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   The first tuition bill is in for Normandy students who transferred to Francis Howell.  

   Four hundred forty-nine transfer students began classes in Francis Howell schools on August 8th.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the total due now is just over $424,000.  Francis Howell Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple told the paper the bill was sent Tuesday via email.  

   Normandy officials say the invoice must be processed and approved by the school board, which could take a month or more.  

   Missouri education officials have suggested unaccredited districts pay tuition bills within 10 days.  State officials have also said they will withhold state aid distributions if an unaccredited district falls two months behind in paying transfer tuition.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 02:01
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   The St. Louis County Council is moving ahead with a bill that would subject County Police Commission nominees to background check.  After the measure advanced Tuesday night, it could win final approval as soon as next week.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that council members dispatched County Executive Charlie Dooley's proposal aimed at forcing subcontractors to disclose potential conflicts of interest on county projects without a vote, effectively rejecting the measure.  

   Both bills grew out of the scandal that unfolded when former police board chairman Gregory Sansone's company was hired to subcontract on construction of a new crime lab.  The FBI is currently investigating the matter.  

   If the background check measure passes, which could happen as soon as next week, it would take affect immediately.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 01:11
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   A robbery near Belleville in which the victim was pistol whipped is prompting a warning from Metro-east authorities about the dangers of online sales.  

   St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson says a woman and her boyfriend were robbed at gun point in the parking lot of the Bradford Place Apartments.  They were lured there by someone who'd advertised an iPhone for sale on Craigslist.  

   Two teens, one with a gun, stole the couple's cash and a cell phone.  One of the teens struck the woman in the head with a handgun.  

   One of the suspects is identified as 17 yr. old Trevon Yates of East St. Louis.  The other is a juvenile, identified only as a 16 yr. old male. Both teens are now in custody and facing felony charges. 

   Sheriff Watson is reminding the public to use extreme caution when buying and selling things online and only meet strangers in a well-lit, public place.    

 
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 01:02
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A convict who escaped from the Robinson Correctional Center before the weekend, is back in custody.

Police say Jared Carter is being held in the Crawford County jail. Carter was walking down the street in Palestine, Illinois when he the village's chief of police and other officers approached him. When the police asked him for ID he just said "I'm who you're looking for" and surrendered.

Carter was an inmate-trustee at the Robinson Correctional Center who was allowed to work on prison grounds outside the walls. He was working on Friday when authorities say he walked away.

Palestine is in Eastern Illinois near the Indiana state line.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 17:19
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High flying action is coming to Festus next month.

The weekend of October 5 and 6 will be the Jefferson County Air Festival. In addition to the air show, there will be food, skydiving exhibitions, and helicopter rides. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per vehicle.

The event is held at the Festus airport. 

For more information, call 636-937-2228 or visit www.FestusAirport.net.

 

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:49
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STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri murder case will hinge on claims of self-defense and whether a property owner had the right to shoot a canoer who may have intruded on his land.

James Crocker had grown weary of the people encroaching on his property along the Meramec River. A nasty confrontation in July ended when Crocker allegedly shot and killed Paul Dart Jr., who was on a canoe trip.

Defense attorney Michael Bert says Crocker is covered by the state's castle doctrine, which allows the use of deadly force to protect property. Bert says Crocker also felt his life was in danger.

Prosecutors cited witnesses who said Crocker flew into a rage and opened fire after a man relieved himself near his yard. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

 

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:47
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.

The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."

Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to decide whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.

Supporters of the legislation have been running their own ads for weeks. They have been financed largely by nearly $2.4 million in contributions from retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:45
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Laclede Gas Co. says it has finalized a $975 million deal to buy Missouri Gas Energy.

Laclede announced Tuesday that the purchase has been completed. The deal combines Missouri's two largest natural gas companies under one entity that will serve more than 1.1 million customers across the state.

St. Louis-based Laclede had served about 630,000 customers in St. Louis and 10 eastern Missouri counties. Missouri Gas Energy had served about 500,000 customers in about 30 western and central Missouri counties, including the Kansas City, St. Joseph and Joplin areas.

Laclede had announced the deal last December. State utility regulators approved it in July.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:43
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It was a deadly holiday weekend on Missouri roadways.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says seven people died over Labor Day weekend, including two in St. Louis. Two deaths in the metro area were motorcyclists in town for the Ride of the Century, including Michael Evans. Evans was attempting to pass a car stopped at a light when he clipped the side-view mirror and ran into a pole.

Troopers investigated 248 crashes that resulted in the deaths and 112 injuries. A bright spot, the number of drunk-driving arrests was down from last year--119 this year, 147 in 2012.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 14:02
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Students in East St. Louis School District 189 are finally back in school.

The first day of classes were pushed back after construction projects finished behind schedule. The high school has seen major renovations that should improve the education experience for some 1,300 students. Construction work on the school's roof and floor were not finished in time for the original August 21 start.

Work of another kind will continue in the classrooms--the latest test results show that vast majority of schools in the district did not meet reading or math requirements.

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