De Soto, Mo. – School is officially out for De Soto students and staff.
District Superintendent Terry Noble made official what many had suspected. Extensive storm damage to school buildings last week forced the decision. At the junior high school, the gymnasium's roof collapsed.
Other town buildings that might have served as classrooms were either not big enough to accommodate the district's 2,800 students or were significantly damaged by the fierce weather.
A 1986 study by Actors Equity, a union representing stage performers, found that 90% of hired actors were white.
The study has yet to be updated, but most in the stage and film business acknowledge the situation isn't much better today. And the lack of racial diversity doesn't stop there; it's backstage, in management and extends to the audience.
St. Louis, MO – If Governor Bob Holden approves a $1.4 million appropriation for DePaul Health Center, its trauma center will remain open for another year while the hospital looks for permanent funding. The Missouri Hospital Association is helping with an immediate $500,000 grant to fund trauma care through October. Officials say the money is only a temporary fix. DePaul had planned to end trauma services next month if temporary funds were not found. It's one of six trauma centers in the area.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Republican-led Legislature pushed a roughly $19 billion state budget to passage early Friday.
The budget spreads cuts among schools and social services over the objections of Governor Holden and other Democrats.
Lawmakers say the spending cuts could lead to teacher layoffs at public schools and higher tuition at state colleges. The budget also is expected to result in the loss of government health care services for thousands of low-income parents.
Edwardsville, Ill. – Southern Illinois University's Board of Trustees has voted to remove a tuition discount at the Edwardsville campus.
Students who currently take more than 12 hours of classes are charged less for those extra hours. Edwardsville Chancellor David Werner says the discount really didn't mean much in the past when the campus was mostly part-time students