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   Two downtown St. Louis venues are getting together to fill a number of part-time positions.  

   Peabody Opera House and Scottrade Center are holding a joint job fair Wednesday, June 26, from 3-7 p.m. at Scottrade Center.  Job seekers can enter through the main atrium entrance at 14th and Clark.  

   Both venues have openings in  guest services and security.  The jobs are for the upcoming event season at Peabody Opera House and 2013-2014 Blues hockey season at Scottrade.  

   A second job fair will be held Wednesday, July 10th.  

  More information can be found on the Peabody Opera House website

 

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   The 34th annual PrideFest in St. Louis will make history next weekend when U.S. military personnel officially participate.  

   The parade and festival, which began 30 years ago in Forest Park, has moved to downtown St. Louis near Soldier's Memorial.  

   Both city and county police will have a booth at the festival.  And the military liaison for the LGBT Center of St. Louis will have uniformed service men and women walking in Sunday's parade.  They'll also lay a wreath at Soldier's Memorial, to remember those lost before "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was lifted.  

   Pridefest 2013 will be Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th.

   More information about the parade and festival can be found at the Pride St. Louis website.

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   As the weather heats up with the start of summer tomorrow, many Missouri residents will head to their state park beaches.  But the Department of Natural Resources says a half-dozen of those beaches are closed.  

   Five state park swimming beaches were closed after tests this week showed high levels of bacteria.  A sixth beach - at Mark Twain State Park - remains closed because of flooding.  

   DNR officials say the beach at Harry S. Truman State Park and the Grand Glaize beach at the Lake of the Ozarks are among those that are off limits due to bacteria.  Other beaches closed include the Pittsburg beach at Pomme de Terre, St. Joe's State Park in Park Hills and Wakonda in northeastern Missouri.

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   COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Visitors to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on June 23 will get a glimpse of a 1,000 year old sacred celebration of the summer solstice at "Woodhenge."

   Woodhenge is an arrangement of posts standing in line with sunrise on the longest day of the year June 21; the shortest day, in December, and the spring and fall equinoxes, when day and night are the same length.

   These were sacred days to residents of Cahokia Mounds, when it was the largest city north of Mexico.

   Visitors to the site should arrive by 5:20 a.m. to hear an archaeologist explain the monument's discovery and function.

   The Collinsville site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

  More information can be found at the Cahokia Mounds website

 
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   There's new hope for a long-vacant, landmark building in downtown St. Louis.  A Minneapolis developer has bought the St. Louis Arcade Wright building at Eighth and Olive Streets.  

   Dominium Developments paid $9 million dollars for the building, and plans to spend another $100 million to turn the 18 story structure into a retail and residential center.  The plan calls for about 250 apartments and three floors of retail.  

   City officials are working with Dominium to finance the renovations.  

   Work is expected to begin in December.

   This is the second proposal to revitalize the landmark building.  Six years ago a similar plan failed when the developer went belly-up.

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   Transit workers in St. Louis appear poised to walk off the job as members of Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union continue a strike authorization vote Tuesday.  The union represents public transportation workers and any job action could effect Metrobus and Metrolink service.

   Nearly 600 of the 1,500 members cast ballots on Monday. Bus drivers, mechanics, Metrolink operators and clerical staff have all been working without a contract for two and a half years.

   Local 788 President Mike Breihan says he hopes it doesn't come down to a work stoppage.  "You know we really don't want to hurt the public," Breihan said.  "The people out here that ride the bus, they're like our family. And you know we don't want to hurt any of them, but we're going to have to do whatever we can do to protect our own."

   "This vote was just strictly to show that we are united and we're ready to move forward if we have to, to do whatever we need to do to get a contract," Breihan said. "You know we're not trying to rob the bank. All we're trying to do is make a decent living for our members and our families."       

   Breihan says no action will be taken until after a mediator, who is reviewing information submitted by both the Union and Metro, issues an opinion at the end of the month.

 

 

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   Budding movie stars in the Gateway City area could soon get their big break.  A casting call has been issued for experienced and non-experienced actors in the St. Louis area.  The movie "Cronies" focuses on a day in the life of a 22 year old man living in St. Louis, according to a release.  There are roles for men, women,  and children.   

   The film is partially funded through grants from the Spike Lee Production Fund and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.  

   More information about the film, the roles and auditioning can be found at CroniesTheMovie.com

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has received a federal grant to test a new type of road treatment intended to keep cars from slipping off highways when it rains or snows.

   The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will apply the "high friction surface treatment" to a pair of curves on U.S. 54 and Missouri 179 in Jefferson City.

   If the agency has enough money, it may also apply the treatment at two sites on Interstate 44 near Rolla.

   Missouri received $150,000 for the project from the Federal Highway Administration. A total of 13 states and the District of Columbia received money through the grant program that encourages innovative technologies on roads and bridges.

 
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The release of a small amount of a toxic gas led the fire department's hazardous management team to suit up earlier today.

St. Louis city police and fire crews responded to a late morning call to a building at McPherson and Skinker which is in the process of demolition.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Harris explains how some anhydrous ammonia was released. "There was an old refrigeration unit in the basement and likely there was residual anhydrous and either it was heated with his cutting or just trapped and released," said Harris.

Harris says anhydrous ammonia is lighter than air and in small amounts like this, dissipates quickly. No gas escaped the building. He says every precaution is used on each of these calls. regardless of the extent. All crews worked in Hazmet suits today with two hazardous management vehicles on site.

There were no injuries. 

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   Kratz Elementary School in the Riteneour School District is closed due to the power outage in St. Ann.

   Riverview Gardens summer school classes have been cancelled for Monday, June 3rd.  The closure is due to storm damage and power outages to the districts four schools hosting summer school.

   The St. Louis Archdioceses School, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson, Mo. will also be closed on Monday, due to the lack of power from Friday’s storm.

   The Ferguson-Florissant school district is making changes to its summer programs, due to Friday’s storm damage to buildings and power outages.

   Monday’s summer classes at McCluer High School and Johnson-Wabash Elementary School have been cancelled.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 4th at the following locations:  Johnson-Wabash Elementary summer school will be held at Duchesne Elementary School, located at 100 South New Florissant Road.  McCluer High summer school will be relocated to McCluer North at 705 North Waterford Drive.  The districts other summer program, Adventure Camp; is being moved to Combs Elementary School located at 300 St. Jean Street in Florissant, effective Monday, June 3rd.

 

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