Steve Smith sent a letter last night announcing his resignation days after an audit was critical of district overspending on construction projects.
The audit claims Glenn Construction Co. was overpaid by more than $1.2 million over the last 10 years. That's the same company where Smith works. State Auditor Tom Schweich concluded that Smith failed to abstain from votes giving projects to Glenn Construction while he worked for the firm.
Smith says he is stepping aside so the focus can be on the children of the district.
A Cahokia Illinois man has been found guilty on two counts of first degree murder.
23-year-old Oundr'e Akins is charged in the 2008 robbery killings of Tammy Cantrell and Mark Gerstner at a South County Steak n Shake in 2008. Akins brother also faces charges in connection with the murders. During his brother's trial last week, 23-year-old Anthony Akins reneged on a plea deal to testify against his brother.
Trying to come back from a torn ligament in his right elbow, the three-time All-Star has been told he must have additional medical tests.
"He's just not feeling good, kind of went in a bad direction," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday. "We don't know the severity of it, but it wasn't good news."
With Furcal out indefinitely, Pete Kozma and Ronny Cedeno are the likely candidates to take over at shortstop unless there is a trade.
Matheny, a major league catcher from 1994-06, is scheduled to have an epidural injection Monday to reduce inflammation and get a particle off a nerve. If the injection doesn't help alleviate pain, he said surgery would "have to be something we would consider."
Starting his second season as the Cardinals' manager, Matheny has had back issues for several years.
"I've had problems for a long time, off and on," he said Sunday. "I've been on a program to kind of strengthen it, but ... something set it off in a bad direction. I don't know exactly what it was.
Matheny did not travel with the team to Kissimmee on Friday, citing back pain and food poisoning. He returned to manage the Cardinals on Saturday in Jupiter.