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Car slams into Taco Bell in Central West End

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Police are investigating what caused a car to slam into a fast food restaurant early Thursday morning in the Central West End.

Around 3 a.m., a car hit the Taco Bell at Delmar and Kingshighway.

The car caught fire but it was put out before it spread to the rest of the building.

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Trunk show for Forest Park hats luncheon

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – You can have a lot of fun at this event to support Forest Park Forever. Dianne Isbell, from HATS by DI-Anne, stopped by with some of the ladies who will be wearing some fancy head gear for a very special luncheon.

Trunk Show at The Designing Block with HATS by DI-Anne
April 25-26

Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/designingblock

Eco-friendly ideas for National Picnic Day

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It’s National Picnic Day so get out there and celebrate. It’s going to be a pretty spring day.

Michele Coen-Racanelli, from The Dam in Historic Tower Grove, stopped by with some eco-friendly picnic ideas, including some box lunches you can order from The Dam.

Find out more: http://thedamstl.com/

Earth Day craft: Pine cone bird feeders

TOWN AND COUNTRY (KTVI) – Diane Vanbooven, the Kids Club Coordinator at Whole Foods Market, Town and Country, stopped by to show Tim Ezell a fun craft kids can do when they visit the Earth Day festival.

Stop by to have your kids make a pine cone bird feeder with peanut butter and bird seed.

Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 27
Muny Grounds in Forest Park

Find out more: http://www.stlouisearthday.org/events/festival/

Shakespeare’s 450th birthday celebrated across St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis is hosting a big birthday celebration for English playwright William Shakespeare.

He was born 450 years ago Wednesday. There will be celebrations all across the country. In St. Louis, the five-day celebration called “Shake 38″ kicks off Wednesday at Tower Grove Park with a reading of “King John.”

A total of 38 free Shakespeare performances will take place over the next few days at 38 venues, including libraries, restaurants and parks across town.

Find out more: http://www.sfstl.com/in-the-streets/shake-38/

Lyft ride sharing service under restraining order

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– St. Louis’ newest ride sharing service is off the road and instead under a restraining order.

Lawyers for the service, called Lyft, spent the afternoon arguing for a judge to lift the restraining order until a full injunction hearing next month.

The California based company sent a copy of the injunction to Fox 2 Tuesday and says they never received notice or an opportunity to appear in court Monday and defend the company going on to say it violates due process.

The city’s taxi commission says Lyft should be regulated just like licensed cab drivers in order to keep the public safe.

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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: