*Some clouds this morning high 90
After nearly two years of construction, the new flyover ramp from southbound Route 141 to eastbound Interstate 44 in Valley Park will open.A new proposal will be introduced to the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen today which would force Mayor Lyda Krewson to get approval from the board for all appointments to city boards and commissions. One other issue set for a final vote today is about residency and would allow most city workers to live outside the city limits.
An international investigation has confirmed with indisputable proof that the Russian military shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew over Ukraine on July 17th, 2014.
The plane, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, crashed in Ukraine killing all 298 people on board. It was immediately determined that the plane was brought down by a missile and all fingers pointed at Russia, but they strongly denied it and blamed the Ukrainian military. But nearly four years later, a Dutch team of investigators confirmed that the missile came from a Russia-based military unit. (USA Today)
The 30-year-old squatter who was evicted from his parents' house in Syracuse, New York this week has a job offer on the table.
Michael Rotondo, who was all over the news this week for the ridiculous court case brought by his parents who wanted the unemployed freeloader out of their house, was offered a gig with live cam site CamSoda. The live webcam site, which typically features nudity and pornographic material, offered Rotondo $1,000 a month to live stream his life -- fully clothed.
The company told Rotondo he could use the money to rent his own place. They say he has not yet accepted the offer. Meanwhile, TMZ says Rotondo told them that he has another business lined up and he expects to move out of his parents' place in three months.
Swatting Suspect To Stand Trial -
A California man accused of making a hoax call that led to a deadly police shooting in Kansas will stand trial for manslaughter.
Tyler Barriss allegedly called police from Los Angeles last December claiming there was a kidnapping and shooting at a Wichita home. Officers went to the home and shot and killed Andrew Finch, who was unarmed.
Now, a federal grand jury has officially indicted Barris. During this week's preliminary hearing, a Los Angeles detective testified Barriss had confessed to making the call that led to the deadly officer-involved shooting in Kansas.
Also indicted were two gamers who were involved in a dispute that led to the swatting. The teens are charged with wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Source: Wichita Eagle
Report: Ukraine Gave Money To Trump Lawyer To Help Spur Meeting -
There are reports the government of Ukraine paid President Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen 400-thousand dollars to set up a meeting with Trump.
The BBC reports Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arranged to pay Cohen for putting together the White House meeting last June. After the meeting, Ukraine stopped an anti-corruption investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
According to the BBC, a Ukrainian intelligence official says the country's registered lobbyists turned to Cohen after they couldn't put together anything more than a photo-op with Trump. The Ukrainian president needed a photo of what looked liked “talks,” so the backdoor channeling began.
The BBC reports there's no evidence Trump knew about the payment to Cohen.
*The Royals beat the Cardinals again 5-2, we play the Pirates tomorrow!