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Hardee's Rise 'N Shine Raises $406,000 for Heat Fundraiser
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 11, 2018 - The cold weather has hit extremely hard this winter, tripling the demands for in about 15 Missouri and Illinois counties and the City of St. Louis. Our area region's needy, senior and disabled people need to keep their utilities connected to avoid unsafe and unhealthy issues.

On Friday, February 9, Hardee's customers, donors and volunteer efforts, raised nearly $406,000 in the 18th annnual Rise 'N Shine for fundraiser, which exceeds 2017 final results of $303,000 by 33%.

For $1.00 donation, the public received a free Sausage 'N Egg or Egg biscuit, and well as participated in other fundraising in-store activities.

Hardee's is keeping up its collection canister only, all weekend long, through Sunday night, asking its customers and the public to drop by additional donations. The public can still go securely online to

In a release, Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, public safety chairs, said, " has proven to save lives, to keep Missouri and Illinois residents from avoiding unsafe methods of heating, during the cold weather." has already scheduled its 19th Annual Hardee's Rise 'N Shine for Heat fundraiser for February 15, 2019.

Lake St. Louis Polar Plunge Raises $91,000 for Special Olympics Missouri
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 11, 2018 - The 15th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 3 at Lake St. Louis was a splashing success, raising $91,714 to date. A total of 402 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake St. Louis. Their Reason for Freezin'... the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri.

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Organizers of the plunge still hope to raise an additional $28,200 to reach the goal of $120,000 Donations can be made at

Top individual fundraisers included the following:

1st Place Fundraiser - David Hurst ($11,926); 2st Place Fundraiser - Brian Adelsberger ($5,789); 3rd Place Fundraiser - Jeff Conderman ($2,540)

Any other prize categories you awarded:

Top Fundraising Team - Team Supa Dupa ($6,391); Top Law Enforcement Individual - Brian Adelsberger ($5,789); Top Law Enforcement Team - St. Charles County PD - ($10,800); Top Fundraising School - Fort Zumwalt West Middle Wildcats ($10,882)

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the "golden plunger."

Group 1st Place - Revenge of the Nerds; Group 2nd Place - Mardi Gras Crew; Group 3rd Place - 101 Dalmatians- Spot On

Individual 1st Place - Man in a Gold Dress; Individual 2nd Place - Cruella DeVil; Individual 3rd Place - Painted Minion

This year's event was held in conjunction with Lake St. Louis PD, O'Fallon PD, Wentzville PD and St. Charles County PD. Presenting sponsors included iHeart Media, Texas Roadhouse, The Newsmagazine Network, Toyota Bodine, Premiere Rentals, Code 3 and Lake St. Louis Community Association.

Metro Store Rendering
Rendering of new MetroStore at 8th & Pine location, courtesy Metro
MetroStore Moving to New Location in Downtown St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, January 28, 2018 - After approximately 20 years at its original location, Metro's transit store is moving to a new location in downtown St. Louis. On February 1, MetroStore will open at its new location, which is adjacent to the 8th & Pine MetroLink Station and near several MetroBus and Madison County Transit express routes. The store will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The current location at 7th and Washington in America's Center closed January 26. Metro daily, monthly and two-hour passes can be purchased during the transition period via the online store at MetroStore employees will resume assisting transit riders in person with trip planning and the purchase of Metro tickets, passes and other transit-related products on February 1 at the new location.

The new location will offer a convenient, customer-friendly environment for public transit riders and visitors alike and will feature a new theme: "Start Here. Get There."

Throughout the coming year, MetroStore will profile several MetroBus and MetroLink routes and the various neighborhoods, businesses and attractions that can easily be accessed by taking Metro Transit, to illustrate all of the ways public transit connects riders to the important destinations the St. Louis region has to offer.

Increased Influenza Cases Put Asthma Sufferers On High Alert
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, January 21, 2018 - The City of St. Louis Department of Health has reported 1,848 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza in the City since October 1, 2017.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says a diagnosis of an influenza infection can be more serious for people with asthma, even if their asthma is mild or symptoms are well-controlled by medication.

People with asthma have swollen or sensitive airways, and further inflammation by an influenza illness could trigger an asthma attack or worsening asthma symptoms. Adults and children with asthma are also more likely to develop pneumonia after getting sick with the flu. The Department of Health joins the CDC in recommending these steps to fight the flu if you have asthma:

  • Get the flu vaccine and make sure children six months and older receive the vaccine
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Stay away from other people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your bare hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (germs are spread that way).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Follow an updated written Asthma Action Plan developed by your doctor.
  • If your child has asthma, make sure that his or her up-to-date written Asthma Action Plan is on file at school or the daycare center. Be sure that the plan and medication(s) are easy to get to when needed.
  • If you do get sick with flu symptoms, call your doctor early in the illness. Treatment should begin as soon as possible because antiviral drug treatment works best when started early (within 48 hours after symptoms start).
Asthma is one of the costly diseases in the United States with over $20.7 million in hospital charges in 2013 for children in Missouri. It cannot be cured, only controlled.

Asthma is diagnosed following an examination by a doctor, which involves a breathing test to see how a person's lungs are working. If you have concerns about asthma, the flu, or other respiratory issues, it is best to speak to your healthcare provider.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Tackling Vacancy: St. Louis Land Bank Assessment
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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