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Normandy schools considering cuts to cover transfer costs

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:06 Published in Local News

   Normandy school officials are eyeing cuts to cover the $15 million in tuition costs for 1,600 students who transferred out of the unaccredited district.  Superintendent Ty McNichols says he's begun identifying teachers and programs that will fall to the budget ax.  

   McNichols told a group of about 40 people gathered a a policy breakfast at the Show-Me Institute Tuesday that he's also working to bolster academics, attendance and the graduation rate in the failing district.  But he says he doesn't expect to make big advances before the next transfer application deadline rolls around in February.  

   Normandy has just two months to pay the first of the tuition bills which arrived last week, or the Missouri education department will withhold funding.

9/11 anniversary to be marked with tributes

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 01:40 Published in National News

   NEW YORK (AP) - Sept. 11 victims' loved ones will gather at ground zero to commemorate the attacks' anniversary with the reading of names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.

   At Wednesday's ceremony on the 9/11 memorial plaza, relatives will recite the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa.

   The Pentagon and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville also plan name-reading, wreath-laying and other tributes.

   The anniversary is expected to be the last before the Sept. 11 museum opens at ground zero. That's due this spring.

   Changes also are coming at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. Officials gathered there Tuesday to mark the start of construction on a visitor center.

   

 

Assault rifle raffle at Nieves' fundraiser is drawing fire

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 01:31 Published in Local News

   A fundraiser for a state senator from the St. Louis area is drawing fire.  

   State Senator Brian Nieves (R) plans to give raffle off an AR-15 assault rifle at a fundraiser in Pacific next month.  Raffle tickets will go to supporters who give $1,000 or more at the October 12th event.  

   Critics accuse Nieves of stunting to draw support for an override of Nixon's veto of a controversial gun rights bill -- a bill that criminalizes the enforcement of federal gun laws in Missouri, and which Nieves sponsored.  

   But the Senator says this isn't the first time he's given away a gun at a fundraiser, its just the first AR-15.  

   Missouri lawmakers will gather in Jefferson City Wednesday and attempt to override a number of Nixon vetoes, including House Bill 436.

   Nieves represents Franklin and western St. Louis Counties.

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