St. Louis, MO – Residents of the McRee Town neighborhood in South St. Louis protested yesterday afternoon - in an effort to save their homes from demolition. McRee Town is located just north of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden District Redevelopment Corporation wants to redevelop and stabilize the neighborhood and the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a plan calling for demolishing 6 city blocks.
St. Louis, Mo. – A recent raid on a St. Louis day care center has exposed a loophole in Missouri's childcare laws.
When officers went to shut down the World Christian Academy earlier this month because of building code violations, they also found a convicted sex offender working there.
Currently, more than 800-day care centers in the state are exempt from requirements like licenses criminal background checks. That's because the exemption applies to centers that show they're operated by a school.
St. Louis, MO. – Missouri ranks third in the nation in number of emergency workers who have been vaccinated for smallpox.
The Centers for Disease Control reported last Wednesday that 1,043 people nationwide have received the vaccine, including 119 in Missouri. Only Tennessee and Nebraska have reported more; about 30 states have yet to administer the vaccine.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County Police officials met with teachers, administrators and students from three South County school districts today about recent, deadly automobile accidents. Several teenagers have died in recent months in accidents involving reckless driving. Some of the topics discussed today included mandatory driver's education, increasing penalties for young driver's traffic infractions and educating parents to avoid purchasing or allowing their children to drive sports cars.
The St. Louis public school system is entering an historic phase of its existence. For the first time in recent memory, a majority of seats on the school board are up for election.
The district will also begin the search for a new superintendent after the end of the current school year. Many in St. Louis view this shift at the top as a prime opportunity to enhance academics and improve the institutional culture of the district.