News You Need: Tanker Fire Shuts Down Highway

WEATHER

*Rain early then cloudy and showers in the afternoon, high 57


LOCAL

*Multi-vehicle crash closes lanes of Northbound -270 near Page it looks like 1 lane is getting thru

*The big story this morning is the tanker fire at hwy 70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive, at last check the highway was still closed. The tanker was carrying ethanol alcohol, a gasoline additive.  The driver of the semi-truck lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash, flip over and catch fire. If you're traveling to St. Louis from St. Charles Monday then take 64/40 or the Page Extension.

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NATIONAL

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy.


Southwest Airlines passengers were subjected to long delays and cancellations Sunday as maintenance crews work to inspect plane engines following last week's deadly mid-air accident involving Flight 1380.

The delays and cancellations were anticipated after the airline announce that it would be conducting the inspections. About 40 flights were cancelled yesterday as crews took a close look at the fan blade inside the engines, which was the cause of the accident. The results of the inspections have not been announced and it's unclear if there will be more cancellations. The FAA has ordered the inspection of about 700 similar planes. (Reuters)



Gas Prices Will Keep Going Up For A Little While - 

Gas prices are continuing their upward trend.

The average price per gallon of regular jumped nine-cents to two-dollars-85-cents, the highest level since June 2015. According to industry analysts, the unrest in the Middle East and Europe is the reason for the higher Gas prices. The current Gas price is 37-cents higher than it was a year ago. However, the price spike may be coming to an end.

The higher oil prices are already mostly built into the pump price and the shift to higher-cost summer grade Gasoline is almost complete. It's not likely that the average regular grade price will reach the three-dollar mark.

Source: KGTV


Tornadoes, Winds Rip Through Alabama - 

Alabama is cleaning up after a wicked Southern storm.

The National Weather Service says two tornadoes were spotted in Baldwin County yesterday. The one in Foley caused widespread damage and injured four people at an RV park.

A possible tornado also was also reported in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where numerous trees were down and the town’s City Hall was damaged by one.

Southern-Southeast storms are supposed to continue through midweek. 

Source: NBC News


Throw Out Your Romaine Lettuce - 

The CDC is expanding its warning about an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce. The previous E. coli warning was for chopped forms of romaine, including salads and salad mixes. The new warning covers all forms of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts grown in the Yuma, Arizona region.  The CDC says 31 people have been hospitalized because of the E. coli outbreak, and five people have developed kidney failure.  

Officials say this strain of E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, which is often bloody.

Source: NPR


SPORTS

Cards beat the Reds 9-2, they play the Mets tomorrow at 7:15pm

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