the afternoon. One lane in each direction will be closed weekdays for the next three weeks for crews to inspect the bridge.

In St. Charles County, traffic along Interstate 64 will be slowed or stopped for periods of time this week so crews can blast rock near the Boone Bridge.  Officials will help stop traffic at the designated times starting Tuesday. Blasting times will vary each day. Traffic is expected to be stopped for a maximum of ten minutes.

Close by, Olive street road will be closing between Centaur and Chesterfield Airport Road.  St. Louis County tells KTRS News, Centaur will be closed for two weeks as a contractor installs a 90 foot-long storm drainage system near construction of one of two new outlet malls.  

Drivers are asked to use the southern routes of Eatherton, Wildhorse Creek Road, Long Road and Chesterfield Airport Road.

Look for electronic message boards which will list any changes.

 
Monday, 18 February 2013 06:44
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Richmond Heights Police continue to search for the man who robbed and seriously injured a woman inside the St. Mary’s Health Center parking garage Saturday afternoon.

A passersby found the victim in the garage about 12:30 p.m. and called 9-1-1.

The victim was injured, but her condition is unknown.

Police would only say, her attacker was a man.

St. Mary's officials released a statement that said, "The safety of our patients, visitors and employees is a top priority. We are working closely with the Richmond Heights Police Department to investigate this unfortunate situation."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond Heights Police Department at 314-645-3000.
Monday, 18 February 2013 04:26
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FULTON, Mo. (AP) - An archeological survey is planned for a Civil War battleground site in central Missouri.

A survey is planned next month at the site where the Battle of Moore's Mill occurred in July 1862 in Callaway County, near what is now known as Calwood.

The Fulton Sun reports that the excavation is being funded by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.

The survey will be supervised by employees of Lindenwood University in St. Charles and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Faculty and students from Westminster College in Fulton also plan to participate.
Monday, 18 February 2013 03:42
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering several proposals to improve infrastructure that could hit Missourians' wallets.

One proposal could require residents to pay a higher sales tax in order to pay for transportation projects, and another would let electric utilities seek a surcharge to recoup costs from infrastructure projects.

A third measure would call for issuing several hundred million dollars in bonds to fund improvements on college campuses and state facilities. Taxes that Missourians pay could go to paying off the bonds.

Lawmakers say the influx of ideas comes because there is a new willingness to discuss major challenges facing Missouri. They are skeptical everything would pass in the same year.
Monday, 18 February 2013 03:32
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The early morning crash that killed a Ballwin woman is being called a tragic accident.

Twenty-four year old Brooke Bahmler was killed when her car was T-boned on Illinois Route 3 at Yellow Brick Road.

Sauget Police Chief Patrick Delaney says Bahmler had just left Lacledes Landing with her sister and a friend when she made a wrong turn and ended up in Illinois. Bahmler was reportedly turning around when the crash occurred about 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

Chief Delaney says toxicology tests will be conducted, but they don't believe alcohol was involved in the accident.

Bahmler's sister and the other passenger in her car were both seriously injured, but are expected to survive. The driver of the other car was treated for minor injuries.
Monday, 18 February 2013 02:49
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn wants taxpayers to take advantage of a newly expanded tax credit.

The Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit provides low-income families with tax relief and an incentive to work. But the nonprofit Center for Economic Progress estimates between 10 to 20 percent of eligible taxpayers didn't file for the credit last year.

In an event at Truman College in Chicago Saturday, Quinn said he wants to get the word out about how eligible people may apply for the tax relief.

Families earning less than $50,000 annually and individuals making less than $25,000 may qualify for free tax preparation help at assistance centers across the state.

A list of assistance centers and other information about the tax credit is online.
Monday, 18 February 2013 02:30
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Spinach is again being recalled due to fears of E. coli contamination. Taylor Farms Retail of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling select brands of organic baby spinach potentially contaminated with E. coli. The specific brands affected by the recall include 5-ounce Simple Truth Organic and 16-ounce Taylor Farms Organic. The recalled spinach is sold in the 39 states including Missouri and Illinois.

Actual brand and UPC info for web:

Simple Truth Organic - Baby Spinach, 5 oz. tray UPC code: 0-11110-91128-5 Best by: 2/24/2013
Sold in: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, LA, MO, MT, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY.

Taylor Farms Organic - Baby Spinach, 16 oz. tray UPC code: 0-30223-04780-3 Best by: 2/24/2013
Sold in: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NM, NV, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY.

More information can be found on a special website set up by Taylor Farms.
Monday, 18 February 2013 01:55
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BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - State tests show that the odor from the Bridgeton Landfill outside St. Louis is not a health threat.

The Department of Natural Resources on Friday released a summary of recent air sampling results from the landfill. The samples showed "concentrations did not exceed a level of concern for public health." One sample collected near the landfill boundary, however, had a benzene concentration above the level considered safe.

An area deep within the inactive landfill has been smoldering for more than two years, emitting a foul odor that has generated several complaints.

Landfill operator, Phoenix-based Republic Services Inc., says it's spending millions of dollars to address the problem.

An environmental group says more testing is needed.
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