Lambert Airport will soon have some new tenants...bees.
The St. Louis Airport Authority has approved a three-year lease with Robins Apiaries to keep bee hives on a 400 square foot patch of land near a seldom-used runway. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the airport will collect $75 a year in rent from 76 year old beekeeper Jim Robins.
A plentiful supply of white dutch clover blooming near billion dollar W-1-W project runway drew Robins to the site. The runway opened in 2006, but hasn't seen much traffic since TWA filed for bankruptcy and American Airlines yanked hub status away from Lambert.
Lambert will be the third major US airport to host bee hives. Chicago's O'Hare International and Seattle-Tacoma International both have significant bee operations.
SANDWICH, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say one person is injured after a small home built airplane en route from St. Louis had to make an emergency landing in an unincorporated area outside Chicago.
The (Aurora) Beacon News reports that Kendall County sheriff's police officers were called to the scene just before 11 a.m. Sunday.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the light sport aircraft left a small airport in St. Louis and the pilot reported engine trouble in Illinois. Emergency crews found the plane had made an emergency landing in a field not far from Sandwich.
Both people aboard were taken to a local hospital. One was treated for minor injuries and the other was evaluated.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three people have been killed and two critically injured in a fiery rollover accident in St. Louis.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the accident happened early Saturday. St. Louis police identified the driver as 43-year-old Lydell Templeton of St. Louis. The identities of the other victims weren't immediately released.
Police say Templeton was speeding on Interstate 64 when he lost control of his vehicle. The car collided with the median wall and overturned several times before catching fire.
Four of the five occupants were thrown from the vehicle.
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — A 79-year-old driver has died after crashing into a pedestrian at a St. Louis-area bus stop.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Elizabeth Baylark of St. Louis suffered a "medical condition" Friday before losing control of her car. The vehicle then went off the right side of the road and struck a 21-year-old woman at a bus stop bench.
Baylark was pronounced dead at a Bridgeton hospital. The pedestrian sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a Creve Coeur hospital.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's education system will be the focus of a newly formed state House committee that will consider ways to improve outcomes and better prepare students for college and adulthood.
The House Interim Committee on Education has scheduled its first meeting for next Thursday at the state Capitol. The panel will examine education issues during the summer and fall before lawmakers return in January for their next legislative session. Republican House member Steve Cookson of Poplar Bluff will lead the interim committee.
House Speaker Tim Jones created the new education committee. He says he wants the committee to develop bipartisan solutions that "deemphasize the education bureaucracy" and focus on providing children the best education possible.
Emergency crews have resumed the recovery effort for a woman who fell off a Mississippi River ferry Friday.
Police say the St. Louis County woman fell off the front of the Golden Eagle Ferry. Crews have used sonar, rescue swimmers, and helicopters, but the woman has not been see since she first went under water. After a rescue effort was suspended last night, crews transitioned to a recovery effort Saturday morning.
The Golden Eagle Ferry runs between St. Charles County and Calhoun County in Illinois.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing state employees to keep guns in their vehicles.
Nixon described his signature of the legislation Friday as an expansion of gun rights. But the Democratic governor also vetoed a much broader bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature that would have declared some federal gun control laws void and allowed criminal charges against federal agents who tried to enforce those gun laws.
The bill Nixon signed lets state workers keep guns in their cars while on property owned or leased by the state.
It also allows fire chiefs with concealed-gun permits and special approval to carry weapons on the job.
And it bars governments from running gun-buyback programs unless those guns are later offered for sale or trade to licensed firearm dealers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The organization that runs the Edward Jones Dome has made it official: The facility will not get a publicly funded $700 million upgrade that the St. Louis Rams requested.
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission President Kathleen Ratcliffe informed the Rams of the decision in a letter dated Tuesday.
It was no surprise. After arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rams' plan over a much more modest CVC proposal, the CVC said in February it was unlikely to implement the plan.
The decision allows the Rams to break their lease with the dome after the 2014 season, creating the possibility that the Rams could leave St. Louis.
The team's offices were closed Friday for the long Fourth of July holiday and a spokesman was unreachable.
Leaders of the St. Charles County's Francis Howell School District plan a public meeting next week to discuss the transfer of students from the Normandy School District to Francis Howell schools. The unaccredited Normandy School District has decided to pay to send its students who want to transfer to Francis Howell schools. The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 11 at the Francis Howell Central High School gym.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The latest round of flooding on the Mississippi River is starting to wind down.
Persistent rains since late winter have led to three rounds of flooding on the Mississippi since April. The river has crested at many locations in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri in recent days and is on the way down.
A few places south of St. Louis have not yet seen crests, but the river is expected to reach only slightly above flood stage in towns like Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Chester, Ill.
By Friday, the Mississippi was still more than 4 feet above flood stage in Burlington, Iowa, Quincy, Ill., and Hannibal, Mo., but dropping. No significant problems were occurring.
The river should be within its banks by mid-July.