St. Louisans will celebrate an annual Fall tradition in the Gateway City with the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow Friday night. This is the 41st anniversary for the event which proceeds the Great Balloon Race scheduled for Saturday. The Balloon Glow runs from 7:00 until 9:15 tonight on the Central Fields, with a fireworks display to follow. Festivities on race-day begin with food and entertainment at noon. The hare balloon will launch at 4:30, with the hounds to follow at 4:45. Should weather force the cancellation of the race on Saturday, it will be held on Sunday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper was saved by his bulletproof vest during a shootout.
The incident started after a suspect walked into a First Bank in Marthasville. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and sped away from the scene. A State Trooper was in the area and chased the suspect onto a nearby highway. The suspect stopped his vehicle and started shooting at the officer. He was hit in the chest, but was able to shoot back and hit the suspect in the leg.
The trooper was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.
The suspect is receiving treatment at St. John's Mercy Medical Center.
iPhone frenzy is in full effect. Dozens of eager customers braved the drizzling rain outside the AT&T store in Brentwood to get their hands on one of the new iPhone models. The first customers in line arrived as early as 4:15 a.m. This is the first year Apple has released two iPhones on the same day. The new offerings include the lower-end iPhone 5C and the costlier iPhone 5S. The 5C model is made with plastic, comes in five colors, and is equipped with 16 gigs of ram. The higher-end 5S model comes with a fingerprint scanner and a 64-bit processor. The AT&T store in Brentwood expects to be sold out of the new iPhone by the end of the day on Friday. New orders can be shipped directly to your home.
Two State Representatives are introducing legislation in Springfield to eliminate the sales tax Illinois places on gasoline. Democratic Representatives Sue Scherer and Jack Franks are sponsoring the measure. If approved, the bill would remove the 6.25 percent sales tax starting next July. On Friday, GasBuddy.com reported the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Illinois is $3.62. That is 10 cents above the national average and about 22 cents higher than a gallon of regular gas in St. Louis.