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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri education officials say it's in the best interest of students transferring from unaccredited to accredited school districts to do so at the beginning of the school year.

But the Missouri Department of Education said in its latest guidance to schools that if there are extenuating circumstances, receiving districts should consider transfers at the semester based on available room.

Two unaccredited St. Louis County districts are now subject to the transfer law. Figures reported at the start of the school year indicate 1,451 transferred from Riverview Gardens and 1,189 students left Normandy.

So far, no transfers are happening in Kansas City because of a pending court case. After faring well on a school performance report, the Kansas City district is seeking to regain accreditation before it's subject to the law.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon's administration is working on a proposal that could allow national parks to reopen in Missouri with help from the state.

Nixon said Friday that Missouri's proposal would specifically include plans to reopen the Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park in southern Missouri.

He described the parks as "national treasures" that draw millions of visitors and "generate significant economic activity" for Missouri.

National parks have been closed because of the federal budget stalemate in Washington that has resulted in a partial government shutdown.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama's administration said it would allow parks to reopen if states are willing to pay the costs.

Utah and Colorado already have struck deals to re-open some of the national parks.

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Are you one of the more than 370,000 Missourians signed up to take part in the earthquake drill scheduled for the morning of October 17?

The drill teaches participants to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". Missouri is one of ten states involved. The drill starts at 10:17 AM and takes just 60 second. Oct. 17 is the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California, which killed 62 people and damaged thousands of buildings.

To register, go to http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/.

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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:24

Death row inmate asks for stay of execution

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An attorney for condemned killer Allen Nicklasson is asking the Missouri Supreme Court for a stay of execution, citing concerns about Missouri's planned use of the anesthetic propofol for the first time as a lethal injection drug.

Attorney Jennifer Herndon filed the motion on Wednesday. It wasn't clear when the court would issue a ruling.

The Missouri Department of Corrections has expressed confidence in propofol as an execution drug, but Herndon raised concerns that it could cause Nicklasson to suffer.

Nicklasson was convicted of the 1994 killing of Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond, who stopped to help when a car used by Nicklasson and two others broke down on Interstate 70. Another man in the car, Dennis Skillicorn, was executed in 2009.

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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:39

Trial underway for man shot by Missouri trooper

UNION, Mo. (AP) - The trial is under way for an eastern Missouri publisher of an anti-government newsletter facing multiple charges for a 2012 confrontation with state troopers.

The Washington Missourian reports that 47-year-old Jeffrey Weinhaus of Franklin County is charged with interfering with a judicial official, felony possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and assault of law enforcement officers.

Weinhaus was critically injured in a confrontation near St. Clair in September 2011 when he was shot by a state trooper after allegedly reaching for a handgun.

Jurors on Tuesday saw a video of Weinhaus saying he had a right to "go in there and blast" officials he felt were corrupt.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have blocked a proposed rule that could have expanded the use of ethanol in gasoline.

A legislative panel voted Wednesday to halt a rule change that would have allowed regular gasoline to be sold with a 15 percent blend of ethanol, which generally is made from corn.

Committee members said the proposal by the Department of Agriculture went beyond what is allowed in state law. They cited a 2006 Missouri law that requires a 10 percent blend of ethanol in gasoline. The proposed rule would not have mandated E15 but would have allowed it.

The committee's vote is like a temporary moratorium. The full Legislature can decide whether to permanently block the rule when it convenes in January. Or the department could withdraw the proposed rule change.

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Most of the Missouri Department of Corrections' supply of propofol is headed back to the Louisiana supplier. Supplier Morris and Dickson requested the drugs be returned a year ago and the state says they are complying with the request.

The state's plan to use the anesthetic for executions has come under fire of late. The vast majority of the drug is manufactured in Germany and the European Union is considering export controls if it is used in an execution.

It is unclear what effect the return will have on planned executions--the first scheduled for October 23. The Post-Dispatch reports that the state still has some propofol in stock.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - People whose Missouri homes and businesses were damaged by floods and strong storms in August now can qualify for federal low-interest loans.

The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday approved disaster aid for Pulaski and Taney counties, as well as their neighboring counties of Camden, Christian, Douglas, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Ozark, Phelps, Stone and Texas. The aid is for damage that occurred from Aug. 2-14.

Homeowners can get loans of up to $200,000 for their real estate, and owners and renters can get loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property. Businesses and nonprofit groups can get loans of up to $2 million.

President Barack Obama previously approved federal aid for public entities in 18 Missouri counties but denied a disaster declaration for individual assistance.

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A tournament that hosts the best amateur junior golfers in the world, will continue to call St. Louis home.

The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in St. Charles will host the American Junior Golf Association's St. Louis Classic. The tournament runs June 2-5 in 2014 and will return to the Bluffs in 2015 and 2016.

Missouri Bluffs Head PGA Professional Ty Zimmerman says the St. Louis area will be getting one of the nation's top junior golf events.

"This is one of the top junior tours of the world, and we're very excited for these young men and women to come here to the Missouri Bluffs and compete on this challenging Tom Fazio design in the first week of June" says Zimmerman.

The St. Louis Classic will feature 96 of the top-ranked men's and women's junior golfers, with an additional 100 local golfers competing for an opportunity to play in the tournament.

 

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BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.

Specialists say achieving a so-called thigh gap is risky and virtually impossible. But some exceptionally thin models have a gap, which is upheld as a beauty achievement on countless websites, blogs and other social media.

Doctors and counselors worry that the trend is contributing to a growing number of teens and 20-somethings with disorders such as anorexia.

Doctor Vonda Wright is a Pittsburgh-based orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert. She says the spacing between a person's legs is based mostly on genetics. And even many thin people can't achieve a gap.

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