Air quality forecasting officially begins Wednesday for the 2013 summer season, and St. Louis residents will want to pay attention in order to protect their health.
Officials with the American Lung Association say that's because the air in St. Louis is getting worse. Their latest State of the Air report shows the Gateway City is now ranked 25th worst in the nation for ozone pollution. We were 34th last year.
And St. Louis is 12th when it comes to year round particulate pollution. That's a slight improvement over our 10th place finish last year. But officials say it still means St. Louis is among the most polluted metropolitan areas in the nation.
Residents who want to receive air quality updates by email, can sign up at the Clean Air St. Louis website.
Witnesses are calling it a frightening situation.
A toddler stopped traffic on Southwest Avenue in south St. Louis Monday. Fox 2 News reports that the child had been in the care of the Top of the Hill Daycare in the 5800 block of Southwest, when he wandered into the middle of the street.
One witness says the child in the street wasn't the only thing that was disturbing. "And on the curb, probably the hero in this thing, was a little girl, who was probably about five, holding back other toddlers from running into the street."
Several cars stopped, their drivers corralling the child and getting him out of the road, then calling police.
Police are now investigating.
The daycare has a sign that reads “state licensed,” but according to the Department of Health And Senior Services, that license expired at the end of March. Police say the daycare is licensed with the city of St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals make it a habit to honor others before many of the team's home games. But Monday night, it was the baseball franchise that was honored.
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized the team with a plaque for their leadership in food recovery and recycling.
By composting leftovers, like old hot dogs, and donating unused, uncooked food to food pantries, the team has kept 2000 tons of waste out of landfills. According to the EPA, that’s far and away the best of any pro sports franchise.