St. Louis Police are undergoing a major transition this morning.
At 4 a.m., crews physically made the switch as city police consolidate nine police districts into six. It's been more than 50 years since the district map in St. Louis was last changed.
Chief Sam Dotson says the redistricting is a crime-reducing strategy that will put more officers on the streets and improve communication within the department and between police and residents.
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Sunday was a doggone good day for one St. Louis dog-owner after firefighters rescued her puppy from a drainpipe. It happened at Union Blvd. and Enright Ave. in north city about 9:00 a.m.
Fire Department officials say the small grey puppy had slipped into a foot-wide drainage pipe that wasn't properly covered. The puppy's owner had been walking another dog on a leash, when it happened.
Firefighters lowered a noose 26 feet down and snagged the puppy, pulling it to freedom.
The puppy wasn't injured and was returned to its owner.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Opposition is starting to form around a ballot measure that would enshrine a "right to farm" in Missouri's Constitution.
A former Democratic state senator has started a political action committee to fight the ballot measure. Wes Shoemyer says the amendment would take away the people's ability to use the initiative petition process to regulate agriculture.
A coalition of farming and livestock associations, known as Missouri Farmers Care, argues the amendment is necessary to protect farmers from groups that use the ballot box to restrict farming and ranching.
Missouri lawmakers referred the measure to the ballot last year. It will appear on the November ballot unless Gov. Jay Nixon moves up the date. North Dakota voters approved similar constitutional protection in 2012.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is going to begin picking up the tab for students to take the ACT college entrance exam and dramatically reduce the amount of time some elementary and middle school students spend taking state assessments.
When the changes take effect next school year, Missouri will join more than a dozen states that already offer the ACT test to all their students. Missouri plans to offer the test once, free of charge to high school juniors.
Elementary and middle school students also will see changes as the state switches to new assessments tied to the Common Core standards for math and reading. Students in third, fourth, sixth and seventh grades will take a one-hour version of the test. Only fifth- and eighth-graders will take a longer seven-hour version.