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For the first time in its 87 year history, Fairmount Park is postponing its opening day.

The snow has affected the track surface and Fairmount officials say they need time to make it suitable for thoroughbred competition.

The track will instead open its 2013 season this Friday night March 29th, post time 7:30. .
Monday, 25 March 2013 09:24
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A public memorial service is scheduled today for St. Louis native and Colorado's top prison official, who was shot to death at his home last week.

A private funeral was held yesterday for former Missouri official Tom Clements, according to his obituary in the Colorado Springs Gazette. The man suspected of killing Clements died following a shootout with authorities in Texas.

The 58-year -old Clements was born in St. Louis. He attended Hazelwood High and St. Louis Community College. He graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University and earned a master's degree from the University of Missouri.

Before moving to Colorado in 2011, Clements worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections for 30 years, most recently as director of adult institutions.
Monday, 25 March 2013 07:39
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It probably won't come as a surprise to many in the metro area, but the spring snowstorm that blanketed St. Louis Sunday set a record. It was the deepest one-day snowfall in March according to the National Weather Service.

The official snow total at Lambert Airport was 12.4 inches, beating the old record by three-tenths of an inch, and snow is still falling this morning.

That old record of 12.1 inches dates back to March 24, 1912.
Monday, 25 March 2013 04:47
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Emergency crews have cleared a jack-knifed tractor-trailer on I-270 near Missouri Bottom Road. At least one car was also involved in the crash.

Southbound I-270 was closed for about just over two hours starting just after 4am Monday approaching Highway 370.

There's no word if anyone was injured in the crash.
Monday, 25 March 2013 04:12
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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow can keep letter carriers from delivering a message: stopping Saturday mail delivery is a bad idea. Despite Sunday's snow storm, letter carriers rallied outside the main post office in downtown St. Louis.

U.S. Postal Service officials have announced plans to end Saturday mail delivery in an effort to cut $2 billion in costs. But the letter carriers argue that USPS will also lose business if Saturday mail delivery is stopped.

Sunday's rally in St. Louis was one of dozens across the country staged by the postal workers' union as part of their National Day of Action.
Monday, 25 March 2013 01:32
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A tractor-trailer fire caused delays for drivers along Interstate 44 in the City of St. Louis overnight.

Crews had to closed eastbound I-44 at Vandeventer just before midnight while emergency crews worked to contain it. The right two lanes reopened about 12:30 a.m. but the left lane remained closed.

It's not clear what sparked the fire, but the tractor and trailer appear to be total losses. Both have burned down to their metal frames.

There's no word of any injuries.
Monday, 25 March 2013 00:36
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The sponsor of a bill that would allow marijuana use for medical purposes says the measure is just "one or two" votes short of passage in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Lou Lang says he's close to getting the support he needs for the four-year pilot program. The Skokie Democrat's measure would allow patients with specific medical conditions to obtain marijuana.
Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:58
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The all clear was given to staff at KOMU-TV to return to the station after there was a threat of its tower toppling from heavy snow.

Heavy snow and high winds were considered dangerous by station engineers on its nearby tower. Staff members were cleared from the building around 10am Sunday as a precaution.

This interrupted their coverage of he storm that is blanketing the area.
Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:28
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For up to the minute traffic information in the St. Louis metro area, check the KTRS.com traffic tab.

Drivers traveling into other parts of Missouri and Illinois can get information about road conditions from both state's transportation departments.

Missouri drivers can find updated road conditions at the MoDOT website.

Illinois drivers should check the Getting Around Illinois website.

Interstates in the immediate St. Louis area were still partially snow-covered at 3:00 a.m. Monday, but continue to improve.
Sunday, 24 March 2013 14:01
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Winter Storm Virgil hit the entire region hard on Sunday.

By 4:50 PM, areas like O'Fallon, St. Peters, St. Charles, and Florissant, Missouri were all reporting over 10" of snow. That total is expected to continue to rise overnight, with the possibility of another inch on Monday.

MoDOT officials urge drivers to remain cautious through the Monday morning rush.

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The entire area is under either a Winter Storm Warning or Advisory until midnight Sunday. Snow has been falling very quickly along with blowing snow, making travel hazardous. Winds are 10-30mph. The Missouri Department of Transportation had 200 crews out overnight preparing roads for icy conditions. Snow crews with IDOT have been doing the same.

Snowfall totals will be greater in the northern sections of the listening area. 2"-4" is expected in southern counties, up to 8" in the metro area, with up to 11" in northern counties.

Lambert Airport is also under a Winter Storm Warning. As of 11:15 AM 38 Arriving flights have been canceled. 40 Departing flights have been canceled.

Snow flurries could continue until Monday morning. School closings are posted here on our website on our home page.

Tune into the Big 550 for weather updates starting at 5am with Farmer Dave Schumacher and then through morning drive with McGraw in the Morning. Tim Wilund will provide continuous traffic updates, Fox 2 Meteorologist Glenn Zimmerman with your weather and the KTRS News team providing conditions from around the listening area for your Monday morning and afternoon commute.

To report a power outage in Missouri or Illinois, call the following numbers: Ameren Illinois: 1-800-755-5000 Ameren Missouri: 1-800-552-7583
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