St. Louis, MO – Students, teachers and administrators are furious over plans to shut down and consolidate nearly 30 schools. The three members of the state-appointed board that oversees the St. Louis Public Schools got an earful Wednesday night in the first of two public meetings on the plans for school closures.
Students from Gateway High School demonstrated outside the meeting at Roosevelt High.
Columbia, MO – A committee of the University of Missouri Board of Curators has voted to give system president Gary Forsee the authority to furlough employees to save money.
Forsee will have to consult the board before requiring any employees to take time off. The authority will also expire at the end of June. Forsee says he will not use the authority unless the economic situation demands it
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a bill designed to spur job creation and pump more money into the state's economy.
The bill primarily expands the Quality Jobs program. Tax breaks from the program had been capped at $60 million, but this year's bill removes the cap entirely. It also provides other incentives to draw high-tech employers to Missouri.
State Representative Tim Flook, R-Liberty, sponsored the bill.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis man has been charged with stealing more than $111 thousand worth of Metro passes from the mail.
Forty-four year old Corvin White drove a tractor trailer for the US Postal Service. His duties included transporting mail, including bundles of Metro passes, from the central distribution center to post offices.
White is accused of taking some of those bundles and selling the passes, keeping the money for himself.
White was indicted Thursday on a single felony count of mail theft.
St. Louis, MO – The Madison County coroner has identified the three victims of an early-morning wrong-way crash on Route 255 near Interstate 270.
Twenty-eight year old Jon L. Moss and 32-year-old Tawanda Jackson, along with Jackson's nine year old son Arnold, were killed when a Pontiac Grand Am driven by 46-year-old Newton Keene hit their Chevrolet Aveo around 1:30 this morning. Keene and Jackson's 11-year-old daughter Takia remain hospitalized.
Police say Keene has a previous DWI and was driving without a license.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says he'll return a $10,000 contribution from Motorola.
After taking office Jan. 12, Nixon put a hold on the company's $80 million contract to construct a new emergency radio system because of budget problems. But campaign finance reports show Nixon received $10,000 from Motorola last week.
After the Associated Press asked about the money Tuesday, Nixon campaign manager Ken Morley said it would be refunded because of Motorola's pending state contract.