After months of requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers take the lead in resolving the issues surrounding two landfills in Bridgeton, it looks as though local residents will get at least part of what they've been demanding. EPA officials announced Friday that the Corps of Engineers will help construct an isolation barrier between an underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill and radioactive materials in the adjacent West Lake Landfill.
Last week, Attorney General Chris Koster had urged the EPA to move quickly on the barrier.
The radioactive waste was dumped illegally in North County about 40 years ago. Environmental groups and residents have been calling for the Army Corps to take over the cleanup. Those calls became more urgent in recent months as the risk of the fire spreading became known.
The Hazelwood School District will pay tuition for an expelled middle school student to receive an education through a contract with an alternative learning center. That after a settlement was reached between the district and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 13 year old had been expelled last year for selling pills to another student. The paper reports the student couldn't afford private school, or even a computer. He also couldn't access alternative education programs through the juvenile courts, because he hadn't been charged with a crime. So he sued claiming his right to a free, public education was being infringed.
Legal Services executive director Dan Glazier tells the paper the case is one of the first of its kind filed in Missouri. Glazier says the problem is fairly rare, since so few students are actually expelled in the state, fewer than 60 all of last year.
The Hazelwood settlement stops short of obligating school district to always serve students who are expelled. But as part of the settlement, Hazelwood has agreed to consider similar arrangements on a case-by-case basis.
The Show-Me State has a couple more millionaires after Saturday's Powerball drawing.
Missouri Lottery officials say one ticket sold in Missouri matched all six numbers to win Saturday's $96.5 million jackpot.
Lottery officials said Sunday that another ticket also matched five white-ball numbers to win $1 million.
The winning numbers Saturday were: 13, 28, 31, 55, 58, with a Powerball of 15.
Missouri winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.