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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says crews are trying to finish a series of controlled burns around the state.
 
WNIJ Radio reports the fires that are deliberately set to stimulate certain plant growth got a late start this year. That's because the ground was wet and snow covered after the long, harsh winter. Burning typically begins in mid-March and runs through mid-April.
 
Chris Young is a spokesman for the agency. He says some crews have finished the controlled burns in portions of the state, but are still conducting them in northern Illinois.
 
Young says there's no set number of acres that needs to be burned this year, but the agency typically burns between 10,000 and 20,000.
 
The areas that are burned are typically portions of prairies and woodlands.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:21
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As the temperatures rise, so too do the number projects on MoDOT's agenda. Today, MoDOT closed two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane on the Blanchette Bridge for maintenance on the span.
Those lanes will remain closed until about 3 o'clock this afternoon.
 
Meanwhile, MoDOT is warning drivers in the Valley Park area that they will be closing one of the two lanes on the Crescent Avenue bridge over Route 141 next week. Weather permitting, crews will be placing an epoxy overlay on the bridge.
They need three consecutive warm, dry days to complete the work. Depending on weather, the work could begin as early as Monday. Drivers should expect significant delays and should consider alternate routes.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:48
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis judge put a temporary stop to a smartphone-based ride-sharing service that has drawn the ire of city taxi drivers.
 
The mobile application Lyft debuted locally Friday night. On Monday afternoon, Circuit Judge David Dowd ordered the company to disable its app in the city and St. Louis County pending an early May hearing.
 
A company spokeswoman tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it did not receive a notice to appear in court before the injunction was issued.
 
Lyft passengers are expected to use the app to donate a contribution rather than pay a metered fare. Drivers use their own cars, which are decorated with pink mustaches.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:46
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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) - The Boys Hope Girls Hope home that was rejected by the St. Louis County town of Brentwood has found a new location - Richmond Heights.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Richmond Heights City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a site and development plan for two residences. One will house 10 girls, and one will house 10 boys, plus live-in staff.
 
Residents ages 10 to 18 and come from disadvantaged backgrounds and difficult circumstances. They are chosen partly because of their academic commitment and desire to be good citizens.
 
The nonprofit, which has worked in the region for nearly four decades, lost out on its hope to build in Brentwood in September. Opponents worried about traffic and noise and said the project would lower property values.
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