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Baby elephant at STL zoo named by voters

Monday, 06 May 2013 11:09 Published in Local News

The results are in and voters have named the St. Louis Zoo's newest edition. 

Nearly 54-thousand votes were submitted for the zoo’s “Name the Baby Elephant” poll and the name Priya emerged the winner with 15,777 – or 29.4 percent – of the votes.  Runner-up was Willow followed by Violet, Cai and Harper. 

 Priya weighed in at 251 pounds when she was born at the zoo on April 26. She’s the third daughter for Ellie, and the fourth daughter for 20-year-old Raja.

Raja was the first elephant ever born at the St. Louis Zoo.

The zoo’s elephant care team initially selected five female names—Priya, Cai, Harper, Violet and Willow - and asked the public to vote for their favorites on the zoo’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts or through ballots submitted on site.

Runner-up Willow received 13,311 votes and Violet received 12,508 votes. Cai came in fourth with 7,006 votes and Harper 5,084.

Priya has yet to make her debut to the public.

Meth lab blamed on fire, injuries to suspect

Monday, 06 May 2013 11:05 Published in Local News

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - A 22-year-old Farmington, Missouri man is badly burned, and may face criminal charges, after a fire at his apartment was blamed on a methamphetamine lab.

The Daily Journal reports that the fire broke out last week in Farmington. A man in the apartment suffered serious burns to his face and arms.

Witnesses contacted police early Wednesday after seeing burning clothes on the sidewalk and a nude man running from the scene. The man was not found immediately but was eventually tracked down in St. Louis, where he sought treatment at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Inside the burned apartment, police found equipment that appeared to be remnants of a meth lab.

Police are planning to charge the man with first-degree arson.

 

   

"Safer roads" initiative kicks off in St. Louis

Monday, 06 May 2013 09:27 Published in Local News

Cyclists and drivers in St. Louis are being asked to do their part to make our roads safer.  

Monday morning local leaders kicked off the "Safe Roads for All" initiative. It's a call for drivers and cyclists to follow the rules of the road. 

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says St. Louis ranks 2nd in the state when it comes to cycling-related deaths.

It was a year ago when Susan Scott's son Sam was killed while riding his bicycle. "He was killed by a drunk driver february 2012 coming home from work...it was his main mode of transport."

Sam is among many millenials, young people 25-35 years old, who choose  to use their bicycle as their main mode of transportation. The safe roads initiative is a cooperative effort by the people at Trailnet, MODOT, METRO and city police.

 Ann Mack, CEO of Trailnet; Ed Hassinger, MoDOT's District Engineer for St. Louis region; John Nations, President & CEO of Bi-State Development Agency – the parent company of Metro Transit; Chief Sam Dotson, Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis and mother Susan Scott,  whose son was hit and killed by a drunk driver last year while commuting on his bicycle all stressed the need for cyclists and pedestrians need to understand that they have primary responsibility for their own safety. They said the  motoring public also has a responsibility to share the road in a safe and courteous manner with these vulnerable road users.

 Trailnet and MoDOT then lead a group of cyclists on a safety ride downtown.  Metro Transit workers lead a group of pedestrians over to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station to take the train downtown. 

   

 

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