For now Old Slave Road,a private street in Wildwood, will retain its name.
The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports a city council committee is recommending that the town keep Old Slave Road as the name of a private street. The city council has the final say.
Wildwood’s Administration/Public Works Committee voted 6-1 last week to keep the name.
One resident, Karen Fox, who lives on Old Slave Road, filed paperwork in October to change the name to Elijah Madison Lane.
Some have said the Old Slave Road name honors the area’s history and the black families who lived there descendants of slaves who came to the area from Virginia in 1837. Others find the name offensive.
Rockwood school district Superintendent Bruce Borchers is taking a salary cut to leave the district for a school district in Tennessee. The Rockwood School Board will formally accept his resignation at its Thursday meeting.
Rockwoods officials announced Tuesday that Borchers' last day will be June 7th.
Borchers was hired by Rockwood in 2010. Since then he's faced controversy over the hiring of consultants, the district’s relationship with a construction management firm, a failed bond measure last year and a scathing state audit of the district in February.
The organization spearheading the effort to revamp the grounds around the Gateway Arch say the project is progressing well.
In it's third "report to the community," presented Tuesday night, CityArchRiver detailed MoDOT's construction time line for the planned "lid" over the I-70 depressed section. The agency says construction will begin this summer.
The finished "park over the highway" will connect the Arch grounds to downtown St. Louis. Presenters also thanked the audience for passing Proposition P, a sales tax that will be used to help finance the project.
CityArchRiver also released new renderings for the plan to revamp the museum under the Arch. You can see those images on their website.
Just a week after severe storms brought damaging wind and tornadoes to the St. Louis area, the threat of more dangerous weather is in the forecast. Hazelwood residents continue to clean up after a twister ripped through their community last week. But their mayor is hoping they'll now shift focus from patching roofs to preparing for the next round of storms.
Mayor Matthew Robinson says he hopes people heed the warning the next time the tornado sirens sound. "When they do," he said, "obviously you can see what we went through here in Hazelwood. People need to take shelter, because you never know. You never know when that train’s going to be coming.”
The mayor says if temporary tarps are damaged in this next round of storms, there are materials and supplies and volunteers that’ll come out again and help patch them up again.
Meanwhile residents in one storm-battered Hazelwood apartment complex are still trying to recover. That includes Renee Fletcher, who spent Tuesday gathering her things from her damaged apartment before they could be ruined by more bad weather.
Fletcher says some things have already been ruined. "There is significant molding that’s already taking place in the building," she said. "So definitely, you want to get your things out, but it’s not safe for you to be in there anyway."
Fletcher had lived at the Teson Garden Apartments when the tornado struck last week. All nine buildings in the complex were so badly damaged, they've been condemned. Police say residents have until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to collect their belongings. Then the buildings will be closed up for repairs. Two of the buildings may need to be torn down.
Authorities are taking extra security precautions around St. Louis in light of the Boston bombings.
St. Louis Police and Metro Transit authorities say they'd added security measures downtown Tuesday during both the Mayor's inauguration and the Blues game. But they say there have been no specific threats made. The extra measures are precautionary.
There was a stepped up police and security presence both inside and outside Scottrade Center Tuesday night. Hockey fans endured long lines to get inside, passing through extra screenings that included metal detectors and bag searches.
Just before the Blues game against the Vancouver Canucks, the team paid tribute to the Boston victims with a moment of silence.
Metro-east police continue to search for an armed man who held up the National Bank in Alhambra Tuesday afternoon.
The Madison County Sheriff's office reports that the bandit walked in the front door of the bank with a handgun and demanded cash from an employee. The robber took the cash, and then fled on foot.
Authorities locked now the near-by Alhambra Elementary School as a precaution while they searched for the suspect.
He's still at large.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is imploring Missouri residents to lobby their lawmakers in a final push to expand Medicaid coverage for lower-income adults.
The Democratic governor headlined a nearly hour-long rally Tuesday that his administration says drew more than 1,000 people to the Missouri Capitol. It featured business leaders, doctors, pastors and others all lending their support to the Medicaid expansion called for under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Republican legislative leaders have so far refused to expand Medicaid, citing the potential long-term costs to the state.
Tuesday's rally may have done little to change that.
House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka, says a majority of his constituents "do not want us to implement any form of Obamacare."
Missouri legislators have just four weeks remaining in their 2013 session.
An Amber Alert has been issued for the entire state of Illinois.
1-year-old Bryeon Hunter was taken Tuesday by three Hispanic men, driving a two door black sports car.
Bryeon is a black boy, about 2 feet tall, and weighing about 30 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue striped long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and blue and brown Nike boots.
Bryeon was taken from Maywood in the city of Chicago.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Maywood Police Department at 708.450.4471
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Parents could give up newborn babies without legal consequences 45 days after birth under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri Senate.
The measure endorsed Tuesday increases parents' "safe harbor" period from the current five-day window.
Parents of newborns can currently hand over a baby to medical professionals, firefighters, emergency medical technicians or law enforcement. The legislation would add pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes to that list.
Sponsoring Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Republican from Kansas City, says his measure would help protect children from being abused or neglected by parents unfit to care for their child.
His bill also includes a provision requiring students attending a public university to be vaccinated for meningitis if they live in on-campus housing and do not have religious objections.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - SSM Health Care, one of the largest Catholic health care providers in the U.S., plans to purchase the Dean Health Systems group in Wisconsin.
The merger announced Tuesday is pending approval of Dean physician shareholders and regulators. SSM says the transaction could be complete by this summer. Terms were not disclosed.
St. Louis-based SSM is a non-profit organization with 18 hospitals and other health care operations in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
Dean Health Systems is a Madison, Wis.-based physician-owned organization with more than 60 clinics, plus eye care and pharmacy operations. It already partners with SSM for the Dean Health Plan insurance provider in Wisconsin.