Many parents in the Francis Howell School District say they're concerned about the impact of students from the unaccredited Normandy District transferring to their schools. Several sounded off at a town hall meeting Thursday night at Howell Central High School in Cottleville.
Some expresses concerns about resources being channeled to transferring students who are academically behind. Other's were concerned that about violence that may come to Francis Howell from Normandy, a district that has struggled with violence in its schools.
Francis Howell superintendent Dr. Pam Sloan spoke openly about her opposition to the transfers, saying that busing kids to a new district isn't the way to fix a failing one.
But not everyone in the district is so concerned. Francis Howell senior class president Eric Lee cautioned the crowd not to make assumptions about the students transferring in from Normandy. Lee said it's not right to assume the kids who choose to transfer are going to cause problems.
District officials won't know until August 2nd how many Normandy students plan to transfer.
St. Louis County Police are hoping someone can lead them to a teenager who fled naked from Christian Hospital Thursday evening. Police have issued an Endangered Persons Advisory for 16-year-old Vernon J. Echols.
Police say the teen was taken to the hospital at Dunn Road and Highway-367 after attempting suicide. But he escaped. He was last seen heading north.
Echols is described as black, with a medium complexion, black hair and brown eyes. He's five-seven and 133-pounds. Police say he wasn't wearing any clothes when he took off.
Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.
Area college students demonstrated outside Roy Blunt's office in Clayton today to voice their opposition to the recent interest rate hike on educational loans. Inaction by Congress led to a doubling of the rate from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1. Leaders of Young Activists United anticipated a meeting with Senator Blunt, but Tatericka Holmes, who attends SIUE, says they left disappointed.
"It was basically his secretary who gave us this press release and told us that he was in D.C. and he could talk to us another time. But that's the second time we've heard that so when is he going to speak to us", says Holmes
Holmes says Senator Blunt expects to sponsor a bi-partisan bill capping the student loan interest rate at 8.25 percent, but protestors say that is still too high a price to pay.
Police say the suspect who allegedly stole an elderly woman's purse is in custody.
The 94-year-old victim noticed her purse had been stolen and started seeing charges show up on one of her credit cards. A tipster called police with the suspect's identity shortly after the story was first broadcast by the media. Prosecutors are reviewing the case and charges could be filed tomorrow.
According to the FBI, the same person may be responsible for robbing four banks along Interstate 55.
The first robbery was in May of this year. In all four robberies the so-called "I-55 Bandit" handed the teller a note demanding money and indicating he had a weapon, but never showing it.
The suspect is young, between 18 and 25 years old and about six feet tall. Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Political activist Rex Sinquefield has contributed $1.3 million to a business coalition that supports an income tax cut.
The contribution reported Thursday on the state Ethics Commission website provides the financial foundation for a newly formed committee called Grow Missouri.
The group is launching a campaign to persuade legislators to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would phase in various income tax reductions. The bill would cut tax rates for individuals and corporations and create a new deduction for business income reported on individual tax returns.
Two of the members of the new coalition are the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Associated Industries of Missouri. Both plan to begin airing TV ads next Monday supporting a veto override.
Schnucks did not violate any Missouri data security laws in connection to grocer's massive data breach.
Fox 2 reports that Attorney General Chris Koster's office made that announcement today. His office said that Schnucks was in fact, a victim of criminal wrongdoing. The security breach impacted nearly 80 stores and 2.4 million customer credit cards.
West Nile virus is present in mosquitoes in St. Louis County. A delay in the results from the lab used by the health department caused a lag in reporting the positive results. Drew Hane, manager of operations for St. Louis Vector Control, says West Nile is appearing in mosquitoes sporadically across the county, but there are areas with higher concentrations.
"We are pretty heavy in the North County area; so Jennings, unicorporated Florissant, Dellwood, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Spanish Lake, those areas we are seeing quite a few traps come back with samples that are positive for West Nile virus", Hane says.
Hane urges residents in those areas to be especially vigilant in reducing exposure to mosquitoes. They are encouraged to eliminate standing water from property and use bug sprays that contain deet or picaradin. Vector Control does perform spraying in some areas of St. Louis County. More information on spray routes and the schedule can be found by calling 314-615-4BUG (4284) or by clicking here.
Mosquito populations are exploding compared to last year. Hane tells KTRS News that some of their mosquito traps have already captured as many bugs as they did through the end of August last year. The increase in mosquito population could lead to an increase in the number of human cases of West Nile. The first human cases of West Nile typically present in late July or early August.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that seeks to set up scholarships to help special-needs children get services from private facilities or other public schools.
The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships. The measure, called "Bryce's Law," is named after the 6-year-old autistic grandson of the legislation's sponsor, House member Dwight Scharnhorst. Bryce died of epilepsy in 2007.
Initially, the proposal was for a voucher-like initiative that would offer state tax credits for charitable contributions to provide scholarships for children to attend private centers. The revised version was added to a broader education measure this year.
Nixon signed the legislation Thursday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's final tab has come in from a disastrous 2011 that included the Joplin tornado and widespread flooding. The costs are a lot less than what Gov. Jay Nixon originally anticipated.
Figures provided to The Associated Press by Nixon's budget office show that the state's share for the disasters is a little over $36 million.
That's merely a quarter of the $150 million that Nixon set aside for disaster aid in 2011.
Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, says there was no dollar-for-dollar tracking of how the rest of the money was used. She says it simply got rolled into the general revenue pool for government operations and services.
Legislative budget leaders say Nixon's $150 million set-aside was an unnecessary budget manipulation.