St. Louis, MO – The state is taking steps to evaluate the St. Louis Public Schools to see if and when the district could revert to local control.
Commissioner Chris Nicastro is turning to the panel that filed the initial report back in 2006, which found that the state's largest public district was foundering amid plummeting test scores, a looming financial crisis and ongoing board dysfunction.
Jefferson City, Mo. – America's military veterans were honored today at a ceremony inside the Missouri State Capitol.
A children's choir sang patriotic songs and an honor guard fired volleys just outside the Capitol's doors as the 120-plus audience, military veterans included, paid tribute to those who've served in the armed forces.
Garrett Elliot spent 22 years in the U.S. Navy. While he disagrees with America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he says he backs the troops deployed there.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Much of downtown Jefferson City was shut down today after authorities were alerted to a possible hostage situation inside an office building across the street from the Governor's Mansion.
Police spent about 90 minutes searching the Governor Office Building, but found nothing to indicate anyone had been taken hostage.
St. Louis – Fans of men's professional soccer in St. Louis may have a team to call their own come April.
The team would be part of a new soccer league being formed by existing franchises in Atlanta, North Carolina, Florida, Minnesota, and two in Canada. The teams are currently part of a Division II league called United Soccer League I, but many are dissatisfied with the way the USL operates.
By Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio/Associated Press
Jefferson City, MO – Police are still investigating a possible hostage situation in an office building across from the governor's mansion in Jefferson City.
Police say authorities got a call around 10 a.m. today from an alarm company that took a call from a woman who said there was a hostage situation on the fifth floor. But police haven't confirmed any hostages have been taken, and don't know if it was a prank call.