St. Louis – The state Board of Education will move on Thursday to take over another St. Louis-area school district.
Riverview Gardens, in North County, lost its accreditation in June 2007, mostly for poor academic performance. Under state law, the district had two school years to regain its accreditation. But students are still not meeting state academic standards, though the district has sporadically met attendance and high school graduation requirements.
St. Louis, MO – Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is providing $22.5 million to Washington University over the next five years, to find new uses for existing and discontinued Pfizer drugs.
The chief scientific officer of Pfizer's Indications Discovery Unit, Don Frail, says the collaboration will give scientists at Washington University's School of Medicine unprecedented access to confidential information about more than 500 pharmaceutical compounds.
St. Louis – Moderate flooding remains a risk along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers until at least next week, officials at the National Weather Service office in St. Louis say.
The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to crest about 5 feet above flood stage on Wednesday or Thursday. It's already dropping in Hannibal and Quincy after moderate flooding there over the weekend. At St. Charles, the Missouri River will peak at about 7 feet above flood stage.
St. Louis – Road crews plan to resurface Interstate 44 in St. Louis and re-stripe it a second time.
MoDOT recently reduced the number of lanes on I-44 from five to four. Anticipating more traffic, MoDOT added an extra lane in each direction before the Interstate 64 overhaul began in 2008.
Workers painted over the old stripes, but they're still visible and that's created a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers. Some motorists say it is difficult to tell the new stripes from the old ones.
St. Louis – The Anti-Defamation League in St. Louis is giving its Torch of Liberty Award to the entire graduating class at Washington University.
During a class trip to Chicago last October, six black students were turned away from the Original Mother's Bar for wearing baggy pants. When they exchanged clothes with Caucasian classmates, the white students were let in.
The Anti-Defamation League's Karen Aroesty said the African-American students received overwhelming support from the university community.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Now that the 2010 Missouri legislative session is over, the focus is on Governor Jay Nixon and what he will do with the more than one hundred bills sent to him by the General Assembly.
While he got much of what he wanted, the governor is not happy that lawmakers failed to pass a major jobs bill.