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Storms wash out private road near Leslie

Residents living on a privately-owned road near Leslie are looking for solutions after recent rain washed out the road and cut off access to their homes. A normally small stream destroyed part of Jaudon Road during storms on May 19. After repairs were made, it again washed out the road May 21. Mandy Corum, who has lived on the dirt and gravel road for 12 years, said the seven families who live on the road were able to put in a makeshift low-water crossing, but it is only usable by large trucks and vehicles with four-wheel drive. Smaller cars are unable to use the crossing.
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2 St. Louis area school districts train and arm teachers

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, safety is top of mind for school districts across the country, as well as here in the St. Louis area. Missouri is one of ten or so states that allow school districts to train and arm school personnel.
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MoDOT officials warn that costs for road construction are exploding

The cost of planned construction on Highway 30 east of St. Clair has ballooned by 33 percent in one year. And it’s not the only project seeing price hikes. The 31.4-mile project includes improvements from near the intersection with Interstate 44 on the west end, to the intersection with Highway PP in High Ridge on the east end. The work, scheduled to start in 2023, includes replacing two bridges, pavement resurfacing, guardrail upgrades and pedestrian improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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MU leaders discuss workforce needs on statewide tour stop in Union

Three area leaders discussed workforce development with several University of Missouri deans and senior administrators over lunch May 18 at the Franklin County Family Resource Center. The discussion was part of the MU group’s tour of the east central region of the state. The MU Extension organized the bus tour...
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Honor Flight to take flight for first time since 2020

Don Northington, who served in the U.S. Navy at the tail end of World War II, has been trying to go on an Honor Flight for some time now. Between leading the Washington School District as superintendent, presiding over the chamber of commerce, and the COVID-19 pandemic shutting the program down, the sight-seeing tour of Washington D.C. has taken a backseat for more than a decade.

Environmentalists decry proposed ‘permit lite’ for some Missouri coal ash ponds

A push by Missouri regulators to change permitting requirements for coal ash ponds has environmental groups worried important safeguards will be lifted and toxic chemicals and metals could leach into groundwater with few protections. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking to move some ash ponds from stringent, site-specific permits to the general permit […] The post Environmentalists decry proposed ‘permit lite’ for some Missouri coal ash ponds appeared first on Missouri Independent.

Franklin County motoryclist seriously injured in hit and run crash in eastern Missouri

A Franklin County man is killed in a hit-and-run crash in eastern Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports James Meyer Jr.,54, of Villa Ridge, was riding his motorcycle on the outer Road of I-55 near Arnold Friday evening. The patrol says that when Meyer slowed down, he was hit from behind by a truck driven by Holly Smith, 50, of Arnold, who then fled the scene.

Missouri proposes ‘permit lite’ for leaking coal ash dumps | Opinion

Our environmental safeguards are being decimated by none other than the agency meant to protect us from pollution, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Staff from DNR met secretly with corporations and consulting firms before releasing a proposed rule that would drastically reduce oversight at coal ash dumps by allowing them to continue leaching […] The post Missouri proposes ‘permit lite’ for leaking coal ash dumps | Opinion appeared first on Missouri Independent.
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Two Arrested After Crashing Stolen Vehicle In Union

On 5-19-2022, approximately 7:24 am, Franklin County Deputies, Union Missouri Police Department, Union Fire Protection District and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the area of Old Hwy 50 W and Argyle Estates in Union reference to a leaving the scene of an accident. Upon arrival of law enforcement,...