KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A new Kirksville dental school is seeking to ease a shortage of dentists in Missouri.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health opened Tuesday at A.T. Still University. The only other dental school in the state is at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The new dental school's initial class of 42 includes only nine Missouri residents. But the school hopes that its health center placement program will persuade many of them to remain in state.
Dentists are in short supply across much of the state. Missouri ranks 41 out of 50 states in adult oral health based on the percentage of adults who regularly visit the dentist. But the low number of dentists is not the only factor holding down the ranking.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court again is considering a court challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.
The court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's focus turned to Kansas City, which has been unaccredited since 2012.
Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit and contend the transfer law is an unfunded mandate violating the Missouri Constitution.
A Jackson County judge ruled in favor of the Independence, Lee's Summit and North Kansas City plaintiffs but rejected the argument for Blue Springs and Raytown. The state and some plaintiffs appealed.
Transfers from Kansas City schools have been on hold, but student transfers have caused acrimony in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis is putting on a fresh face before the start of the baseball playoffs. The Cardinals open with home games tomorrow and Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Street Department Director Todd Waelterman says the sprucing up of the city is underway.
"We've had crews out painting up the crosswalks for pedestrian safety, tightening up the potholes, closing up some construction around the stadium, trimming trees, picking up litter, cleaning up Kiener Plaza and preparing for some little extra services as these big parties happen downtown," said Waelterman.
Festivities begin with the Cardinals rally at Kiener Plaza at 1 o'clock. Game time is 4:07.