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   Two south St. Louis schools will be renovated instead of being closed.  

   St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams recommended to the school board Thursday night that Shenandoah and Mann Elementary Schools remain open.  

   A 2009 study had suggested that both be closed and a single new school be built to replace them.  Adams says improvements in enrollment, academics and community support since then influenced his decision.  

   The proposed renovations would cost about $1.4 million.

Friday, 20 December 2013 08:31
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   Today is one of the busiest days of the year at Lambert St. Louis International Airport.  Operation Block Leave, will send thousands of troops from Fort Leonard Wood through the airport today as they head home for the holidays.  And they'll pass through the James S. McDonnell USO along the way.  
   This year, as in every year, the USO and area businesses have teamed up to throw them a big party.  
   Former Marine and Iran Embassy hostage, Rocky Sickmann was there, representing one of the sponsor, Anheuser-Busch.  
   Sickmann told Fox 2 News that the sacrifices our military personnel make for the sake of our freedom shouldn't be forgotten, especially at the holidays. "This USO here, is a small way for us to say thank you, as they go back home to enjoy their holiday season," Sickmann said.
   The soldiers arrived at the airport to find food, music and other comforts as they wait for their planes home.
 
Friday, 20 December 2013 08:27
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers responsible for the budget have an agreement on a revenue estimate for next year's budget but say Gov. Jay Nixon did not sign off on it.
 
Legislative budget leaders and the governor typically reach a revenue estimate that is the foundation for the budget. Agreeing how much money is available lets officials focus on how to spend that money.
 
On Thursday, House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer said they will use an estimate of 4.2 percent growth in revenues. The lawmakers say Nixon's office sought an estimate they do not think can be supported.
 
Nixon says he will propose a "fiscally responsible budget." He says the economy is gaining steam and officials have an opportunity to invest in students and schools.
 
Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:31
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CHICAGO (AP) - Unemployment dropped in Illinois in November to 8.7 percent. It was the third straight monthly decrease but Illinois' unemployment rate remains one of the highest nationally.
 
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the addition of a net 10,300 private-sector jobs helped push unemployment down by two-tenths of a percent in November. The federal government said earlier this month that national unemployment dropped to 7 percent in November from 7.3 percent a month earlier.
 
According the monthly Illinois report, the state added 6,100 construction jobs in November and 6,700 jobs among trade, transportation and utility companies.
 
But the state's manufacturers cut payrolls by a net 10,300 jobs. And government employers cut 4,400 jobs.
 
Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:29
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ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) -- City officials, including Mayor Slay joined forces Thursday afternoon to support The Salvation Army.
 
Employees, volunteers, soldiers and students from Carr Lane Performing Arts Academy filled City Hall with holiday carols. 
 
Mayor Slay and other officials were out ringing the bell to support The Red Kettle Campaign. Donations support various shelters, food baskets and toys for children who may not receive a gift this holiday season.
 
Mr. Slay says, "The Salvation Army does a lot to help some the most vulnerable in our community, our neighbors who need a hand help. Some of the them who do not have a place to lay their head at night, like many of us are fortunate to have."
 
For more information about The Salvation Army, click here.
 
Thursday, 19 December 2013 13:30
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St. Louis County Police and the FBI are working together to investigate a bank robbery.

 

A Fifth Third Bank in Ferguson was robbed today. Witnesses told police that the suspect told a teller he had a gun and demanded money. The suspect made of with cash.

 

No description of the suspect has been released.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:56
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Researchers at Saint Louis University are say dogs may be more than man's best friend.

 

The doctors say having dogs in the house may keep children from developing asthma and allergies later in life. The researchers exposed mice to dust from a dog owner’s home then tested the mice’s immune response to a substance that commonly triggers asthma attacks. The mice exposed to the dust had a less severe reaction.

 

Doctors say the exposure teaches your immune system how to react.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:45
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The Ferguson-Florissant School District is moving forward with plans to terminate Superintendent Dr. Art McCoy.

 

On November 6 the board placed Dr. McCoy on paid leave. The next step in the procedure is to hold a hearing with McCoy so he can hear the reasons for his termination. The hearing will be in a closed session, unless the two sides agree to hold the meeting in open session.

 

In a statement posted to the school district's Facebook page, Board President Paul Morris says that after the hearing they will decide if McCoy's contract should be terminated with cause.

 

The school board has not released the reason they placed McCoy on leave last month.

 

The full statement is posted below:

Dear Ferguson-Florissant School District Families, Staff and Community,
 
As you know, on Nov. 6, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education placed Dr. Art McCoy on paid administrative leave. Since that time, the Board has looked into several areas of concern and an independent, third-party investigation has been completed.
 
As a result of conclusions reached through these investigations, the Board has voted 6-1 to issue a notice of charges to Dr. McCoy stating reasons the board is considering terminating his contract for cause. Dr. McCoy and his attorney have received the statement of charges.
 
In accordance with the superintendent’s contract with the Board of Education, Dr. McCoy will receive a full hearing of these charges. The hearing will be conducted in closed session, unless a mutual agreement is reached between the Board and Dr. McCoy to hold the meeting in open session. Only after the hearing will the Board determine whether to terminate Dr. McCoy’s contract for cause, which would relieve the District’s responsibility to pay Dr. McCoy’s salary and benefits.
 
This was a very difficult decision, but one that we believe is in the best interests of our students, parents and community. It was made after a thorough, independent investigation and much careful deliberation among all members of the Board of Education. We recognize and are grateful for Dr. McCoy’s contributions to our students since becoming superintendent. Unfortunately, we find it necessary to take this action at this time.
 
We want our students, their families and our community to know that we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every one of our students receives the highest-quality educational opportunities available, and that we will work closely with our District community to forge the path forward with the ultimate goal of success for all of our students.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mr. Paul T. Morris
President
Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education
 
Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:51
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The Metropolitan Sewer District is embarking on a 23-year, $4.7 billion plan to improve water quality in the St. Louis area.
 
Most residents won't see the aggressive program of maintenance and repair. Crystal Howard, a spokesperson for MSD, joined McGraw Thursday morning and said the public can help with the project. Howard is asking residents to keep food scraps, oils, and grease--or FOG--out of the sewer system. She encourages everyone to keep a can next to the kitchen sink and instead of dumping oil and grease down the drain, pour it into the can.
 
MSD started the FOG campaign in November and Howard said the results were great, "We did this initiative just before Thanksgiving, we asked everybody--reminded them not to do that. We have had a 10-year low on backups for November"
 
MSD is offering free lids for grease cans. They can be picked up at MSD Headquarters at 2350 Market Street.
 
 
 

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