The cost of everything is about to go up in Edwardsville, but only by a little.
The Edwardsville City Council Thursday night approved a 0.25 percent home-rule sales tax increase on a 5-2 vote. The currently 6.85 percent sales tax will go up to 7.1 percent, adding 25 cents to every $100 spent in the metro-east city.
The additional revenue will be used to build a new police and fire station with the goal of cutting emergency response times.
Proponents of the sales tax say it would be unfair to put the whole burden of paying for the new station on property owners.
The former metro-east judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal could learn his punishment today on federal gun and heroin charges.
Last month U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade rejected a plea deal with former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook. McDade had called the proposed 18 month prison term too lenient. The judge delayed proceedings until today to give both sides time to negotiate a stiffer prison sentence for him to consider.
At a 10:30 a.m. hearing, McDade could hand down that sentence -- if the two sides came to terms and if McDade finds the sentence stiff enough.
Cook still has the right to withdraw his November guilty plea and request a trial.
On Friday Illinois state education officials will receive the results of a cheating investigation involving Highland Community Unit School District 5.
Highland Superintendent Mike Sutton tells KMOV-TV that the month-long investigation determined that a district teacher had helped students who were taking the standardized ISAT test in 2013.
The school board on Monday sent the teacher a letter of remedial warning that said in part that 11 students "consistently reported the same actions" by the teacher and since the teacher couldn't explain why the students would fabricate the allegations, the board found the students accounts to be "more credible" than the teacher's.
The board is ordering the teacher to undergo additional training and follow the districts policies in order to maintain their job.
The teacher still hasn't been identified, but that could change if the state board takes more action on the matter.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Although it might surprise a few people, there’s some public schools in the city of St. Louis that are doing pretty well.
US News and World Report have rated Metro Academic and Classical High School as the top high school in Missouri. Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says not only is Metro doing well, but they’ve doubled the number of quality educational opportunities for parents in St. Louis over the past four or five years and believes if they keep doing that, not only will you see a turn around in the lives of children, but you’re also going to see a major turn around for the city itself.
US News also ranks Metro as the 135th best high school in the country.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) A very particular kind of art will be taking place in St. Louis over the next year or so.
A man by the name of Jer Thorp is taking up a 15-month residency in the area to perform data art, which is a combination of art and science where measurements provide the particular muse for the artist. Thorp says examples of those measurements could be photographs, audio recordings, dance performance or the tracks people take as they walk around in their daily lives. He also says while businesses and government tracks data to learn more about people, we should also use it to be more creative and ask questions that haven’t been asked before.
Thorp was recently the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times and is probably best known for designing the algorithm used to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial a particular order known as “meaningful adjacency”.
The project is made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Commission.
Another blow to the Normandy School District. The Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri House rejected a spending bill that would provide the district with $1.5 million to keep schools open for the rest of the school year. The money is part of a $327 million supplemental budget bill that was unanimously passed by the Senate. The House and Senate will have a joint committee to resolve the differences. Without the funds, Normandy is likely to run out of money by next month.