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Susan Smith-Harmon

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   With rains on the way and levees around the soccer fields already pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association has canceled this year's Lou Fusz Soccer Club Midwest Cup. 

Floodwater continues to threaten the area around Newtown and Highway 370 in St. Charles. The water is near the top of an agriculture levee next to the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) fields.  '

   Instead of getting ready to hit the fields, youth soccer players and coaches have been working alongside the National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and St. Charles firefighters to reinforce more than a mile-long stretch of a levee near the field.

   St. Charles Fire Chief Rick Daly says keeping the wall intact is about a lot more than protecting the soccer field. "If the levee fails here," he said, "it can potentially compromise areas in both the city and the county, and we don’t want that to happen."

 

 

More turmoil between SLU president and faculty

Friday, 26 April 2013 04:08 Published in Local News

   There's been more turmoil this week between Saint Louis University's president and faculty.  

   The SLU Arts and Sciences Faculty Council voted Thursday to censure Father Lawrence Biondi.  The move comes a day after the president had two faculty members removed from a meeting with the student government, even though the SGA's rules call for only open meetings.  

   The university defended the ejections in a statement yesterday, saying the meeting was planned as "a dialogue between the president and student government representatives only."  

   More agitation is likely on Tuesday when Father Biondi is scheduled to speak before the Faculty Senate.  

   Both the Faculty and Student Senates have already issued no-confidence votes on Biondi’s leadership. 

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says he remains opposed to a bill that would raise the state sales tax while cutting income taxes for individuals and businesses.

   Nixon released a statement Thursday saying that a sales tax increase would shift the tax burden to seniors and veterans on fixed incomes. He said it "is not the right approach to growing our economy or creating jobs."

   His reaction comes after the House passed a bill Wednesday that would gradually cut the individual income tax by two-thirds of a percentage point over five years while also reducing business taxes.

   To offset part of the lost revenue, the bill would gradually raise the sales tax by three-fifths of a cent.

   Nixon also had opposed an earlier version of the bill passed by the Senate

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