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Update expected on Rockwood School audit

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:23 Published in Local News

An update is expected today on the Rockwood School District audit. State Auditor Tom Schweich will present his follow-up report around 2:00pm. Rockwood was first audited in February and received a "fair" rating on the auditor's scale because of so-called "serious issues" in the budget. The most serious being that Rockwood overpaid a construction firm by $1.2 million for renovation projects. But Schweich's office said that none of the issues would rise to the level of a serious legal infraction. 

New student enrollment creates dorm crunch at SIU

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:00 Published in Local News

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Administrators at Southern Illinois University are preparing for a record number of new students arriving on campus when fall classes begin later this month. But that's creating a housing crunch at the Carbondale school.

 

   WSIL-TV says new student enrollment is on pace to beat 2008's record, thanks to an anticipated 10 percent increase in new students.

 

   But SIU spokesman Rod Sievers that means there are more students than beds.

 

   The school is building new dorms, but they're years from being completed. And three of the oldest residence halls on campus were torn down.

 

   That means the school scrambling to put more students in each dorm room.

 

   Administrators attribute the enrollment increase with the success of a marketing campaign that's helped boost declining enrollment.

Flooding postpones Nixon's trip to Waynesville

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:17 Published in Local News

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Threats of further flooding prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to postpone a trip to flood-damaged Waynesville Wednesday that had been planned to discuss emergency response efforts.

 

   The governor's office announced in a news release that the event was postponed because state and local emergency management workers are responding to continued dangerous flooding in south-central Missouri.

   Rain was falling again Wednesday morning in much of south-central Missouri.

   A child was killed and several homes and businesses damaged after heavy rain Monday night and Tuesday morning soaked Waynesville, a south-central Missouri town near Fort Leonard Wood. A search resumed Wednesday for a woman who is believed to be the child's mother.

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