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Blues D Pietrangelo waits for deal as camp opens

Thursday, 12 September 2013 02:04 Published in Sports

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues opened training camp without restricted free-agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who is waiting for a new contract.

   Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday that discussions between the team and Pietrangelo's agent have reached an impasse "for now."

   The 23 year old Pietrangelo, the No. 4 pick in the 2008 draft, has been part of St. Louis' top defensive pairing the last three seasons. He is also the Blues' top scoring threat on the back line.

   Pietrangelo had five goals and 19 assists in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He had 12 goals, 51 points and a plus-16 rating in the 2011-12 campaign.

   A total of 53 players are expected to participate in camp with practices beginning on Thursday.

 

MO Gov. Nixon veto sustained on UN agreement

Thursday, 12 September 2013 01:07 Published in Local News

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have sustained the veto of legislation barring state or local officials from adopting policies infringing upon private property rights and traceable to Agenda 21.

   Agenda 21 is a nonbinding resolution adopted in 1992 by the United Nations that encouraged sustainable development. Its title is a reference to the 21st century, and it encourages changes in global consumption, management and conservation practices.

   Senators supported the override 24-6 on Wednesday. It fell short of the needed two-thirds majority in the House, where legislators supported the override 107-53.

   Gov. Jay Nixon said the legislation would require a costly analysis by cities and governmental bodies to determine if a zoning ordinance can be traced to the resolution. Supporters say their concern is infringement of personal property rights without due process.

   The Agenda 21 bill is SB 265.

 

SLPS scrambling to fill teacher vacancies

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:44 Published in Local News

   The St. Louis Public Schools are looking for teachers.  The district is trying to replace more than 50 teachers who've resigned in the past 10 weeks.  District officials say half of the teachers who've resigned this year, did so after the first day of school.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 72-school city system faces two challenges in retaining quality teachers: lower pay than in neighboring districts, and greater challenges.  

   Rick Sullivan, president of the district’s Special Administrative Board, told the paper that keeping talented teachers and principals, and mentoring new hires, is a constant challenge in the district. 

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