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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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While tornado cleanup continues in some parts of the St. Louis metro area, sandbagging is underway in other parts.   The Great River Road is closed between Alton and Graffton because it's under water.  

Water surrounds the Con Agra plant off Highway 100 in Alton and the Alton Belle Casino has closed for the first time because of flooding along the Mississippi.  The river is expected to crest in Alton on Tuesday at 36 feet -- that's within a foot of the historic flood of 1973.

Alton isn't the only community affected by high rivers.  The National Weather Service says the river should crest today 11 feet above flood stage at Grafton.  

MoDOT has closed Highway 94 between West Alton and Highway 67 in northern St. Charles County.  The highway is also closed between Augusta, Mo. and Defiance, Mo. in St. Charles County.

Centaur Road is closed behind Spirit of St. Louis Airport at Chesterfield Valley due to the rising Missouri River.

Highway 67 is closed in Herculaneum due to flooding.

 

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Singer Justin Timberlake's first tour in six years will bring him to St. Louis November 19th. Tickets go on sale this Friday,  June 3 at 10 a.m.at www.LiveNation.com.

Tickets are $45, $90 and $175 for Timberlake's  20/20 Experience World Tour" at Scottrade Center. Aside from livenation.com, fans can get tickets through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, at the box office and by calling 800-745-3000.

Several dates on the tour have already sold out; the tour begins Oct. 31.

Timberlake's next album will be released Sept. 30.

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City leaders were together to announce the start of a drive to collect donations headed to Moore, Oklahoma. 

The campaign started out on Twitter with the hashtag #STL4OKC. The project has an ambition goal of filling a semi-truck by Saturday morning.

Donations can be dropped off Thursday from 4 PM - 10:30 PM across the street from Gate One at Busch Stadium. On Friday and Saturday, there are two donation sites. One in the Loughborough Commons and the other in the Kirkwood Commons. Organizers are asking for new and prepacked supplies that range from baby wipes and sunscreen, to blankets and batteries. 

Drop-off times and locations:

Thursday, May 23rd  4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Broadway & Spruce across from Gate One at Busch Stadium (Tums Parking Lot)

Friday, May 24th  7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Loughborough Commons

I-55 & Loughborough

Kirkwood Commons

I-44 & Lindbergh

Suggested donations:

·Baby Items – Diapers, wipes, formula, Pedialyte or equivalent

·Personal needs - lip balm, Insect repellant, bathroom tissue, feminine hygiene products, sunscreen, eye drops, first aid supplies, wet wipes, toiletries

·Cleaning supplies – bleach, disinfectant, paper towels

·Building and packing materials –small hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, nails, crow bars, saws, screws, work gloves, plywood, Duct tape, heavy duty garbage bags, storage containers, nylon rope, large plastic containers tarps

·Pet supplies – food, kitty litter, pet bowls

·Children shoes, socks, underwear, clothes, sports equipment (balls)

·Non-perishable food

·Blankets

·Bottled water

·Batteries (C and D sizes)

·Candles

 

 

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Crews will begin closing roads today in Town & Country ahead of the Senior PGA Tournament at Bellerive Country Club.

 From 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. today through Sunday, Ladue Road will be closed to non-golf tournament traffic from Mason Road to Highway 141.

Only vehicles with the proper hang-tags will be allowed to travel in that area.

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MoDOT starts work Tuesday that will close a lane on 370 and 70 for up to a month.

Crews will close left lane of westbound Route 370 between the Salt River Road exit and westbound I-70 on May 14. Then on Wednesday crews will close the left lane of eastbound Route 370 from eastbound I-70 to just east of the north outer road flyover.  

The lane closures are expected to last for about a month as part of the Mid Rivers Mall Drive project.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The newest members of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame include men who helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to championships in the 1960s.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that Roger Maris and Curt Flood were inducted Thursday in Springfield, along with scout Tom Greenwade. Another Cardinals star from the era, Mike Shannon, was honored as the 26th Missouri Sports Legend with a bust at the museum. Shannon has been a broadcaster for the team for more than four decades.

The ceremony also honored the 1964 and 1967 World Series champion Cardinals teams. Flood and Shannon were on both teams. Maris was traded from the New York Yankees to the Cardinals prior to the 1967 season.

All three also played on the 1968 team that lost the World Series to Detroit.

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   Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says his audit of Brentwood city government revealed sloppy accounting and a lack of documentation at city hall.  Schweich says those factors were behind his rating the St. louis County suburb as "poor."

   The audit came about because of a citizen petition drive that began in 2011. Residents became concerned about the city's finances after former city administrator Chris Seemayer pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 but continued to collect city benefits.

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