by: Ala Errebhi
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Some Southwest passengers faced a nightmare over the weekend. The airline was forced to cancel more than 1,800 flights over the weekend. This is around 25% of all of their flights. The company blamed the cancellations on air traffic control problems and limited staffing in Florida as well as bad weather.
The airline released a statement on social media saying: “We experienced a significant impact in the Florida airports Friday evening after an FAA-imposed air traffic management program was implemented due to weather and resulted in a large number of cancellations.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said there have been no air traffic-related cancellations since Friday. The agency said that airlines are experiencing delays because of aircraft and crews being out of place.
Other airlines did not appear to be as severely impacted by weather. On Sunday, American Airlines canceled 2% of its flights and low-budget Spirit Airlines also canceled 2%, according to Flight Aware. As of this morning, nine departures were canceled, three were delayed.
One traveler told us he had to make last-minute arrangements to get home to St. Louis.
“When we got to the Southwest gate and talked to them, we found out that the flight that they put us on, we were not going to be on a flight until Tuesday,” said Mike England.
Six flights due to arrive this morning are canceled, and one is delayed.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office now says his campaign paid for a trip to Texas last week to announce a lawsuit seeking to force the restart of construction of a southern border wall, and taxpayers paid only about $820 for his spokesman to make the trip.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Schmitt’s spokesman, Chris Nuelle, said Sunday that he was mistaken Friday when he said that the state had paid for the entire trip.
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In the early morning hours of June 18, 1985, a car was found abandoned on U.S. 160 bearing the license plate JACKI-1. The car belongs to Jackie Johns. The keys were still in the ignition, a purse was left behind, there were clothes in the back seat, and blood was everywhere.
ST. LOUIS – The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s brought hundreds of people together to the Enterprise Center Saturday morning. The goal was not just to raise awareness about the disease, but also to raise funds for research.
As people walked, they carried different colored flowers. Each color represents the person’s connection to the disease.
A purple flower is for those who have lost someone to the disease. A yellow flower represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s.