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  • St. Charles County shipping out personal property assessments

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Charles County is going the extra step to help residents prepare to pay bills. The office of St. Charles County Assessor Scott Shipman wants to make sure their residents understand notices they just sent out to the public. “Annually, on personal property, we like to make sure we alert citizen of any value change on personal property,” Shipman said. That means if someone has added a vehicle or changed something with their “account value” with any […]

  • Mizzou Beta Theta Pi members raise money for fraternity house workers

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State received national headlines for a deadly hazing incident in February. But in Columbia, the Mizzou chapter is getting positive press for helping change some lives. Beta Theta Pi at Mizzou is all about family. So when Scott Young, the Beta Theta Pi house cook, received bad news about his wife, the young men jumped into action. “What they did was raise $10,000 for me and my wife. She had […]

  • Local venues taking note of security following Manchester bombing

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Following Monday’s terror attack at a Manchester, England concert, a few of the concert venues in the St. Louis area, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater and The Pageant, said they won’t change their security protocol from what they’re currently doing, but were always looking to improve if possible. What happened in Manchester, England can happen anywhere, but Captain Scott Will of the Maryland Heights Police Department feels like the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater is as secure as a venue […]

  • Mid-America Airport finds new success as cargo station

    MASCOUTAH, IL (KPLR) – Once called the “White Elephant” and “Gateway to Nowhere,” Mid-America Airport in Mascoutah is making a new name for itself, with 200,000 customers and increased revenue. While you’re sleeping, one of the world’s largest cargo planes has been making stops at Mid-America Airport. The facility is starting to cash in on cargo. “We had the N-124 here from Volga-Dnepr (Airlines). They came by flying a unique air cargo, saying we have a pickup from Perryville. A […]

  • Longtime Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman to retire

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – For the last 16 years, Sgt. Al Nothum has served as the spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. But he’s retiring June 13. As Nothum inches closer to retirement, he’s trying not to count the days. He respects the job, but said now is the right time to move on. “It’s been an amazing career,” Nothum said. “I loved the patrol. They have taken care of me, so it’s with mixed emotions I leave […]

  • Stenger requests state audit of St. Louis County Council over bridge projects

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is asking for a state audit of the county council’s process in awarding road and bridge projects. He wants two bridges repaired and his name cleared of any conflict of interest. Pledging transparency, Stenger asked Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway to conduct a comprehensive audit. “I would like the audit to be conducted as timely as possible, because I’m concerned of the role politics play in the process is […]

  • St. Louis property values rising; so are the taxes

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis City property values are going up and so are the taxes. The City Assessor Fred Dunlap said St. Louis is simply responding to the market. Approximately 55,000 parcels of residential and commercial real estate in the city saw an average increase in value of seven to nine percent since the last assessment in 2015. “Of those 55,000, we had 17,000 that increased by 15 percent or more,” Dunlap said. He also said statewide assessments […]

  • Fidget spinners becoming too much of a distraction in classrooms, say teachers

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Fidget spinners have become quite the craze with kids in recent months. Originally designed to help kids in the classroom, questions are arising as to whether they help or hurt students. It spins, it’s active, it makes motion and, when taken to school, a fidget spinner can be downright distracting. “As a teacher, I’m starting to be over them a little bit,” said Amy Rich, third grade teacher at Reed Elementary. Rich said the fidget spinners […]

  • Fidget spinners becoming too much of a distraction in classrooms, say teachers

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Fidget spinners have become quite the craze with kids in recent months. Originally designed to help kids in the classroom, questions are arising as to whether they help or hurt students. It spins, it’s active, it makes motion and, when taken to school, a fidget spinner can be downright distracting. “As a teacher, I’m starting to be over them a little bit,” said Amy Rich, third grade teacher at Reed Elementary. Rich said the fidget spinners […]

  • Boeing selects St. Louis to build new T-X jets; may support 1,800 jobs

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Boeing announced Monday plans to manufacture new Air Force TX training jets in St. Louis, provided the military branch chooses Boeing for the project. The contract would bring 1,800 direct and indirect jobs to the St. Louis area. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and Senator Claire McCaskill were at the announcement to help break the good news. “It’s a fantastic project and incredible opportunity, not just for Missouri, but for the country to have Boeing win this. […]

  • Chesterfield police offering house check service for vacationing residents

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – Vacation season is just about here and Chesterfield police are trying to help residents when they’re gone. Chesterfield police want the public to know that they offer a program called Vacation House Checks. “If they’re leaving on vacation, they’ll contact our police department through our website or call us directly and give us dates when they’re gone, and we provide the service of checking the house while they are gone,” said Sgt. Keith Rider, Chesterfield Police […]

  • Crestwood Mall redevelopers hope to have shops, apartments open by late 2018

    CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – For more than 40 years, the Crestwood Mall served its community. But now it’s all been brought down, piece by piece. The only thing still standing as of Tuesday is about a third of the old Macy’s structure. “It’s been a longtime coming,” Pam Wucher, project manager for the Crestwood redevelopment. “We’ve been working hard for six to eight months.” Wucher said the 47-acre space is long and narrow and will be transformed into something extremely […]