School board members won't be able to hire family members for supervisory positions in the Fox School District if they adopt a proposed anti-nepotism policy at tonight's board meeting.
The Jefferson County district has been struggling with the issue since the district hired Kelly Nash as food services director late last year. Nash is a former McDonald's assistant manager with a high school diploma and no advanced certifications. She's the daughter-in-law of Linda Nash, who was president of the school board at the time.
The policy to be voted on tonight would prohibit board members from hiring relatives to supervisor positions, such as principals, assistant principals and department directors.
Charges could be filed as soon as Tuesday morning against a Wellston City Councilwoman who allegedly attacked a resident during Monday night's council meeting.
Police say it began as a verbal altercation between council member Helen Jackson and an older woman who was addressing the council. But it escalated into a physical altercation after Jackson left her seat behind the podium and approached the woman, allegedly grabbing her arm. Police intervened, restraining Jackson.
The victim was taken to the hospital. Her condition isn't known.
The meeting broke up before the council could vote on the Mayor's appointment of former Pine Lawn Police Chief Rickey Collins with the Wellston police department.
Collins was hired after being fired by Pine Lawn for undisclosed reasons last month.
Wellston Police Chief G.T. Walker says he doesn't want Collins on his force, in part because of questions surrounding his record on the job. "We're in the process of rebuilding the name of the city of Wellston, the police department and all of the other departments," Walker said. "I feel that we need to hire the best that we can, with the cleanest records that we can so that we can move forward."
Walker also noted that Collins had fired many of the former Pine Lawn police officers who currently work in Wellston's department.
Collins says he believes Walker and the other officers who oppose him are looking for revenge.
Traffic pain is on the way for some West County residents next month.
MoDOT will be closing one lane on Route 109 nightly starting the week of July 15. Crews will start the closures at 9 PM each night while the resurface the road between 44 and Route 100.
The work is scheduled to run into the fall and MoDOT encourages drivers to start looking for alternate routes now to be prepared for the closures.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll decide on a concealed carry bill in a "very reasonable period of time" as the state faces a court-mandated deadline next month.
Lawmakers have sent the Chicago Democrat a bill that outlines rules for who can carry.
Illinois had the nation's last ban on concealed weapons in public. But a federal appeals court ruled it unconstitutional. Lawmakers have until July 9 to comply.
Twenty-three Senate Democrats sent Quinn a letter last week urging him to make his intentions known soon. They're worried they won't have enough time to figure out next steps if he vetoes the bill.
Quinn told reporters Tuesday that it's a very complex and long bill and he wants a thorough review.
Several counties are refusing to uphold the state's ban.
St. Louis police have identified a young woman found dead over the weekend.
29-year-old Annette Bock was found inside a vacant North City home around 6:30 on Saturday evening. No signs of trauma were visible on her body. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former southwest Missouri man is serving nine years in prison without parole for an investment scheme that defrauded senior citizens out of nearly $1.2 million.
Federal prosecutors announced Monday that 68-year-old Steven Gwin, formerly of Ozark, was sentenced Friday and ordered to pay $1.17 million in restitution.
Gwin pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to mail fraud and money laundering. Between August 2005 and March 2007, Gwin solicited investments for retirement ventures and conducted seminars for senior citizens to promote the investment programs.
But prosecutors say once individuals invested with Gwin, he used their funds for personal expenses.
It came down with a... whisper.
Unlike demolition, deflation is a little quieter, as witnessed by those who watched the Explorer Dome's 16 year run hosting special exhibits, weddings and parties at the St. Louis Science Center came to an end Monday morning. It will take about six weeks to clear up the area and plans for the next exhibit remain under discussion.
Science Center president Bert Vescolani says the new exhibit will feature the area's strengths,"Celebrate what the region does really well and some of the things that are special about this region. We are fortunate to have such a huge science, technology, engineering, math community, so we've got a lot of content and a lot of resources to work with."
It took less than ten minutes to deflate the Explorer Dome, which opened in 1997 as a temporary exhibit space.
A man was found dead inside a Best Buy "Geek Squad" car today.
Police found the car along the side of eastbound Interstate 64 in Chesterfield around 9:30 this morning. KMOV reports there were no clues as to his cause of death. The victim has not been identified.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man will serve one year and one day in prison with no chance of parole for evading federal reporting rules to conceal a scheme to sell stolen cooking oil.
The U.S. Attorney's office says in a news release Monday that 46-year-old Jesse Arnold of Sarcoxie was sentenced Friday. He also must also forfeit $207,817.
Arnold operated 4 States Grease Company, which collected spent cooking oil for recycling. He admitted last December that he knew he was buying old cooking oil that had been stolen by various drivers from businesses in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Prosecutors said Arnold avoided federal reporting requirements by making withdrawals from his business checking count for less than $10,000. Banks must file a currency transaction report for any financial transaction over $10,000.
Wayne Hubert, the man who allegedly left his son in a sweltering car last week, is out on bond.
Police say Hubert loaded his 23-month-old son in the car, then went inside and forgot about him. The boy was found until hours later, and died. The inside of the car reached over 100 degrees. Investigators say Hubert was drunk when they arrived.
He faces involuntary manslaughter charges.