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Solar storm to hit Earth later this week; auroras expected

Solar storm to hit Earth later this week; auroras expected

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A solar storm is reportedly heading towards Earth on February 23 or 24 and it could provide great views of auroras in higher latitudes near the Arctic Circle possibly stretching to southern Canada. It comes after a solar flare happened in the sun on February 20.The astronomy site is reporting an eruption split the sun’s atmosphere. The eruption resulted in a coronal mass ejection (CME) creating a “canyon of fire” on the sun’s surface.The CME means there also was a large expulsion of plasma and magnetic field released. It is not heading directly for the earth but it is going...

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‘I was wrong. Period’: QAnon Shaman apologizes for entering Capitol

‘I was wrong. Period’: QAnon Shaman apologizes for entering Capitol

() — The “QAnon Shaman” who took part in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns is apologizing for his actions as he speaks out for the first time since his arrest last month.“I deeply regret and am very sorry I entered into the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. I should not have been there. Period,” Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, said in the statement.“I was wrong. Period,” the statement said.“I am sorry for having aroused fear in the hearts of others. That was wrong. Period,” said Chansley.Chansley was among a...

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Proposed Missouri bills would legally protect drivers if they hit protesters

Proposed Missouri bills would legally protect drivers if they hit protesters

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI) – Two Missouri lawmakers are sponsoring legislation for the 2021 session that involves shielding drivers from criminal penalties if they hit a protester during a demonstration.State Rep. Adam Schnelting (R- St. Charles) filed HB56. It is called the Fleeing Motorist Protection Act.Rep. Schnelting tweeted that his proposed bill would ensure motorists who are trapped in their vehicle during a riot are civilly and criminally protected under state law.His tweet also gave the example that if your grandparents are caught in a mob and are being threatened, they shouldn’t be...

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Dec 12
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Local hospitals now searching for ICU beds between St. Louis and Chicago

Local hospitals now searching for ICU beds between St. Louis and Chicago

ST. LOUIS – The leader of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force painted a very dire picture of the situation at area hospitals. Dr. Alex Garza said emergency rooms are getting overrun and tents are being set up to handle the flood of patients.“You will be judged on how you handled this catastrophe.  There are no more excuses,” said Dr. Garza during an afternoon press briefing.Dr. Garza said task force hospitals have generated a list of every hospital between St. Louis and Chicago and spend a lot of their time on the phone trying to find ICU beds.He explained there are times when...

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Nov 25
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FBI looking for fugitive in St. Louis and Kansas City; considered armed and dangerous

FBI looking for fugitive in St. Louis and Kansas City; considered armed and dangerous

ST. LOUIS- The FBI in St. Louis and Kansas City are asking for the public’s help in finding a wanted fugitive. Police are looking for Christopher Brian Rogan and he is considered armed and dangerous.Rogan is wanted for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to distribute and the distribution of methamphetamine in St. Louis from January 2015 to September of 2019.The FBI says Rogan also has a tattoo on both ankles, both arms, both legs, his chest and an “R” on his forearm. He also has a pierced left ear and a pierced tongue.The FBI says he lives both in Kansas City and St. Louis.Suggest a...

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Oct 22
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‘We have erased every bit of progress’- Task force leader on rising COVID cases and hospitalizations

‘We have erased every bit of progress’- Task force leader on rising COVID cases and hospitalizations

ST. LOUIS- COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are climbing dangerously across the region, reaching territory the area hasn’t seen since early on in the pandemic according to Dr. Alex Garza with the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force.“We have erased every bit of progress we’ve made this summer and fall,” said Dr. Garza during this afternoon’s COVID briefing.According to the data the task force released, St. Charles County had the biggest change in new COVID-19 cases over the last week. The ZIP Codes seeing the biggest increase were in O’Fallon and St. Charles.Dr. Garza said the...

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Oct 19
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Illinois releases COVID-19 holiday safety tips

Illinois releases COVID-19 holiday safety tips

CHICAGO- Halloween is a few weeks away and it will be followed by other big holidays. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are releasing guidance and tips on how to celebrate the holidays safely this year.Gov. Pritzker said during an afternoon press conference that the virus doesn’t take a holiday and Illinoisans can’t let up either.The IDPH director said the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually.The director went on to say if you do plan on celebrating with friends and family here are some things to...

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Illinois releases COVID-19 Halloween festivities guidance

Illinois releases COVID-19 Halloween festivities guidance

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Halloween is a few weeks away and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is issuing guidance to help people enjoy the holiday safely.The guidelines include the 3 Ws — wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your mask.Officials say if you think you could have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do not participate in any in-person Halloween activities.IDPH issued more detailed guidance for popular Halloween activities:Trick-or-treating– Anyone participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy, should maintain 6-feet of...

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Sep 30
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President Trump asks Gov. Parson about changing the name of St. Louis

President Trump asks Gov. Parson about changing the name of St. Louis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was invited to the White House for a meeting with President Trump about reopening the schools in the fall.After Gov. Parson wrapped up his comments about why he thinks children should head back to school this fall, the President asked him a question.Trump: “You won’t be changing the name St. Louis, will you?”Parson: “No, we will not be doing that.”Trump: “Thank you, thank you, that is very important.”There have been protests recently over the statue of St. Louis’ namesake in Forest Park. You can read more about the debate in the .Education...

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Jul 7
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Stadium-sized asteroid to make ‘relatively close’ approach toward Earth at 3 million miles

Stadium-sized asteroid to make ‘relatively close’ approach toward Earth at 3 million miles

ST. LOUIS – NASA is keeping tabs on a massive asteroid that’s coming closer to Earth each day. The space agency has an asteroid watch section of its website showing the next 5 approaches, which are all in the next few days. The largest is estimated to be 1,100 feet wide, approximately the size of a football stadium. That one, named 2002 NN4, would come the closest to Earth on June 6. However, scientists don’t expect there to be a collision on Earth. It’s closest approach will be 3,160,000 miles from Earth. There are three others the size of a plane and one the size of a house also making...

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Jun 3
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