JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The State Board of Education is increasing its oversight of Missouri's unaccredited schools and hiring a consultant to help develop an improvement plan.
The board's action comes in advance of an Aug. 28 effective date for a new law allowing the state to more quickly intervene in unaccredited schools. Three districts currently lack accreditation - Kansas City and the suburban St. Louis systems of Normandy and Riverview Gardens.
State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says state personnel will increase classroom visits and interaction with local education officials.
The board also approved a contract with The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust to analyze the reasons for failure in the Kansas City School District and make recommendations to improve it. The suggestions also could be used for other schools.
Express Scripts will add over 1,000 jobs to the St. Louis area over the next five years.
Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement today. He says the medication management giant is expanding its campus and will create around 1,500 new jobs. Express Scripts managed over 1.4 billion prescriptions last year.
The expansion is being paid for with nearly $7 million in bonds.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Investigative documents claim a former suspect in the 1990 shooting death of a Chillicothe farm wife told a California man with whom he was embroiled in a business dispute that "he got away with murder and was not scared to do it again."
Newly released investigative records show Brandon Hagan conveyed that threat in a verbal conversation with businessman Sam Gabrielle. Hagan was initially suspected in the Chillicothe killing but insisted he was elsewhere at the time.
Phone messages left with Hagan by The Associated Press Tuesday were not immediately returned.
The records stem from an investigation by Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox, who reopened the case after an Associated Press investigation raised questions about the conviction of Mark Woodworth, the victim's neighbor.