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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fewer students in two unaccredited suburban St. Louis school districts are transferring to better-performing districts for the 2014-15 school year.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a combined 2,200 students transferred for the current school year from the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts. The transfers came quickly after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled last summer that students from unaccredited districts can transfer at their home district's expense.
 
The deadline for parents to apply to transfer for the next school year was Monday. Normandy had 123 applications, and Riverview Gardens has had 73, though Riverview Gardens extended its deadline until Friday.
 
The amount of room available for new students to transfer has not been determined. Receiving districts are not planning to release the number of vacancies until June.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 19-year-old Ballwin man faces multiple charges in connection with the robbery and beating of six University of Missouri-St. Louis students near campus.

Tremayne Jamaal Valdez is charged with four felony counts of robbery, five counts of armed criminal action and one count each of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police say Valdez and two others attacked the students as they walked on Natural Bridge Road near its intersection with North Hanley Road on Sept. 6 in  Bel-Nor.

KMOV-TV reports that two other men also face charges related to the attack. Police said the suspects were caught on camera taking credit cards, cash and cellphones from the students.

Valdez remains jailed on a $150,000 cash-only bond.  Online court records don't identify his attorney.

 

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The second phase of the lottery to place transfer students is underway.

Students who did not get selected for any of their first three choices are being asked to provide three additional choices. There are 300 students in this additional lottery round. Officials with the Cooperating School Districts hope to have all students place by later this evening.

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Student leaders and over a hundred mentors spent time transitioning Normandy students to the Francis Howell School District.

475 Normandy students made the leap to the accredited district. The number breaks down to 168 elementary school students, 164, middle school students, and 143 high schoolers. The kids spent the day getting tours of the schools, participating in team-building activities, and locating their lockers.  

The first day of school is Thursday.

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Students are being dismissed from Confluence Academy after a threat was made against the school today.

Police are investigating the threat. Fox 2 reports that the school is not on lock-down but classes were let out early. The threat was at the schools campus at 3112 Meramec.

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Although the resignation of Father Lawrence Biondi as president of Saint Louis University caught many off-guard, word traveled fast around campus.

KTRS' Vicki Pinmentel found most students learned of the news online.  "I was on Facebook and I read a status and then I eventually got an e-mail about it...The person I was sitting next to told me he just got an email that Father Biondi was resigning and everyone was pretty excited about that...I was actually at home last night so I just heard about it from you that he resigned so I'm kind of in shock, so that's my initial reaction."

Father Biondi has served as the University's president for 25 years. Recent months have been filled with contentious relations between him and many faculty and students.

The University is expected to begin the search for a successor in the Fall.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 06:40

Protest march planned at SLU today

Irate faculty and students at St. Louis University plan to take their issues with their school's president to the streets of the mid-town campus. 

 A protest march is planned this afternoon by members of the SLU community against university president Father Lawrence Biondi.

The move comes after Biondi and another high ranking university official canceled an appearance before the faculty senate. The group had hoped to question Biondi about the school's future. 

SLU officials issued a statement Monday saying the two did not appear because they were focused on finding a Months ago the group voted no confidence in Biondi. Some have called for him to step down.

The march starts at 1pm this afternoon at the Frost Campus Clock Tower.

It will proceed to Father Biondi`s residence at Cartier Hall, then continue down the main university thoroughfare to Vandeventer.

It will then go north to Lindell, east to Grand and then south DuBourg Hall.

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One person is dead after being thrown from a car in an accident off Collinsville Road. A portion of the road was shut down between N 47th St and N 49th St. in both directions in Fairmont City Monday morning and reopened near noon.

The Illinois State Police report a GMC Denali and Buick LeSabre were speeding westbound down Collinsville Road,

Both cars lost control and spun off to the right.

It's unclear if the two cars were racing but the Illinois State police said they were speeding. The accident happened around 4:45 Monday morning. 

Fox 2 News reports several parents arrived at the scene as police interviewed several young people. 

No names have been released.

 

 

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