St. Louis City school superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams is greeting students at elementary and middle schools Monday as youngsters arrive for the first day of school. It is the first time in five years that the city schools open as an accredited district. Dr. Adams and other district officials spoke at churches throughout the city on Sunday to urge families to encourage school attendance. Adams says "The data shows the students who are in school on the first day have a dramatic difference in terms of achievement and attendance."
Eastbound I-64 has re-opened following a fiery two-car crash overnight that killed one person. A wrong way driver ran head on into an oncoming car. It happened about 2 a.m. in the construction zone near Jefferson Avenue. Eastbound 64 remains closed at Jefferson. Drivers can use I-44 as alternate.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former Missouri political leaders are teaming up to share the lessons of their high-profile falls from grace.
Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton and ex-state senator Jeff Smith each wrote a chapter in a new book called "The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis." They appeared at a University City pizzeria in a recent promotional appearance.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/15UonUO ) reports that the one-time political adversaries are now contrite about their mistakes.
Smith is a Democrat who served nearly a year in prison for lying to federal investigators after an unsuccessful 2004 campaign for Congress.
Jetton, a Republican, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received probation following a 2009 consensual sexual encounter in which a woman claimed he choked her into unconsciousness.