ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two troubled St. Louis-area school district could pay a combined $23 million to cover tuition and transportation costs for students opting to attend accredited districts.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/11iSOkf ) reports that nearly 1,700 students in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts have applied to transfer. That follows a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring unaccredited districts to pick up those costs for students who want to attend better schools.
The home districts must cover the tuition costs, and must pay for transportation to at least one school district.
The potential financial cost is a huge challenge for the two districts that are already facing budget problems.
About 16 percent of students in both districts have expressed interest in transferring.
St. Louis police are searching for a suspect after the director of catering at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel was shot to death while driving home. John Paulsen was on his way home early Sunday after a Saturday night wedding. Authorities say he was shot to death after pulling over his car in south St. Louis.
WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - The mayor the village of Washington Park, Illinois says city leaders are talking about disbanding the police department.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Thursday that Washington Park Mayor Ann Rodgers says the village's financial situation is bleak. She says a number of options are being considered but nothing has been finalized. The village's police chief, Aubrey Keller, has previously suggested the department be abolished.
Keller says the department has a staff shortage and is paying overtime costs.
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly also agrees that abolishing the department is an option.
Washington Park has a $7 million deficit and Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has called for the state attorney general to investigate the village's finances.
O'Fallon, Missouri city councilman Michael Snowden is stepping down after just five months in office.
Snowden was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former councilman Mark Perkins, and then elected to the post in April. Perkins had quit to devote more time to his job.
In a statement Snowden says he's accepted a position in another State to run and operate a "911-Emergency Dispatch Center." His resignation is effective September 15th.
It's not known yet if his Fifth Ward seat will be filled before the general election next April.
The Mehlville school district won't hire more teacher or enlarge class sizes in order to accommodate students transferring in from the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District.
The Mehlville school board supported their superintendent's position and set class size limits Thursday night. That will allow the district to accept only 150 of the roughly 450 students who've applied to transfer.
A lottery will be held August 2nd to determine which students can make the switch from Riverview Gardens to Mehlville.
More than 200 parents attended last night's school board meeting at Mehlville High School. Many expressed concerns about the cost of busing and the number of hours students will spend in transit. Others were concerned that the transfer students will put a drain on the Mehlville district.
Mehlville Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost has said that maintaining the district's small class sizes is key to maintaining educational excellence.
A year after fire swept through the four-story 3949 Lindell Apartments, the building is about to reopen.
Fire broke out in the attic of the 197 unit building on July 17th of 2012. The five alarm fire quickly spread through the Central West End complex. No one was hurt, but more than half of the building was destroyed. St. Louis fire officials say the blaze burned so hot that investigators were not able to determine a cause.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the building now has sprinklers in the attic, a firefighting feature absent in the original building.
Tenants have already moved into one rebuilt section, with the rest of the project will reopen in mid-August.
Five prisoners being held in the Wellston city jail are free, even though their warrants haven't been cleared.
Officials released all the prisoners Wednesday night because the police department could no longer afford to feed them. The cash-strapped city had stopped providing funds for inmate meals.
Police officers began dipping into their own pockets to buy them food, but the city refused to reimburse the officers.
All of the prisoners released were being held on misdemeanor warrants.
Authorities have recovered human remains in a septic tanks in St. Francois County.
Just after 11 AM, the body was found on un occupied property northeast of Bonne Terre. The discovery is the result of a 7-month missing person investigation that involved Federal, State and local Law Enforcement agencies.
Identification of the body has not been released pending notification of the family.
Anheuser-Busch confirms that their new Soulard biergarten will open next month.
The groundbreaking happened in May next door to the tour center at 12th and Lynch streets. The biergarten will have 17 beers on draught. The facility will also host daily beer tastings. The food menu is expected to expand later in the year.
Admission to the biergarten is free.
A cement plant worker is recovering at a local hospital after falling eight feet into a gravel bin Thursday. Emergency workers were called to the Valley Material Company cement plant in Valley Park about 3:30 p.m.
Valley Park Assistant Fire Chief Rolland Piotraschke says rescuers used several ladder trucks to reach and retrieve the man who was buried waist deep in gravel when they found him. Piotraschke says the rescue was made more difficult because the worker was unconscious when he was removed from the bin.
Lois Hewkin, whose family owns Valley Park Welding says the man is a welder who was fixing a hole in the gravel hopper when he slipped and fell. She describes him as a hard worker who's been with the company for about 18 years.
Hewkin says the man is expected to make a full recovery.