The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is working to increase diversity among its contractors and those who work for the contractors. In a recent settlement agreement stemming from a 2007 lawsuit, MSD is required to spend $4.7 billion over the next 23 years to implement sewer improvements throughout the city and county. Currently, MSD's goal for the project is to award 25% of its construction workforce for contracts to minority owned businesses. A recent disparity study suggested the company increase that number to 30%. The bidding process for contracts starts this spring.
New details emerging after a deadly confrontation between a homeowner and a young man in south city.
It happened around 1:30 this morning (Friday) at a home on Tennessee and Winnebago, just south of Gravois Park. Police say the homeowner saw a young man in his backyard, went to investigate, then shot the intruder, who has now been identified as 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy. Police say Murphy was with a 17-year-old male at the time, and the two were in the process of burglarizing the victim's home. Under Missouri law, the 17-year-old could now face murder charges, since a person was killed during the attempted burglary. Police say the homeowner's actions appeared to be justified.
The plan presented Thursday by Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream would also provide a smaller increase for public colleges and universities than Nixon had proposed for the 2014 fiscal year.
The Democratic governor wants to accept about $900 million from the federal government to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to nearly 260,000 lower-income adults. But Stream said he left that out of the budget because it runs contrary to Republican philosophy against bigger government.
Nixon had proposed a $34 million funding increase for colleges and universities. Stream's proposed budget pares that back to $20 million. It also provides less money for early childhood programs than Nixon had sought.
Ferguson-Florissant District officials say the student had told his teacher that he'd brought something to school that he shouldn't have. The teacher contacted school administrators who called Florissant police. They took the student into custody.
The gun, a .38-caliper pistol, was unloaded, but the student did have one bullet in his possession.
The case is being turned over to the St. Louis County Family Court. Besides possible weapons charges, the student faces long-term suspension or possibly expulsion.