St. Louis, MO – Here is a rundown of some of the major elections and ballot questions in the St. Louis area on Tuesday:
- Voters rejected tax increases for both the St. Charles and St. Louis and Community Colleges.
- Sunset Hills Mayor Jim Hobbs and four aldermen were voted out of office in a race that focused on the way the city handled a shopping development that went bust. John Hunzeker will be the city's new mayor.
- Lincoln County voters approved a sales tax to pay for roads.
St. Louis, MO – Republicans held on to a vacant seat in the Missouri Senate, for at least the next few months.
State Rep. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) beat Democrat Wayne Henke, of Troy, in a special election to replace Jon Dolan, who resigned last fall to become executive director of the Missouri Health Care Association.
Rupp garnered 54% to Henke's 46%. The district covers Lincoln County and part of St. Charles County.
Both Rupp and Henke have been House members since 2003.
Fans file into the new Busch Stadium for the first time to watch a minor league game between the St. Louis Cardinals afflites, The Memphis Redbirds and the Springfield, MO Cardinals on Tuesday. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Jefferson City, MO – A new state audit suggests high school graduation rates in Missouri are inflated.
The state reported 86% of students graduated in 2004. But the audit found only 77% of students who had entered the ninth grade four years earlier finished.
The gap appears to lie in how schools treat students that leave school. The audit found most schools assume students transferred to another - which lowers their drop-out rate - but they don't have documents to prove that.
St. Louis, MO – Tuesday's election brought a shake-up of the St. Louis school board. Challengers Peter Downs and Donna Jones defeated incumbents James Buford and Darnetta Clinkscale.
Buford and Clinkscale were supported by Mayor Francis Slay, the Clergy Coalition, and the Post-Dispatch and St. Louis American. Downs and Jones had the support of the teachers' union and other unions, along with current board members Veronica O'Brien and Bill Purdy.
St. Louis, MO – About 500,000 people suffer a nerve injury each year.
While many techniques for repairing them require treatment within six months, researchers at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are pushing that limit out to a year or even more through nerve transfers.
Susan Mackinnon pioneered the technique of nerve transfers, and spoke to KWMU's science reporter Robert Frederick about the interchangeability of the human nervous system.
St. Louis, MO – Polling places will stay open in Missouri until 7:00 tonight to let voters have their say in a number of local races.
- In St. Louis City, two seats on the School Board are on the ballot. Seven names are on the ballot, but only five have been actively running. Incumbents Darnetta Clinkscale and James Buford face challenges from Peter Downs, Donna Jones, and Joe Clark.