Residents in the New Town area were treated to an unexpected water show Tuesday morning. A water main break broke through the ground and shot a geyser nearly 50 feet into the air at the corner of New Town Blvd and Fountain Lakes Industrial Drive. Traffic on New Town Blvd was stopped in both directions.
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Two central Illinois men are facing charges after authorities say they stole more than $1 million in equipment from Caterpillar Inc.
John R. Peters, 50, of East Peoria, and 35-year-old Eliot J. Wells, of Peoria, are each being held on $500,000 bond in the Tazewell County Jail. Both have ties to the Peoria-based heavy equipment maker. Peters used to work for Caterpillar, while Wells is a current employee.
Court document show the stolen machinery was being sold on eBay.
It wasn't clear if the two men had retained attorneys. Peters' phone rang unanswered Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wells' number wasn't listed.
Caterpillar officials said in a statement that they're working with authorities as part of the investigation into the thefts.
St. Louisians love their barbecue and apparently it shows. On its' blog, MOVOTO Real Estate has ranked the top ten meat-loving cities in the country. The criteria include steak houses per capita, butcher shops per capita, barbecue restaurants, burger joints and hot dog vendors per capita, as well as the number of National BBQ Festivals annually and cattle ranches within 15 miles. Orlando ranks number one, followed by Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Las Vegas with St. Louis in the number-five spot. Rounding out the top ten are Birmingham, Tulsa, Baton Rouge, and Miami with Honolulu and Tampa tied at number ten.
Additional steps are being undertaken to reduce the strong odors emanating from the Bridgeton Landfill. Owners of the landfill, Republic Services, say they are adding 7 acres of tarp to control the smell which has been so bad that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit on behalf of residents. Gas extraction pumps have also been installed to reduce the odor. Despite some improvement, there are still days when the smell is overwhelming. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says more short-term odors may be generated as gas extraction wells are prepared for the installation of the liner.
Texas Governor Rick Perry will be back in Missouri at the end of the month.
Perry had created a buzz earlier this summer with an ad campaign that attempted to lure businesses away from Missouri. He visited the state to lobby, unsuccessfully, for an override of Governor Nixon's tax cut veto.
Perry, fellow former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist will all address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or "CPAC" gathering St. Louis. The regional convention of the American Conservative Union is a showcase for the conservative political movement.
Other confirmed participants include Missouri's junior Senator Roy Blunt and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp.
The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.
The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to employers and communities in central and southern Illinois. But environmental groups say pollution upgrades are needed.
Houston-based Dynegy wants to buy the plants from Ameren, which has a waiver that allowed it to delay installing soot-control equipment at the five plants.
The board refused to transfer the waiver to Dynegy, saying it must make its own case for a waiver. Dynegy says it will do so.
The board is expected to make a decision by November.
City officials in Richmond Heights are calling it "a major milestone" in the redevelopment of the southern half of Hadley Township. The City Council on Monday evening approved a redevelopment agreement with Menard Inc.
The $63 million project includes $15 million in tax increment financing.
Once the site plan receives final city approval, the Wisconsin-based hardware retailer can set closing dates for 99 residential parcels it's buying east of Hanley Road.
"After many years of battling through unresponsive developers and the worst economy in many years, everyone's hard work is coming to fruition," Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Beck said. "The residents in the southern section of Hadley will be well set for the future. Richmond Heights will benefit from another great retailer."
Menard's plans to build a two-story, 224,000 square foot home improvement store on the land just north of Maplewood's Walmart complex, and additional retail space along Hanley Road.
The largest coalition of organized labor unions in the St. Louis region is pulling its support for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's 2014 reelection bid. Greater St. Louis Labor Council President Robert Soutier and Jeff Aboussie of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council met with Dooley Monday.
Soutier spoke with Fox 2 News about that meeting. "And I said at this point, we're withholding support. We would urge you not to run."
Dooley says he's sorry the labor leaders are pulling their support, but he has no plans to bow out of the race.
"There is no better friend to labor than Charlie Allen Dooley," he said. "I have been labor's friend since I've been in politics, since I've been the county executive, on the county council since 1995."
Soutier says the action isn't the result of any one incident, but stems from a relationship that has deteriorated over time.
"The building trades certainly have some problems with non-union contractors in the county," Soutier said. "Certainly, the firefighters have a problem with an appointment that Dooley made for, I think, one of the training centers."
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former suburban St. Louis mayor previously convicted of wire fraud has pleaded guilty to submitting false employment records while trying to get out of the halfway house where he was staying.
Keith Conway was sentenced in November 2011 to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud, theft from a federal program and witness tampering. He was also ordered to repay more than $62,000 to the city.
Conway was transferred May 1 from federal prison in Marion, Illinois to a St. Louis halfway house and was supposed to be working, but instead lied and submitted fake pay stubs.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to four felony counts of filing false documents and will be sentenced in December.