Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:16 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – A Missouri Senate panel has scaled back the amount of state money that could go to an unaccredited school district in the St. Louis area.
The Normandy School District had sought $5 million to make sure it can finish the academic year without becoming insolvent. The House approved that amount.
But the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday reduced the supplemental state aid to $1.5 million. Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer says that still should provide a financial cushion for the district.
Normandy’s financial problems stem in part from a Missouri law requiring unaccredited districts to pay transportation and tuition for students to transfer to accredited schools nearby.
The state education department has projected Normandy could finish the year with about $63,000, which wouldn’t leave much room for unexpected costs.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:43 Published in National News
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Malaysian military says it has radar evidence showing the missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of kilometers (miles) away from the last location reported by civilian authorities.
The development injects new mystery into the investigation of the flight's disappearance.
Local newspaper Berita Harian quoted Malaysian air force chief Gen. Rodzali Daud as saying radar at a military base had detected the airliner near Pulau Perak, at the northern approach to the strait.
A high-ranking military official involved in the investigation confirmed the report on Tuesday and also said the aircraft was believed to be flying low.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:41 Published in National News
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat who trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.
Two days after police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland says he's taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux.
Palmer says the animal attacked after the 7-month-old child pulled its tail. The baby wasn't injured.
On the 911 call, the cat can be heard screeching in the background as Palmer says in a panicked voice: "He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door." Palmer also tells the dispatcher the cat has a "history of violence."
Officers used a dog snare to capture the cat, and placed it in a crate.