The many issues surrounding education in Missouri has lawmakers taking a closer look at student transfers, teacher evaluations and school safety. An interim House committee on education is holding hearings on those and other topics this week in several communities. Meetings today in St. Charles and St. Louis will focus on student transfers out of unaccredited districts. This fall, students from the Riverview Gardens and Normandy districts became the first in Missouri to transfer to neighboring districts. Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Education has scheduled a hearing October 1 in Jefferson City focused solely on student transfers.
A wetlands restoration project, which will help improve the habitat for migratory birds and waterfowl in both Illinois and Missouri, has received a grant and matching funds totaling $3-million. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $1 million in funding for a project to protect and restore almost 2,900 acres of breeding, migration and winter habitat in southwestern Illinois and St. Charles County, Mo. The oversight company, Ducks Unlimited for Bottomlands of the Great Rivers, and its partners, will provide more than $2 million in matching money. Residential and commercial development has hurt wetlands and caused erosion and runoff. The project will focus on the Big Muddy River Bottoms and Cache River Basin areas within the Shawnee National Forest and the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
Two men have been arrested this morning in relation to the stabbing death of a North County woman on Sunday. St. Louis County Police arrested a 47 year old and 48 year old man following the homicide investigation of 31 year old Shrelia Barnes. Barnes was attacked near Chambers and Duke in North County yesterday. Officers responded to Christian Northeast Hospital at about 3 o'clock Sunday morning after the injured woman was dropped off by two unknown individuals. She died shortly thereafter. During the investigation, one of the two individuals who had dropped Barnes off at the hospital returned and spoke with investigators. The stabbing allegedly occurred during an argument between Barnes and the suspects over money. Warrant applications will take place later today. The suspects names will be released if charges are filed.