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Colin Jeffery

Colin Jeffery

MoDOT warns drivers of blowing snow, low temperatures today

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 14:12 Published in Local News

Crews on both sides of the river continue their work to clear the roads.

 

MoDOT is asking any motorists who hit the roads today, to use extra caution. Conditions have improved most on major highways, but most state routes are still covered or partly covered with snow or ice. MoDOT officials say crews will continue to work on a 24-hour schedule. Drivers are being warned that blowing snow and dropping temperatures will cause conditions to deteriorate this evening.

 

The lower the temperature drops, the less effective salt becomes. Crews will be adding abrasive materials--such as sand--to the salt, to provide drivers increased traction.

 

You can check road conditions at modot.org.

UPDATE: Power back on after Soulard gas explosion

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:52 Published in Local News

   The power is back on for Soulard residents who live near a building that exploded Wednesday afternoon at Shenandoah and Menard.  

   An AT&T subcontractor was installing fiber optic cable for the Stars Design Group when they hit a gas main. Employees smelled gas just after 1 p.m. and called the fire department. About a dozen people were evacuated minutes before a series of blasts.  

   Both gas and electric were turned off for 22 nearby buildings while gas crews worked to cap the line.  Fire officials brought in a warming bus for people who were evacuated.

   The lights are now back on in the neighborhood.  And about midnight, Laclede Gas crews were going door-to-door, relighting pilot lights as gas service was restored.  

   There were no reports of injuries.

 

Senate panel blocks MU curator appointment

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:37 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate committee has blocked one of Gov. Jay Nixon's nominees to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
 
The motion to endorse Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder failed Wednesday on a 5-5 vote.
 
Ponder was first tapped by Nixon for the post in January 2013. The Senate did not act on his nomination last year, but Nixon reappointed Ponder in June and he has been serving on the board since then.
 
It was Ponder's previous position in state government, however, that concerned members of the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee. Ponder previously served on the State Board of Education, where senators say he made controversial decisions to implement education standards and a school funding law.
 
Ponder declined to comment on the vote.

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