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Note for drivers who might be stuck on EB I-44 at mile marker 107--which is near the Conway Marshfield exit.
A multi-vehicle accident has shut down all lanes of the highway. There is no detour at this time, all local routes are snow-covered. MoDOT is encouraging drivers to leave the interstate and find warm shelter.
The accident is expected to be cleared sometime before 4 PM.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Classes at Southern Illinois University are canceled because of a storm that's left a slick layer of ice under several inches of snow, with more wintry weather on the way.
WSIU Radio reports that some services at the 18,000-student Carbondale university were to remain open Friday, including dining services for students, the Morris Library and the student recreation center.
University administrators called off Friday's classes because of questionable driving conditions.
National Weather Service forecasters say parts of the region could get a foot of snow by the time a storm moves through the region.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.
Good news if you can't wait for baseball to return.
The Cardinals have put ticket packs on sale for the 2014 season. Single-game all-inclusive tickets are available for several areas in the stadium. Complimentary food and beverages are included in the price of each All-Inclusive ticket, which start at $50 each. There are also five-game and ten-game ticket packets available.
Tickets can be purchased at the Cardinals website or by calling 314-345-9000.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to incentives for Boeing to assemble to a new passenger airplane in the St. Louis area.
The House voted 127-20-2 Friday for the legislation that authorizes as much as $1.7 billion of incentives over more than two decades for Boeing to produce the 777X jetliner. The legislation passed the Senate on Wednesday by a 23-8 vote.
Now it's up to Boeing to decide whether Missouri's offer is good enough.
Boeing sought proposals from more than a dozen locations after a machinists union in Washington state rejected a proposed contract last month.
Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session in order to increase the amount of incentives Missouri could offer. Missouri's proposed incentives are linked to the number of jobs created.
Job growth and regional cooperation appear to be the themes of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's re-election campaign.
Dooley was flanked by local Democratic leaders and labor representatives last night when he formally kicked off his bid for a fourth term. Congressman William "Lacy" Clay, County Assessor Jake Zimmerman and former and current St. Louis mayors Vincent Schoemehl and Francis Slay were on hand to show their support for the Dooley candidacy. UAW Local 2250 President Van Simpson told Fox 2 News, "He's good for the region. He's good for the economic growth of the area."
Dooley will face fellow Democrat, County Councilman Steve Stenger in the August primary.
Stenger released the following statement Thursday night:
"I look forward to discussing the issues with Mr. Dooley over the next several months including my plan to restore trust, credibility and a AAA bond rating to St. Louis County."
The County lost it's AAA rating under Dooley's leadership, but the county executive says that was because of a change in the rating system.
Dooley responded to Stenger's statement by saying that no one can hold an elected office for ten years without something going wrong. He told Fox 2 News, "The key to it is, what do you do about it, in fixing it and correcting that problem? I'm telling you we're going to get on it. We're going to fix it, and we're going to move on."
Lambert Airport announced a plan to make the facility more family-friendly.
Airport officials announced a partnership with The Magic House. They are building a 1,500 square-foot indoor playground in Concourse C. The playground will open in late May. Lambert officials say children will be able to pretend they are flying a plane or work in a control tower, among other activities.
The playground will be funded through donations.
Another man has died in the latest spat of violence in north St. Louis.
Just after 1 PM a man was shot in the head near Fairground park. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. Overnight, two men were shot in the head in separate incidents. One of those victims died. Last night's shooting happened at 9 PM and midnight.
No word on any suspects in any of the shootings.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former Missouri football players are suing the NCAA in federal court over head injuries they suffered decades ago, joining a cascade of recent lawsuits against college sports' governing body related to traumatic brain injuries.
Tony Van Zant and Sharron Washington filed the suit Tuesday. Both played for Missouri from 1987 to 1991. Van Zant is now running backs coach at Division II Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Both say they suffer headaches, depression and other ailments. The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring and testing for former college players with similar head injuries and didn't advance to the NFL.
Similar lawsuits have been filed in recent months in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Tennessee by ex-players from schools such as Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Oregon and Vanderbilt.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Texan who led one of the country's largest universities has been hired as the University of Missouri's new chancellor.
R. Bowen Loftin, former president of Texas A&M, succeeds Brady Deaton, who retired in November after overseeing the Columbia campus since 2004.
Missouri announced his hiring Thursday.
The 64-year-old Loftin stepped down as Texas A&M University's president in July after leading his alma mater for four years. He had planned to remain in College Station to direct an academic institute focused on homeland defense.
Loftin earned his doctorate from Rice University and spent four years as the vice president and chief executive officer of Texas A&M's branch campus in Galveston.
Texas A&M and Missouri both joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012 after leaving the Big 12 Conference together.