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Missouri School District to Have 4-day School Weeks

Missouri School District to Have 4-day School Weeks

WARSAW, MO (AP) — A Missouri school district has adopted a four-day school week schedule. Warsaw R-IX School District students now attend class Tuesday through Friday, the Sedalia Democrat reported . The Board of Education voted in March to switch to the new schedule. The district hopes to increase instructional time and student attendance, said Superintendent Dr.…

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Rauner’s Reluctant Embrace of Trump a Re-Election Tightrope

Rauner’s Reluctant Embrace of Trump a Re-Election Tightrope

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was campaigning against states regulating student-loan companies when she called her friend, Gov. Bruce Rauner, in August 2017. Two weeks later, the Republican governor vetoed legislation creating protections for students taking out federal loans . In language that echoes President Donald Trump’s education chief in her continuing crusade against…

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St. Joseph Man Charged in Fatal Boat Accident

St. Joseph Man Charged in Fatal Boat Accident

ST. JOSEPH, MO (AP) — A St. Joseph man faces two felony charges after a fatal boating accident during the Memorial Day weekend. The St. Joseph News-Press reports 41-year-old Cletus Barsch was charged Thursday with boating while intoxicated, resulting in death. He also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The Missouri State Highway Patrol…

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Illinois Employers More Open to Hiring People With Felonies

Illinois Employers More Open to Hiring People With Felonies

CHICAGO, IL (AP) — Opportunities long closed to Illinois residents with criminal records are beginning to open as employers seek new sources of talent and lawmakers bet that gainful employment will reduce recidivism. Illinois lawmakers have changed licensing laws to make at least 100 occupations more accessible to people with a criminal background. The state…

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Candidates Participate In U.S. Senate Forum

Candidates Participate In U.S. Senate Forum

Maryland Heights, MO  (KTRS)  The candidates vying to become Missouri’s next U.S. senator took center stage in their first debate. The Missouri Press Association hosted a forum in Maryland Heights on Friday featuring the two major party candidates along with two minor party candidates. Healthcare was among the topics addressed. G-O-P candidate Josh Hawley, who…

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