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“Operation Protect” puts extra troopers near work zones

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Highway Patrol is stepping up efforts Thursday to try and keep the work zone around the Boone Bridge in Chesterfield safe.

It’s called Operation “P.R.O.T.E.C.T.” and it’s all about putting extra troopers around the bridge to catch drivers violating work zone safety laws.

The effort is all about putting extra troopers around the Boone Bridge to catch drivers violating work zone safety laws.

MoDOT is doing a major construction project on the bridge that will eventually result in part of the bridge being brand new.

The Highway Patrol says from 8:00am to 4:00pm Thursday there will be seven troopers focusing on the construction zone near the bridge on both sides of the Missouri River.

The troopers will be using a zero tolerance approach to violations like speeding and following too close.

Imo’s Day proclaimed in St. Louis & St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Clay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley proclaimed Tuesday, Imo’s Day in St. Louis. The proclamations were presented to Ed and Margie Imo at the Imo’s franchise meeting that was held at the Glazier’s Hall in St. Louis.

The proclamation honored Imo’s 50 years in business in St. Louis City and County.

Fort Zumwalt students could face child porn charges

ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI)– A child pornography investigation is underway in St. Charles County and the suspects are teenagers.

The St. Peters police department confirms that they have confiscated the cell phones from some students at Fort Zumwalt East High School.

Authorities say the principal learned earlier this week that some students took nude selfies and texted the pictures to other students at the school.   School administrators say the pictures are of girls in various stages of undress and that boys had them on their cell phones. Six students are believed to be involved but police say there could be more.

Police say all the students involved are 16 years old and younger and they could be charged with distributing child pornography. There could be charges coming in a couple weeks. The superintendent, Dr. Dubray, says the district is investigating as well and the students could face disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion.

STLMoms: Wetlands For Kids

(STLMoms) – If you’ve never thought of wetlands as being way cool, then you’ve never been to Wetlands For Kids Day.

Samantha Stolle talked about it with Margie Ellisor.

It’s happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at August A Busch Conservation Area just off Route D in St. Charles. It’s free for all ages.

Spring Planting: How to get started

(KTVI) – If you’re a fan of HGTV, then you know that Ground Breaker’s Joe Washington knows all there is to know about gardening.

He’s going to be at the St. Charles Garden show this weekend and he’s got some tips on how to get started in your garden.

The Builder’s St. Charles Home Show is going on at the St. Charles Convention Center April 4 – 6.  Visit their website for more details.

Boone Bridge reopens after barge accident

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Department of Transportation had to completely shut down eastbound Interstate 64/Highway 40 over the Daniel Boone Bridge in Chesterfield Friday after a crane hit the bridge. The incident caused a serious impact on traffic.

The bridge has since re-opened. Crews have removed and secured the crane that broke loose on the Missouri River. After an inspection, MoDOT has determined the bridge is safe for travel.

The crane was on a barge that broke away on the Missouri River. It’s from Walsh Construction and is part of the new Daniel Boone Bridge project.

MoDOT officials say the incident is weather related because of the massive storms we just had.

Laclede Gas extends cold weather rule through April

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Laclede Gas is extending the cold weather rule through April to allow eligible customers who have fallen behind on their gas bills from this year’s cold winter to continue service, restore service, and arrange a payment plan.

Normally the cold weather rule is only in effect from November to March, but rule is being extended voluntarily by Laclede Gas.

If you have any questions or need to set-up a payment plan, call 314-621-6960 in St. Louis or 1-800-887-4173 elsewhere.