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Transformation of Kiener Plaza Takes Shape in Downtown
The Running Man statue has been moved to a new location at Kiener Plaza, in front of the historic Old Courthouse, as the area undergoes construction to create a more flexible space including a garden cafe, large central lawn and play garden. See archived: Kiener Plaza in Downtown to Have Dramatic Makeover
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 25, 2016 - Visitors to downtown St. Louis will see dramatic changes to Kiener Plaza in front of the Historic Old Courthouse.
As part of the CityArchRiver's $19 million project, the park is being redesigned to better connect to downtown's urban fabric, be flexible for events year-round, and offer new urban park amenities.
A variety of park areas will make Kiener Plaza comfortable and dynamic. "The Runner" statue fountain plus a large central lawn will create a place to gather and picnic with views of the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch. The lawn can also be used for large events like concerts, movies, and festivals.
A fountain garden and play garden will encourage children to play - useful to families on road trips and downtown residents alike. Along Market St., Kiener Plaza will continue the wide shaded sidewalk that begins in Citygarden. Near Chestnut St., a woodland garden, bicycle parking grove, and shade garden with cafe seating will create urban amenities and cool spots for meals and relaxation.
When construction is complete on Kiener Plaza in 2017, Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Louis, and CityArchRiver Foundation will work together on maintenance and create programs and events to activate the space year-round. Parking will be available around the park when the project is complete in spring 2017.
U.S. Drivers Waste $2.1 Billion Annually on Premium Gasoline
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 25, 2016 - According to new AAA research, American drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion dollars in the last year by using premium-grade gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel.
With 16.5 million U.S. drivers having used premium fuel despite the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation in the last 12 months, AAA conducted a comprehensive fuel evaluation to determine what, if any, benefit the practice offers to consumers. After using industry-standard test protocols designed to evaluate vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions, AAA found no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that only requires regular-grade fuel.
"Drivers see the 'premium' name at the pump and may assume the fuel is better for their vehicle," said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. "AAA cautions drivers that premium gasoline is higher octane, not higher quality, and urges drivers to follow the owner's manual recommendations for their vehicle's fuel."
In partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center, AAA tested 87-octane (regular) and 93-octane (premium) gasoline in vehicles equipped with a V-8, V-6 or I4 engine designed to operate on regular-grade fuel. To evaluate the effects of using a higher-octane fuel when it's not required by the manufacturer, each vehicle was tested on a dynamometer, which is essentially a treadmill for cars that is designed to measure horsepower, fuel economy and tailpipe emissions when using both fuel types and variety of driving conditions. The laboratory testing found no significant increases in any tested category, indicating the practice of using premium gasoline when it'"s not required for the vehicle offers no advantage.
"AAA's tests reveal that there is no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that requires regular fuel," said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center. "Premium gasoline is specifically formulated to be compatible with specific types of engine designs and most vehicles cannot take advantage of the higher octane rating."
To understand the magnitude of the issue, AAA surveyed U.S. drivers to understand what type of fuel their vehicles require and the frequency at which they upgrade to premium fuel. Results reveal:
Seventy percent of U.S. drivers currently own a vehicle that requires regular gasoline, while 16 percent drive vehicles that require premium fuel. The remaining 14 percent own a vehicle that requires mid-grade gasoline (10 percent) or uses an alternative energy source (4 percent).
To protect vehicle investments, AAA urges drivers to use the appropriate gasoline as determined by their car'"s manufacturer (regular or premium) that meets TOP TIER standards for engine cleanliness and performance.
WGU Missouri Announces New Scholarship for ITT Tech Students
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 23, 2016 - The more than 40,000 students who have been affected by the closure of ITT Tech will have many questions to consider moving forward, but there's one question that WGU Missouri hopes won't be among them: whether or not to finish their degree.
There are many good options for ITT students committed to finishing their degrees, and for some of them, WGU Missouri will be a solution. That's why WGU Missouri has announced the creation of an ITT Transfer Scholarship, available for qualifying ITT students who transfer to WGU Missouri.
"WGU Missouri can be a great option for ITT students seeking degrees in education, IT, business and some health professions," said WGU Missouri Chancellor Angie Besendorfer. "We encourage you to continue your quest for career success, and WGU Missouri's flexible and affordable programs can help you do that."
The ITT Transfer Scholarship is a competitive program and is for any of WGU Missouri's more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in information technology, nursing and healthcare, business, and teacher education.
Scholarships will be awarded based on the student's academic record, previous college experience, readiness for online study, current competency, and other considerations. The scholarship will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, toward WGU's flat-rate tuition of about $3,000 per term for most programs.
In addition to the scholarships, WGU Missouri will waive the university's $65 application fee as well as the first-term resource fee of $145 for ITT students. WGU Missouri has dedicated admissions staff to review ITT students' situations and they are available to answer transfer or other questions.
The scholarships are worth up to $2,000 per student. Those interested in applying should visit missouri.wgu.edu/ITTscholarship.
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