A wetlands restoration project, which will help improve the habitat for migratory birds and waterfowl in both Illinois and Missouri, has received a grant and matching funds totaling $3-million. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $1 million in funding for a project to protect and restore almost 2,900 acres of breeding, migration and winter habitat in southwestern Illinois and St. Charles County, Mo. The oversight company, Ducks Unlimited for Bottomlands of the Great Rivers, and its partners, will provide more than $2 million in matching money. Residential and commercial development has hurt wetlands and caused erosion and runoff. The project will focus on the Big Muddy River Bottoms and Cache River Basin areas within the Shawnee National Forest and the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
Two men have been arrested this morning in relation to the stabbing death of a North County woman on Sunday. St. Louis County Police arrested a 47 year old and 48 year old man following the homicide investigation of 31 year old Shrelia Barnes. Barnes was attacked near Chambers and Duke in North County yesterday. Officers responded to Christian Northeast Hospital at about 3 o'clock Sunday morning after the injured woman was dropped off by two unknown individuals. She died shortly thereafter. During the investigation, one of the two individuals who had dropped Barnes off at the hospital returned and spoke with investigators. The stabbing allegedly occurred during an argument between Barnes and the suspects over money. Warrant applications will take place later today. The suspects names will be released if charges are filed.
In response to neighborhood complaints, the St. Louis Board of Public Service will consider revoking a permit held by the Reverend Larry Rice. Reverend Rice operates the New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis where neighbors have complained about the homeless committing crimes. The hearings are in response to a petition from the neighborhood. The first of three hearings on the fate of the homeless shelter will start on Tuesday. Rice claims the shelter is constitutionally protected because it operates as a religious facility.
Gasoline prices trended downward in St. Louis this past week. According to GasBuddy.com, prices have fallen 11.3 cents per gallon, averaging $3.20 a gallon on Sunday. GasBuddy surveys nearly one-thousand gas outlets in St. Louis everyday. The national average has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49 per gallon. Yesterday's prices in St. Louis were 38.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 35.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.