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Fire fighters will be on the scene through much of the night after a 4-alarm fire destroyed most of a warehouse in downtown St. Louis.

 

A spokesman for the fire department says the fire has been contained, but crews will remain on site to cool off any hot spots. The blaze began around 11:30 this morning at the Servco warehouse just south of the Poplar Street Bridge. Everyone in the building was able to evacuate safely. The fire sent plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles. The top two floors of the building collapsed. At the height of the blaze more than 80 firefighters were on scene.

 

No word on what caused the fire.

St. Louis group seeks out the homeless in cold

Monday, 16 December 2013 07:04 Published in Around Town

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The onset of cold weather means that volunteers with Winter Outreach in St. Louis have sprung into action.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the grassroots organization offers eight temporary shelters with a combined 100 beds or so to help the homeless when the temperatures turn cold.

Volunteers drive and walk around the city and St. Louis County, seeking out those in need of shelter. The organization also shuttles people to shelters from the Bridge, a feeding program at Centenary United Methodist Church downtown.

The Housing Resource Center in St. Louis said that 14,155 people requested shelter through the city and St. Louis County through the end of November, but nearly three-fourths of them were unable to be referred to an open space.

Budget deal may signal era of tiny achievements

Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:54 Published in National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislative leaders are calling the modest budget deal a bipartisan breakthrough even as they agree it does little.

But several Washington insiders warn against assuming that it will be followed by progress on other issues such as immigration.

Here's what Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas says: "I don't think that's what this was about."

House approval of the budget deal marked a rare cease-fire between Democrats and Republicans. But the main purpose was to prevent a repeat of last fall's government shutdown.

Some activists say there's no obvious follow-up to what the White House calls a "good first step."

Some Republicans say the budget deal will just make it easier for them to focus criticism on their favorite target — President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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