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Colin Jeffery

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CHICAGO (AP) - Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts says a $500 million deal with the city of Chicago to renovate the nearly century-old Wrigley Field is a milestone.

Ricketts spoke to reporters Monday at Wrigley Field, the day after the deal with the city was announced. The plans include an electronic video screen and more night games. It still needs final approval.

Ricketts says money earned from the proposal would give the team the resources to get to the World Series. He says if the plan is approved the team would "win the World Series" for its fans and players. The last World Series championship for the Cubs came in 1908 - six years before Wrigley was built.

Ricketts calls it a "massive investment" that includes community contributions, like $1 million for a park.

   Police say a diabetic seizure may have been behind the accident that killed a baby and seriously injured it's mother at a Metro Bus Stop in Northwoods Monday morning.

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the driver of the car, 41 year old Larry Jones, may have blacked out just before crashing his car in the 6900 block of Natural Bridge.  Witnesses say his car suddenly veered across the street, hit a light post and then crashed into a MetroBus.  

   Thirty-nine-year old Erica Hughes and her infant daughter, Alyja Hughes had been waiting for the bus.  Both were struck.  Baby Alyja was thrown some 50 feet from the impact.  

   Bystanders, including an off duty firefighter administred CPR.  The infant was rushed to St. Louis Childrens Hospital, but died anyway.  

   Both Jones and Hughes are hospitalized in serious condition.

 

Officials with Republic Services say the smell at Bridgeton will get worse before it gets better.

Monday's rain pushed back the start of work to remove sections of concrete pipe in the landfill. Engineers say the pipe removal will make the ground in and around the landfill safer, but the smell will be worse while work is underway.

The project was initially supposed to be completed on April 30, but with rain forecast through Thursday, it is still unclear when work will get underway. Contractors and company officials will meet midweek to discuss a starting date.

 

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