JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri education officials are digging into proposals to help struggling school districts.
Three Missouri districts, including Kansas City, are currently unaccredited, and a 2013 law gave the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education more power to intervene in struggling school systems.
More than a half-dozen improvement plans have been submitted by school districts, education organizations and the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust, a private school reform group under contract with the state.
The State Board of Education scheduled a work session on the proposals Monday. The education department plans to present its recommendations to the board on Feb. 18.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - One person is in critical condition after an accident on northbound Interstate 55 Monday morning.
The St. Louis Fire Department says one person was thrown from the vehicle during the accident near Loughborough. The accident involved a total of three vehicles and three people were injured. Investigators are on scene trying to determine the cause of the accident.
As of 7:50 AM, all northbound lanes of the highway are closed and traffic is being diverted onto Loughborough.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - More Missouri students could get personal help with filing out college applications this fall.
The Coordinating Board for Higher Education has announced an expansion of "College Application Week."
More than 2,000 students filled out applications during the inaugural event last October at 26 high schools in St. Louis, Kansas City and parts of rural Missouri. The board says it hopes to double the number of participating high schools this fall.
The program is available to all high school seniors, but the goal is to increase the number of applications from students in low-income families and those who would be the first in their families to attend college.
Members of the Missouri College Advising Corps provide one-on-one help to students when filling out applications.
Two children are dead and two others hurt after house fire in North County Monday morning.
Fire crews were called to a home on Airport Road just east of I-270 in Berkeley areound 5:30 this morning. After the blaze was extinguished, firefighters searched the home and found the children dead in the house.
A third child and an adult were taken to the hospital in unknown condition.
Authorities have no identified the victims and the cause of the fire is unclear.
Metro-east authorities aren't sure how a woman found slumped over the wheel of a rental van in a store parking lot actually died.
The Madison County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 42 year old Frances M. Ragan of East Alton. The coroner's officer reportst that an initial autopsy found no signs of violence or trauma. Further testing, including toxicology tests, will be performed.
An employee of the Dollar General store in the 400 block of Broadway in South Roxana had discovered the woman Saturday morning and called police.
Investigators are asking anyone who spoke to Frances Ragan over the past several days to contact them.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of people who have developmental disabilities could begin receiving publicly funded services as Missouri officials tackle a waiting list for in-home services that now stands at almost 1,400 people.
Governor Jay Nixon is proposing nearly $24 million for in-home services for people who qualify for Medicaid that officials say would cover 970 people. The Department of Mental Health says about 500 people would remain on the waiting list that several years ago stood at more than 2,000 people.
Other states also have waiting lists for the services. The waits can lead to financial challenges and psychological strain.
ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri community that was the first in the state to install red light cameras says it will keep issuing tickets to red-light runners caught on camera, but they don't have to pay the fine if they don't want to.
TheSt. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Arnold City Council voted unanimously Thursday to not pursue tickets from the cameras. The decision comes after the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled in December that Arnold's red-light camera law is unconstitutional.
City Administrator Bryan Richison says those who get tickets and come to court will get their ticket dismissed, while no warrants will be issued for those who just ignore the tickets. Those who pay the fines, however, won't get their money back.