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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court again is considering a court challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.
The court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's focus turned to Kansas City, which has been unaccredited since 2012.
Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit and contend the transfer law is an unfunded mandate violating the Missouri Constitution.
A Jackson County judge ruled in favor of the Independence, Lee's Summit and North Kansas City plaintiffs but rejected the argument for Blue Springs and Raytown. The state and some plaintiffs appealed.
Transfers from Kansas City schools have been on hold, but student transfers have caused acrimony in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis is putting on a fresh face before the start of the baseball playoffs. The Cardinals open with home games tomorrow and Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Street Department Director Todd Waelterman says the sprucing up of the city is underway.
"We've had crews out painting up the crosswalks for pedestrian safety, tightening up the potholes, closing up some construction around the stadium, trimming trees, picking up litter, cleaning up Kiener Plaza and preparing for some little extra services as these big parties happen downtown," said Waelterman.
Festivities begin with the Cardinals rally at Kiener Plaza at 1 o'clock. Game time is 4:07.
Busch Stadium will once again play host to international soccer stars as the Argentine National Soccer Team will face the Bosnia-Herzegovina team this November.
The Argentineans, led by four-time "world's best player" Lionel Messi.
The match is slated for November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the contest go on sale October 10 at 10 a.m. at Cardinals.com/soccer, the Busch Stadium box office and 314-345-9000. A special pre-sale will begin October 8 for Cardinals season ticket holders and club VIPs.