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   The BJC Hospital group is laying off 160 employees from it's 13 hospitals.  

   BJC officals say the lay-offs necessary because of a decline in in-patient care.  The problem, they say, is that people are delaying treatments, some for lack of insurance, others because of high co-pays.

   Layoff notifications started going out Wednesday.  

   Most of those affected work in administrative and management positions.  BJC says those laid off will receive severance pay based on years of service.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 04:16
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   There's new hope for a long-vacant, landmark building in downtown St. Louis.  A Minneapolis developer has bought the St. Louis Arcade Wright building at Eighth and Olive Streets.  

   Dominium Developments paid $9 million dollars for the building, and plans to spend another $100 million to turn the 18 story structure into a retail and residential center.  The plan calls for about 250 apartments and three floors of retail.  

   City officials are working with Dominium to finance the renovations.  

   Work is expected to begin in December.

   This is the second proposal to revitalize the landmark building.  Six years ago a similar plan failed when the developer went belly-up.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:28
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   A 34 year old St. Louis man is facing charges for a hit-and-run accident that sent a pregnant woman and her six year old son to the hospital Monday night.  

   Police say the 23 year old woman and her son were crossing the street near Natural Bridge and North Grand a little after 10:00 p.m. when they were struck. Both were seriously injured.  The woman is eight months pregnant, but her unborn child appears to be unharmed.  

   Menkara Rahman is now charged with leaving that accident scene.  He's jailed on a $35,000 cash-only bond.  

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   Police are looking for a 94 year old St. Peters woman who disappeared Wednesday afternoon.  

   Police say Ellen McCurter left her home in the first block of El Dorado Drive to go to a grocery store off Mid Rivers Mall Drive about 4 p.m. and hasn't been seen since.  McCurter was last seen driving away in her silver 2002 Chrysler Town and Country van with Missouri handicapped plates: A-G-3-9-G.  

   Her family tells police she doesn't have any special medical issues or a history of wandering.  

   Anyone with information is asked to call St. Peters Police at 636-278-2222.

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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state's deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump, The Associated Press has learned.

   The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800 million dollar a year plan is necessary to get a toehold on needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails.

   The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19 cents per gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax. It would add about 14 cents to today's price of a gallon of gas.

   Coalition co-chairman Doug Whitley laid out the plan for the AP in advance of making it public.

   The proposal would also increase vehicle licensing fees.

   Bill Fleishli of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association says the fuel tax would hurt business.

 
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Wednesday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney announced charges against a suspect in one Tuesday night shooting.

Davonta Coleman faces several charges after allegedly shooting six people outside of a north St. Louis home around 10:30 Tuesday night. The victims told police that two cars stopped in front of the house and Coleman got out of one vehicle and started shooting.

The incident could be the result of a dispute between two families, but the investigation continues. 

 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:43
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UPDATE at 4:05 PM: Police say that James Moon was last seen Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln County, MO. Officers believe he could be trying to get to Iowa.

 

A St. Charles County family is asking for help to find an elderly man who has been missing for a day.

81-year-old James Moon has been missing since 5:30 Tuesday morning. He was last seen at his house near Highway Y in O'Fallon, Missouri. Moon suffers from dementia and is diabetic. His family says he is does not drive and is probably disoriented.

Moon is 5'10" and weighs 140 pounds. He could be wearing blue jeans and a khaki colored cap. It is possible he is trying to hitchhike to his old home in Ste. Genevieve.

Anyone with information should call the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department at 636-949-0809.

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Mizzou is looking for a new Chancellor. Brady Deaton announced he will leave the position effective November 15.

Deaton became chancellor in 2004 and will continue to serve as chancellor emeritus. The school has not named a successor.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:37
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St. Louis start-up companies will soon have new resources available to help them succeed.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that local governments and private groups are starting work to create a $100 million fund to help area start-ups. The Wall Street Journal, the region trails behind the rest of the country in funding for start-ups. Missouri ranks 34th in venture-capital dollars awarded last year.

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In part two of our four part Sustainability Series, we look at how a competition winner is tackling the problem of vacant lots.

Experts say St. Louis City could have as many as 20,000 vacant lots. Washington University's Sustainable Land Lab Competition put out the call for teams to come up with unique ways to combat the problem.

Out of the nearly 50 teams that submitted plans to the competition four winners were chosen. The winning groups got $5,000 dollars of seed money to start their projects and a two-year lease on a vacant lot. The Sunflower+ Project was one of the winners and they have a unique idea on how to beautify vacant lots and improve the environment.

"We're planting a field of sunflowers," says Project Lead and Washington University lecturer Donald Koster. He tells KTRS News the sunflower is known as a "hyper-accumulator"--a group of plants that take contaminants out of the soil. Koster says sunflowers have been used to clean up heavy damaged land, "Most notably for me in my research was the use of them in Chernobyl and Fukishima, following the tsunami, to clean up radioactive isotopes."

There is no guarantee on how the sunflowers will perform, but experimentation is at the heart of the land lab competition. The sunflowers are already a foot tall and you can stop by the field at the corner of Warren and 14th Street in North St. Louis.

Tomorrow, we look at a competition that gives city residents the chance to win money to improve their neighborhood.

 

Part one of the series can be found here.

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