Area transportation officials are trying to make it as easy as possible for fans to travel into downtown St. Louis for the Cardinals and Blues games today. The Redbirds open postseason play at Busch Stadium with a 4:07 first pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Blues open their regular season against the Nashville Predators with a 7:30 faceoff at Scottrade Center.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers heading eastbound on Interstate 70 they now have the option of taking the new Tucker Boulevard exit ramp and following the new section of Tucker into downtown. The Pine Street entrance to westbound Interstate 64/40 opened on Wednesday. MODOT also says it will not have any work zones in the city of St. Louis prior to the games.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will postpone westbound lane restrictions on Interstate 64 and Interstate 55/70 in the Metro East until 8 p.m.
And Metro transit spokeswoman Patti Beck says the agency will have extra staff on duty today and will be prepared to add MetroLink trains should there be signs of crowding.
Extra MetroLink staff will be on hand today and tomorrow (Thurs/Fri) to assist with baseball crowds. Additional service will be added as necessary, according to a representative from the Bi-State Development Agency.
"With the Cards game potentially ending around the same time as the Blues home opener game is scheduled to begin tomorrow night, we will be watching the situation very closely and adjusting MetroLink service as necessary," Bi-State Development Agency Spokeswoman Patti Beck wrote in an email.
The only additional bus service will be the St. Clair County Redbird Express, which brings fans from Illinois to Thursday and Friday's games.
There's more fallout from the St. Clair County Courts scandal.
A metro-east man who was supposed to be sentenced on a murder conviction yesterday is instead getting a new trial.
Twenty-nine-year-old William Cosby had been convicted in April of shooting a man to death outside an East St. Louis nightclub.
Yesterday, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida ordered a new trial. The problem? Cosby's trial judge had been Michael Cook, who is now facing drug and weapons charges.
Cosby's attorneys argued that it had been unfair that prosecutors had known Cook was being investigated and the defense had not. Judge Haida agreed.
Cosby remains in the St. Clair County Jail on a million dollar bond while he awaits that new trial.
Despite the federal shutdown that has closed hundreds of National Parks Service sites, World War II veterans from St. Louis were able to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. yesterday.
It was initially feared the veterans, on Honor Flights from Missouri and Illinois, many in their nineties, wouldn't be allowed to view the memorial because of the shutdown.
On Tuesday, images of vets stepping past ribbons and barricades to access the site garnered negative national attention. But yesterday, 29 local veterans were welcomed by Park Service rangers at the site.
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A Branson attraction will end a 54-year run this month when "The Shepherd of the Hills" is performed for the last time this month.
The owners of Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre said Wednesday the play's last performance will take place October 19th. The outdoor drama was first staged in 1960.
Each production involves more than 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep and the burning of a cabin. The play is based on Harold Bell Wright's 1907 book about coming to the Ozarks homestead where the drama is set.
The owners cited declining attendance, rising costs and the federal health care overhaul as reasons for the closing. Summer tours of Old Matt's Cabin, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, will continue to be offered.
A metro-east nursing home will appeal a citation by the state license authority over it's handling of a resident who refused to submit to a fingerprint background check.
The Illinois Department of Public Health Wednesday ruled that the staff at the Lebanon Care Center acted improperly when they left 56 year old Thomas Hearty sitting in his wheelchair outside the Flying J truck stop in Alorton.
Nursing home officials told the Belleville News-Democrat that they couldn't legally admit him without the background check and Hearty had asked them to take him to the truck stop because it was near a relative's home.
Hearty eventually agreed to the background check and was admitted to the Lebanon, Illinois nursing home.
Petersen Health Care, which owns the nursing home, plans to appeal the health department's citation.
Some St. Louis cable TV customers may be disappointed Friday when they try to tune in to watch the Cardinal's second NLDS game against the Pirates. That's because it won't be available for most customers with basic cable.
The 1:00 p.m. game will air on MLB Network, which isn't available to everyone. Charter customers will need a cable box and the select tier or higher subscription. AT&T subscribers with the two highest-level tiers get MLB. DirectTV customers must have a choice tier or better to see the game. And Dish Network subscribers will need at least a top 200 package or a separate sports package.
Viewers can check with their television providers to find out if MLB Network is included in their subscription, or check MLB's local listings at: www.FindMLBNetwork.com.
An elderly man from north St. Louis county who has Alzheimer's is still missing.
82-year-old R.V. Mandrell wandered away from his home in the 1700 block of New Jamestown around 7:30 Tuesday morning. Mandrell is described as a white man about five-and-a-half feet tall, weighing 155 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt and shorts when he went missing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Louis County Police.
Charges are filed against a man accused of lighting a dog on fire.
A north St. Louis resident came home in late August to find that his dog, a pit bull named Zeus, was missing. The owner's neighbor called police to say he found Zeus badly burned in the back yard. The Humane Society took Zeus and was forced to put the dog down due to the severity of the burning.
Prosecutors say Wesley Reid attacked the dog. Investigators examined Reid's phone and discovered he was in the area at the time of the attack and he sent text messages indicating he planned on burning the dog.
Reid faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 19-year-old Ballwin man faces multiple charges in connection with the robbery and beating of six University of Missouri-St. Louis students near campus.
Tremayne Jamaal Valdez is charged with four felony counts of robbery, five counts of armed criminal action and one count each of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police say Valdez and two others attacked the students as they walked on Natural Bridge Road near its intersection with North Hanley Road on Sept. 6 in Bel-Nor.
KMOV-TV reports that two other men also face charges related to the attack. Police said the suspects were caught on camera taking credit cards, cash and cellphones from the students.
Valdez remains jailed on a $150,000 cash-only bond. Online court records don't identify his attorney.