Friday, 03 January 2014 10:59 Published in Local News
EUREKA, Mo. (AP) - It isn't the snow or ice keeping kids home for another day in St. Louis County's Rockwood School District, it's the cold weather and it is impact school buses.
The district called off classes Friday after 20 buses failed to start on a morning when temperatures were hovering in the single digits. In a note on its website, the district says First Student, which operates the buses, also reported that 85 buses did not have working air brakes because of the bitter cold.
The district says it will work with First Student to resolve the issue, with more extreme cold expected over the next several days.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State address on Jan. 21.
The governor outlines his legislative priorities during the speech and also releases his state budget proposal. Nixon plans to make his remarks at 7 p.m. to a joint session of the House and Senate.
The Democratic governor already has outlined some of his priorities for the 2014 session. Those include more funding for public school districts and higher education, an expansion of the state Medicaid health care program to cover more lower-income adults and an overhaul of the state's tax credit programs.
Republican legislative leaders have said a Medicaid expansion is unlikely. They also have disagreed with Nixon's administration on the amount of money expected to be available for next year's budget.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - It's been more than 25 years since workers renovating Abraham Lincoln's home found a letter fragment in a mouse's nest inside a wall. But researchers think they've finally identified the author of the mystery letter as newspaper editor Andrew Johnston.
Stacy Pratt McDermott is an associate editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. She compared handwriting on the fragment with other correspondence between Lincoln and Johnston and found it matched.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the two men exchanged several letters about poetry and politics.
The March 10, 1846, letter sent from Quincy, Ill., was Johnston's reply to a poem the future president had shared with him.
Papers of Abraham Lincoln Director Daniel Stowell says "it illuminates an interesting part of Lincoln's career in that he enjoyed poetry."