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A settlement has been reached between the United Mine Workers of America and St. Louis-based Patriot Coal. It's been a long, hard-fought battle between the mine workers and Patriot Coal, as well as Patriot's parent company, Peabody Energy. UMWA president Cecil Roberts says the new terms and conditions of employment are "significant improvements" over what was previously ordered by a bankruptcy judge in May. Roberts says the new agreement now heads to the UMWA members for ratification. That will take place on Friday. The mine workers say that Peabody spun off Patriot Coal in an attempt to avoid paying union wages and health benefits to employees. The details of the new agreement won't be released until after the union votes on Friday.
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.