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Poplar Street Bridge resurfacing planned after Labor Day

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:07 Published in Around Town

   Missouri Transportation officials say they will apply another temporary surface to Poplar Street Bridge.  

   Deanna Venker, MoDOT's area engineer for the city told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday that the paving work is expected to take two weekends and will begin after Labor Day.

   Even with the lane restrictions that come along with paving projects, the announcement should be good news for drivers, who've suffered all summer with pavement that's so bad, the metal surface of the bridge deck is exposed in several spots.  Venker says the exposed metal is a driving hazard because it becomes slippery in rain and snow. 

   Venker says the bridge surface is in such bad condition because crews have had trouble getting surface materials to stick to the metal box structure.  Officials hope the new pavement will last two to four years.  

   After the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opens, they expect to make more permanent repairs as part of a bridge widening project.  

   Illinois remains the state with the fourth highest number of high school students participating in sports.  

   The latest figures compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations show more than 7.7 million students nationally, and more than 330,000 in Illinois, participated in sports during the 2012-2013 school year. That's more than ever before.  

   Only Texas, California and New York ranked higher on the survey than the Land of Lincoln.

Metro-east teen pleads guilty to having explosives

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:58 Published in Local News

   A metro-east teen could spend ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing explosive devices in his home.

   Thomas Lee Stanton is 18 years old. He was a student at O'Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis Tuesday to unlawfully possessing destructive devices.

   Local, state and federal authorities had searched his Lebanon, Illinois home and found bomb-making equipment. Stanton admitted in court that he had "cricket" bombs made from carbon-dioxide cartridges, two Molotov cocktails and other explosive making materials, including fuses and explosive powder.

   The high school had been put on lockdown during the search.  Portions of the school were also searched.

   Stanton faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 13.

 

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