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Bill Shuler
Bill Shuler

Highway 79 Reopened After Train Derailment

Missouri Highway 79 re-opened to traffic at approximately 4 p.m. today (Thursday) near Continental Cement. The road has been closed since early this morning due to a railroad car incident.

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Top Ten Things For Drivers to Do in Freezing, Snowy Weather

It continues to amaze me how some people drive in the weather we are experiencing. So, as a result of my observations, here is my top ten list of things people need to do and know to be safe while driving

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Fox Photos, Getty Images

‘Peephole’ Drivers Are Gonna Kill Somebody

I always sit in amazement as I watch people negotiate a vehicle around a street corner in snowy conditions with just a peephole to look through. Plus, usually, their lights are covered with snow as well.

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iStock

I Celebrate a Birthday Every Day at 25th and Broadway

 

I am beginning to think I am jinxed. No matter which way I am traveling, I seem to always get stopped by the light at 25th and Broadway. With Y101's studios just around the corner from that intersection, I probably go through that intersection more than most people. 

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Spencer Platt Getty Images
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Road Condition Hotlines & Websites Available in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa

With winter weather bearing down on us, travelers will be under the gun to navigate safely. With that in mind, here are the important numbers and sites you may want to check for road conditions in the Tri-State area. 

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images

Accident Closes U.S. 36 Westbound Lanes in Shelby County, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Transportation has just notified us (10:30 a.m. CT) that Westbound U.S. Route 36 in Shelby County is currently closed due to a vehicle crash.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images

New Illinois Law Prohibits Hand Held Cell Phone Usage While Driving

January 1 will be here before you know it and when it arrives, you better not call someone to wish them a “Happy New Year” on your hand-held cell phone if you are driving in the State of Illinois. A new law will go into effect on January 1 where Illinois motorists could face a $75 fine if they are caught using their cellphone without a hands-free device.

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Sean Gallop, Getty Images

Make Sure You Are Prepared Now for Driving This Winter

Earlier this week the temperature was around 60 degrees, and now we are looking at a low in the single digits tonight. That's the Midwest for you. If you don't like the weather stick around and it will change. Well, the skies might  change and we may even see snow, but it looks like the below freezing temperatures are here to stay for at least a week.

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David McNew, Getty Images

Delta Airlines Makes a Sound Decision on Grounding Voice Calls

 

The Federal Communications Commission recently announced that it may be willing to allow cell phone usage on commercial airlines where they have been silent over the past years because of concerns with radio signal interference they could cause. Apparently testing has indicated that cell phone usage will not impede the radio signals needed by pilots to fly the planes. Before you jump for joy, you might want to think this one through.

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Scott Olsen, Getty Images

Why Are Illegal Immigrants Getting an Illinois Driver’s License?

I hope you are ready for this piece of news. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced last week that immigrants living in the State of Illinois who entered the United States illegally may begin to apply for a state driver's license in December. This is available because of a new state law approved by the Illinois legislature and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in January.  

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