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2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the … Continue reading 2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

Study: Most drivers, not just young, are taking risks

DETROIT (AP)(STL.News) — Young drivers aren’t alone in behaving badly on U.S. roads, a trend that could be contributing to a spike in highway deaths. Well over half of drivers in every age group have texted behind the wheel, run a red light or driven faster than the speed limit in the last 30 days, … Continue reading Study: Most drivers, not just young, are taking risks

Kate Upton three-peats as SI’s swimsuit queen

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — Kate Upton is so nice she’s made the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover thrice. Upton has become only the fourth woman to grace the cover three times. This year, she’s making the splash with three different covers. Other women who did the cover three times include Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Christie … Continue reading Kate Upton three-peats as SI’s swimsuit queen

Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery

JUPITER, Fla. (AP)(STL.News) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes needs season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right arm. General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the diagnosis after an MRI. Reyes didn’t throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday because of a sore elbow. The 22-year-old Reyes made his major league debut Aug. 9 and was 4-1 … Continue reading Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery

Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

VATICAN CITY/February 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians. Francis met with representatives of indigenous peoples … Continue reading Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

Ethics watchdog calls on WH to investigate Conway’s comments

WASHINGTON/February 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.S. government’s ethics watchdog urged the White House to investigate and possibly discipline President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway for comments she made about Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, according to a letter made public Tuesday. The Office of Government Ethics wrote to White House attorneys that there was reason … Continue reading Ethics watchdog calls on WH to investigate Conway’s comments

$70 Million Apartment Complex to Breathe Life into Downtown Clayton

Construction Underway on $70 Million Apartment High-Rise Downtown Clayton CLAYTON, MO/February 15, 2017 (STL.News) ​It is official…construction has begun on the new $70 million, 26-story apartment building going up in downtown Clayton.  The 264-unit luxury apartment high-rise is being built at one of Clayton’s busiest intersections, the northeast corner of Brentwood and Forsyth Boulevards across … Continue reading $70 Million Apartment Complex to Breathe Life into Downtown Clayton

Flynn exit creates vacuum that Trump’s pragmatists may fill

WASHINGTON/February 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The dramatic departure of President Donald Trump’s hard-hitting national security adviser creates a vacuum of power and raises a key question about U.S. foreign policy: Will the pragmatists in the administration now gain clout? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, both known as levelheaded technocrats, stand … Continue reading Flynn exit creates vacuum that Trump’s pragmatists may fill