ST. LOUIS (AP) - Enterprise Holdings, the nation's largest rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year.
Company executive Marie Artim announced the expansion in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.
The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company's workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition.
The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.
In addition to the full-time jobs, Enterprise plans to hire 1,500 interns.
Enterprise Holdings operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental.
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A new Kirksville dental school is seeking to ease a shortage of dentists in Missouri.
The Columbia Missourian (http://is.gd/5WDHI6 ) reports that the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health opened Tuesday at A.T. Still University. The only other dental school in the state is at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The new dental school's initial class of 42 includes only nine Missouri residents. But the school hopes that its health center placement program will persuade many of them to remain in state.
Dentists are in short supply across much of the state. Missouri ranks 41 out of 50 states in adult oral health based on the percentage of adults who regularly visit the dentist. But the low number of dentists is not the only factor holding down the ranking.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the second time this year, a federal court has ruled that the eastern Missouri town of Desloge cannot ban the Ku Klux Klan - or any other group - from passing out handbills.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Nannette A. Baker's ruling Tuesday stops Desloge from enforcing an ordinance that prohibits leafleting on the street. The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of the KKK.
The ACLU initially filed suit in 2012, and a judge struck down the original ordinance. Desloge revised the law, but the ACLU also challenged the revision, claiming that it, too, violated free speech rights.
Desloge City Administrator Greg Camp says the ordinance is aimed at keeping pedestrians safe, not singling out offensive groups.
Camp says city officials haven't decided whether to appeal.
In response to several postings on social media, St. Louis city police sent more than 20 officers to Roosevelt High School Tuesday to protect fans and players at a high school football game. Fox2 News reports that the game between the Vashon and College Preparatory junior varsity teams was played at Roosevelt. The move comes after a 16-year-old was shot and killed after leaving a party attended by teens from Vashon and College Prep. Another 16-year-old was taken into custody after the shooting. Police were alerted to the possibility of violence after noticing several alarming posts on social media. There were no incidents at the game, but police say they will continue to monitor the situation.