*Scattered thunderstorms this afternoon high 85
*4 St. Louis area kids are going to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. There are kids from Chesterfield, Ferguson & St. Peters. They say there is a record number of competitors in this year’s event, about 516 kids. The preliminary rounds are today and tomorrow, with the finals on Thursday night. The winner gets a $40,000 cash prize, a trophy, complete reference library courtesy of Merriam-Webster, talk show appearances, and more!
*St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger will go against the county council today as he attempts to reverse four measures passed by the council. The council approved spending $600,000 in raises for about 120 county jail employees. Stenger says he is in favor of raises but vetoed the bill because it wrongfully appropriates money from Prop P.
Starbucks Closes This Afternoon For Racial Biased Training -
A mega coffee chain is making good on its promise. Starbucks will close more than eight thousand stores this afternoon for anti-bias education. The training is meant to prevent discrimination to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome. This stems from the arrests of two black men at a Philadelphia store that sparked nationwide backlash.
*A news anchor and a photojournalist were killed Monday in Polk County, North Carolina when a tree fell on their SUV while they were covering a storm in the area.
The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. local time. According to Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant, the vehicle was in drive and running when rescuers arrived. Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer, both of WYFF News 4, were killed in the accident.
Tennant said the fallen tree was about three-feet in diameter and once stood at the side of the road, but its root system was saturated by the heavy rains. He added that in his 44 years of service for the fire department, "I have never seen an event like this one."
Source: WYFF News 4
Utah Man Is Home After Being Held In Venezuela -
A man held in a Venezuelan prison for nearly two years is finally back home in Utah.
Josh Holt, his wife and their daughter flew into Salt Lake City International Airport last night after a weekend in Washington, DC that included a trip to the White House and a visit to the hospital. The Holts were greeted by a large crowd at the airport, and then traveled to his hometown of Riverton, Utah for another welcome home event.
Holt had traveled to the country to see the woman who would be come his wife, after meeting online. Holt and his wife were arrested in Venezuela shortly after they married in 2016 and held for nearly two years without trial on charges of possessing assault weapons.
Friday Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, popped up unexpectedly in Caracas to push for Holt's freedom. It worked.
Source: CBS News
The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cards 8-3, they take them on today at 6:40pm