Parents with children in the Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts have a lot to consider before the August 1 transfer deadline.
The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri hosted a town hall meeting Monday night to help parents wade through the complicated transfer process.
CEAM State Policy Director Kate Casas says parents need to know their kids can go to any nearby, accredited district, and not just the ones their home districts will bus to. "It's really about getting accurate information and putting the power in the hands of parents to make the right choice for their own kid," Casas said.
The applications must list the student's three top choices of accredited districts. School assignments will then be based on a lottery system. The transfers will only last until the student's home district regains accreditation.
The meeting was held at the Lewis and Clark Library in the Riverview Garden's School District.
MoDOT is set to close a ramp from eastbound 64 in downtown this week.
The ramp to Jefferson Avenue will close for three weeks starting at midnight on Thursday. Crews will be working to connect a new ramp to both the highway and Jefferson.
While the ramp is closed, drivers can take the Grand exit from eastbound I-64, turn left on Chouteau and right on Jefferson, or take the 14th Street exit from eastbound I-64, turn right on Chouteau and left on Jefferson.
The number of companies owning St. Louis television stations is about decline again.
Chicago-based Tribune Company, which already owns KPLR TV (Channel 11) in St. Louis, is buying 19 stations from Local TV Holdings LLC, including KTVI (Channel 2).
The $2.73 billion deal is set to close by the end of the year, and will make Tribune the largest commercial TV station owner in the country.
The deal comes just weeks after the parent of KSDK (Channel 5) announced it was buying the parent of KMOV (Channel 4).
With the 4th of July in sight, new details are emerging about Fair St. Louis and the VP Parade downtown. The 136th annual VP Parade steps off from a new location and time this year. The parade starts at 9:30 Thursday morning from the newly renovated Central Library. From there, it heads north on Tucker, east down Washington Avenue, south on 4th street, then East on Market, where it wraps up at City Garden. Approximately 30 floats and 12 marching bands will take part in the parade. As for the musical acts, Trace Atkins takes the stage on the 4th, Bret Michaels on the 5th, and the Counting Crows wrap things up on the 6th.
Two downtown St. Louis venues are getting together to fill a number of part-time positions.
Peabody Opera House and Scottrade Center are holding a joint job fair Wednesday, June 26, from 3-7 p.m. at Scottrade Center. Job seekers can enter through the main atrium entrance at 14th and Clark.
Both venues have openings in guest services and security. The jobs are for the upcoming event season at Peabody Opera House and 2013-2014 Blues hockey season at Scottrade.
A second job fair will be held Wednesday, July 10th.
More information can be found on the Peabody Opera House website.
The 34th annual PrideFest in St. Louis will make history next weekend when U.S. military personnel officially participate.
The parade and festival, which began 30 years ago in Forest Park, has moved to downtown St. Louis near Soldier's Memorial.
Both city and county police will have a booth at the festival. And the military liaison for the LGBT Center of St. Louis will have uniformed service men and women walking in Sunday's parade. They'll also lay a wreath at Soldier's Memorial, to remember those lost before "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was lifted.
Pridefest 2013 will be Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th.
More information about the parade and festival can be found at the Pride St. Louis website.
As the weather heats up with the start of summer tomorrow, many Missouri residents will head to their state park beaches. But the Department of Natural Resources says a half-dozen of those beaches are closed.
Five state park swimming beaches were closed after tests this week showed high levels of bacteria. A sixth beach - at Mark Twain State Park - remains closed because of flooding.
DNR officials say the beach at Harry S. Truman State Park and the Grand Glaize beach at the Lake of the Ozarks are among those that are off limits due to bacteria. Other beaches closed include the Pittsburg beach at Pomme de Terre, St. Joe's State Park in Park Hills and Wakonda in northeastern Missouri.
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Visitors to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on June 23 will get a glimpse of a 1,000 year old sacred celebration of the summer solstice at "Woodhenge."
Woodhenge is an arrangement of posts standing in line with sunrise on the longest day of the year June 21; the shortest day, in December, and the spring and fall equinoxes, when day and night are the same length.
These were sacred days to residents of Cahokia Mounds, when it was the largest city north of Mexico.
Visitors to the site should arrive by 5:20 a.m. to hear an archaeologist explain the monument's discovery and function.
The Collinsville site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
More information can be found at the Cahokia Mounds website.
There's new hope for a long-vacant, landmark building in downtown St. Louis. A Minneapolis developer has bought the St. Louis Arcade Wright building at Eighth and Olive Streets.
Dominium Developments paid $9 million dollars for the building, and plans to spend another $100 million to turn the 18 story structure into a retail and residential center. The plan calls for about 250 apartments and three floors of retail.
City officials are working with Dominium to finance the renovations.
Work is expected to begin in December.
This is the second proposal to revitalize the landmark building. Six years ago a similar plan failed when the developer went belly-up.
Transit workers in St. Louis appear poised to walk off the job as members of Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union continue a strike authorization vote Tuesday. The union represents public transportation workers and any job action could effect Metrobus and Metrolink service.
Nearly 600 of the 1,500 members cast ballots on Monday. Bus drivers, mechanics, Metrolink operators and clerical staff have all been working without a contract for two and a half years.
Local 788 President Mike Breihan says he hopes it doesn't come down to a work stoppage. "You know we really don't want to hurt the public," Breihan said. "The people out here that ride the bus, they're like our family. And you know we don't want to hurt any of them, but we're going to have to do whatever we can do to protect our own."
"This vote was just strictly to show that we are united and we're ready to move forward if we have to, to do whatever we need to do to get a contract," Breihan said. "You know we're not trying to rob the bank. All we're trying to do is make a decent living for our members and our families."
Breihan says no action will be taken until after a mediator, who is reviewing information submitted by both the Union and Metro, issues an opinion at the end of the month.