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Railroad track repairs to cause delays in Kirkwood

KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI)– Downtown Kirkwood is always buzzing because of the Amtrak train station and all for the local businesses. But repairs are going to slow things down over the next couple of days.

The City of Kirkwood just announced that Union Pacific Railroad will be doing repairs on the tracks downtown at the Amtrak station. Train speeds will be reduced to 10 miles per hour causing heavy delays for drivers on Kirkwood Road. FOX 2 also checked in with local businesses.  Mason Wilder works of Sugar Rush and Zach Clark with the Kirkwood Farmers Market both say the impact can go either way.

“It could bring in more business, but it`s already pretty crowded with the traffic. It`s an issue especially parking,” said Wilder.

“When their going normal speed it`s pretty hectic a long line from Taylor to Kirkwood,” said Clark.

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Disease wiping out impatiens

WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI)– Ann Ciaravino first saw the signs two years ago.

“It would just wither and die and we weren’t sure what was going on,” says Ann Ciaravino of Sundance Garden Design.  “We thought it wasn’t watered correctly or fertilized correctly.”

But this garden designer noticed a trend happening across the country, impatiens are imploding.

“It’s called Impatiens Downey Mildew and it’s spread faster than we were prepared for and it literally wiped out impatiens in beds across the area and containers,” says Rolling Ridge Nursery Greenhouse Manager Lynn Cressler.

Sometimes, it can strike just weeks after planting.

Rolling Ridge Nursery noticed it in the early part of last summer as leaves would turn yellow and fall off.

So they spent the winter researching, talking to local growers and plant disease specialists on what to do about this problem.

Road repairs will cause traffic delays on south Hanley Road

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic and Public Works has closed one lane of southbound of Hanley Road between Litzsinger and Manchester until late Thursday morning, April 24th.

The closure is due to pavement repaired being performed by Missouri American Water from a previous water main break that damaged the road.

Drivers are warned that traffic delays will occur in that area for both Wednesday night and Thursday morning rush hours.

Brown Shoe celebrates 100 years on NY Stock Exchange

(KTVI) – The Brown Shoe Company is celebrating 100 years on the New York Stock Exchange. Diane Sullivan, CEO of Brown Shoe and executives from the company will ring the closing bell at the stock exchange Wednesday, along with style icon Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.

Brown is just one of 24 companies that have hit the century mark of listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company was founded by George Warren Brown in St. Louis in 1878.

Webster University trying to set record for world’s largest taco line

WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI)– It’ll take a month of Sunday’s to beat taco Tuesday at Webster University.

“In 2012 we did tried to break a record for the longest Sunday and we did and then two months later it got broken,” says Campus Program Manager Kristen McDowell.  “So we knew we wanted to do this again.”

Not content with their just desserts, the students deserted the ice cream plan in favor of some flavor south of the border.

“All the tortillas had to be touching each other for it to be a continuous taco,” says student volunteer Tyler Jensen.

“For one continuous taco?” asks Patrick Clark.

“For it to count,” adds Jensen.

There are a lot of guidelines to set a Guinness world record.

Tuesday there were 1,700 tortillas touching to take down the current longest taco line champion.

Congressman Clay nominates 13 area students to service academies

ST. LOUIS (KTVI)  – Democratic congressman William Lacy Clay has nominated 13 St. Louis area students for appoints to United States Service Academies. The first district congressman said,  “I am extraordinary proud to nominate these remarkable young students.  You not only excel at academics & athletics, you have also demonstrated a real commitment to serving your country and building up our community. I join with your proud parents, families & friends as we congratulate each of you.”

Listed below is the 2014 class of students nominated:

Part of Hanley Road closed for repair work from water main break

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic and Public Works has closed one lane of southbound of Hanley Road between I-64/40 and Clayton Road to traffic until late Wednesday morning, April 23rd.

The closure is due to pavement repaired from a previous water main break that damaged the road.

Missouri American Water had performed pavement work on Hanley Road that necessitated the closure.

Drivers are warned that traffic delays will occur in that are for both the morning and afternoon rush hour.