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Cloudy skies and heavy rain over the past few weeks have delayed the strawberry harvest at Eckert's Orchards. The annual strawberry festival at the local orchard has been pushed back this season. Starting May 18th, customers will be able to purchase strawberries from the orchard. Customers can pick their own strawberries starting May 25. Last year, drought had a negative impact on the strawberry crop. This season's cold and wet weather is having a similar negative impact. 

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:33
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 Newsweek Magazine and the Daily Beast.com have come out with their yearly list of the best two-thousand public high schools in America. 

In Missouri, the top seven are all in St. Louis. 

Ladue High School leads the list of Missouri public high schools as the most effective in turning out college ready grads. Nationwide--it came in at number 166 in the list of 2000.

The results are based on several components including graduation rate, college acceptance, standardized testing , ACT and SAT scores and percentage of students enrolled in at least one advanced course. 

Clayton follows at second highest in Missouri  and number 170 nationwide--followed by Metro Academic and Classical High in the city, Lindbergh, LaFayette, Kirwood and Francis Howell. 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/features/2013/americas-best-high-schools.html

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri public schools and universities will be getting a funding increase under an agreement by legislative budget negotiators.

A group of House and Senate members decided Tuesday to provide a $25 million funding increase to public colleges and universities based on whether they have met performance criteria such as student graduation rates. That's less than the $34 million increase sought by Gov. Jay Nixon but more than the House had approved earlier this year.

The budget also includes $10 million for the University of Missouri medical school to expand a residency program at the Cox Health system in Springfield.

Public school districts would get a $66 million increase to their $3 billion of core funding - the same amount Nixon recommended.

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A transcript of the 911 call placed Monday by a woman missing since 2003, when she was 16.

(unintelligible)

Caller: Help me. I'm Amanda Berry.

Dispatcher: You need police, fire, ambulance?

Caller: I need police.

Dispatcher: OK, and what's going on there?

Caller: I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years, and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now.

Dispatcher: OK, and what's your address?

Caller: 2207 Seymour Avenue.

Dispatcher: 2207 Seymour. Looks like you're calling me from 2210.

Caller: Huh?

Dispatcher: Looks like you're calling me from 2210.

Caller: I can't hear you.

Dispatcher: Looks like you're calling me from 2210 Seymour.

Caller: I'm across the street; I'm using the phone.

Dispatcher: OK, stay there with those neighbors. Talk to police when they get there.

Caller: (Crying)

Dispatcher: OK, talk to police when they get there.

Caller: OK. Hello?

Dispatcher: OK, talk to the police when they get there.

Caller: OK (unintelligible).

Dispatcher: We're going to send them as soon as we get a car open.

Caller: No, I need them now before he gets back.

Dispatcher: All right; we're sending them, OK?

Caller: OK, I mean, like ...

Dispatcher: Who's the guy you're trying -- who's the guy who went out?

Caller: Um, his name is Ariel Castro.

Dispatcher: OK. How old is he?

Caller: He's like 52.

Dispatcher: And, uh -

Caller: I'm Amanda Berry. I've been on the news for the last 10 years.

Dispatcher: I got, I got that, dear. (Unintelligible) And, you say, what was his name again?

Caller: Uh, Ariel Castro.

Dispatcher: And is he white, black or Hispanic?

Caller: Uh, Hispanic.

Dispatcher: What's he wearing?

Caller (agitated): I don't know, 'cause he's not here right now. That's why I ran away.

Dispatcher: When he left, what was he wearing?

Caller: Who knows (unintelligible).

Dispatcher: The police are on their way; talk to them when they get there.

Caller: Huh? I - OK.

Dispatcher: I told you they're on their way; talk to them when they get there, OK.

Caller: All right, OK. Bye. ___ Source: Cleveland law department
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