KIRKWOOD, MO (AP) – A suburban St. Louis high school has received a $10 million grant to build a swimming pool.
The Earl and Myrtle Walker Foundation announced the donation Wednesday to Kirkwood High School. It will be used to build The Walker Natatorium.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Walkers both graduated from Kirkwood High School and have made many previous donations to the school, as well as several other St. Louis-area institutions.
The district plans to begin construction this summer, with the pool opened by the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
The school’s water polo and swimming and diving teams currently use a pool at St. Louis Community College.
Earl Walker was the co-founder of Carr Lane Manufacturing Co. in Shrewsbury, which makes parts used to make tools.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.
The bill given final approval Thursday by the Senate allows the creation of voluntary registries of people with "health-related ailments" who may need assistance in emergencies. The House passed the bill earlier, so it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.
The identities of people on the list would be exempt from disclosure under Missouri's open-records law. But an incident report would be made public if any of the people are involved in a disaster or emergency.
ST. CHARLES, MO (AP) – A Texas man faces second-degree assault charges after allegedly striking a bicyclist while driving drunk.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 47-year-old David E. Walker of Plano is accused of hitting 39-year-old cyclist Jeffrey Weckerherlin Wednesday evening on Missouri Highway 94.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says Weckerherlin suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Walker was jailed on a $50,000 cash-only bond. The assault charge incorporates his operation a motor vehicle while intoxicated, resulting in injury.
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) isn't attending a Republican dinner in Moline because he says he disagrees with past statements from a pastor asked to speak at the event.
The Moline Dispatch Rauner was to attend Thursday's Rock Island County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner where the Rev. Donald Johnson of Rock Island's Destiny Baptist Church is speaking.
Rauner told The Associated Press Thursday he "strongly strongly" disagrees with Johnson's comments. He wouldn't elaborate.
The Dispatch reports Johnson's books accuse President Barack Obama of "anti-Biblical" actions and that he "homosexualized the military."
Johnson was taken off the program then added back.
He declined comment to the newspaper. Calls to his church went unanswered.
County GOP chairman Bill Bloom says Johnson's social conservative message made Rauner's campaign "nervous."
COLUMBIA, MO (AP) – The University of Missouri journalism school has modified its classroom use of aerial drones as a legal challenge to the FAA ban on commercial use of the flying robots unfolds.
The School of Journalism grounded its outdoor use of new- gathering drones after receiving a cease and desist letter from the Federal Aviation Administration last summer.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a judge in early March ruled that the federal agency lacks the authority to enforce such a ban. The FAA has appealed that ruling to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Mizzou students in the one-credit drone journalism class fly the devices indoors while the ban on outdoor use remains. The FAA has said it expects to issue revised rules on commercial drone use by next year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to the first comprehensive rewrite of the state's criminal laws in decades.
The House and Senate voted Thursday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. The measure would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors, and reorganize crimes to fit the new penalty structure.
It also reduces the punishment for people convicted of possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana on their first offense and lengthens prison sentences for criminals who sexually abuse children.
Nixon has previously expressed reservations that the bill would do too much at one time. The overhaul passed with enough votes in both chambers to override a potential veto. Because of the vote's timing, Nixon would have to act before lawmakers adjourn in mid-May.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty
Forty-six-year-old Craig Michael Wood appeared Thursday in Greene County Circuit Court in Springfield. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was delayed until May 22.
Wood is accused of abducted Hailey Owens while she walked home from her best friend's house, just two blocks from her own home. Shocked neighbors reported watching the abduction and unsuccessfully giving chase as Hailey was pulled into a pickup truck that sped away. She was found dead hours later in the basement of Wood's home.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the judge granted a request made by prosecutors earlier this week to add rape and sodomy charges in response to recently released autopsy results.
The City of Berkeley is participating in a program designed to encourage citizens to turn-in all of their unused or expired medication for safe disposal.
Berkeley officials, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other area Police Departments, announce another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event this Saturday, April 26.
These Take Back Days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous.
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost twice as many Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
The City of Berkeley’s Collection site will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Police Department, located on North Hanley Rd.