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Mizzou gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 04:15 Published in Local News

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is getting $1.8 million from the federal government to encourage nuclear energy development.

   The grants will help fund the development of a supply chain, logistics, and infrastructure needed to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors.

   Modular reactors are smaller than large nuclear power plants. They can be built in factories and shipped where they are needed.

   The university in July announced a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri to work on research related to modular nuclear reactors.

   President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that the project also will assess the education and training needed for a workforce to produce the reactors.

   Sen. Claire McCaskill said the grant shows Missouri is well situated to lead the nation in developing small modular nuclear reactors.

 

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are returning to the state capitol for a second day of their annual fall veto session.

   After getting off to a sputtering start Tuesday, the schedule on Wednesday is shaping up to include a hearing on gambling and more requests by state agencies for additional funds.

   Horsemen and officials from the Illinois racetracks want lawmakers to authorize a law that allows for online betting. And lawmakers are reviving talks on a larger gambling bill that stalled this spring.

   Tuesday also saw a gay marriage rally as part of an effort to make such unions legal in Illinois.

   Lawmakers have yet to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall and tax incentives aimed at keeping Archer Daniels Midland Company's global headquarters in Illinois.

 

Riverview Gardens working to balance cost of transfers

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 03:44 Published in Local News

   The Riverview Gardens School District will offset some of the $15 million they're spending on the school transfer program with a series of budget cuts, but no layoffs so far.  

   District officials outlined the cuts Tuesday.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the district will save as much as $3 million by leaving teacher vacancies unfilled, slashing the professional development budget, modifying the busing contract and through other savings in technology and facilities costs.  

   Even with the budget cuts, the district will be more than $7 million in the red if transfer costs remain the same in the 2014-15 school year.

   Teachers in the Normandy District have been told they won't avoid layoffs as that district deals with transfer costs.   On Thursday, Superintendent Ty McNichols will present a staff reduction plan that could include a school closing.  Normandy officials say they will run $6.8 million short before the end of this school year.

   After the state Supreme Court upheld Missouri’s school transfer law, more than 2,000 students opted to transfer out of the unaccredited districts and attend better performing schools.  Under the law, their home districts must cover costs.

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