St. Louis – Thirty-one new St. Louis police officers will hit the streets next month because of the federal stimulus package.
The department had to cancel a scheduled police academy because budget cuts last year. The academy was rescheduled when St. Louis received the federal grant.
"Many of these new recruits and applicants had moved to St. Louis bought new houses and started to begin their career as police officers," said chief Dan Isom. "We didn't know when we would have a new class."
Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon says he will ignore lawmakers' instructions to shield some of Missouri's public school districts from a two-percent midyear funding cut. Instead, Nixon plans to spread the 43 million dollar shortfall across all 524 districts.
Lawmakers tried to exempt about 150 districts from the reduction, but Nixon says that would have been unconstitutional.
Yesterday he directed education officials to follow their initial plan of dividing the shortfall among all the districts.
St. Louis – St. Louis Rams minority owner Stan Kroenke has decided to exercise his right of first refusal and try to buy the remaining 60 percent share of the football team.
Kroenke went public with his plans Monday. His move comes despite the fact that Illinois businessman Shahid Khan reached a purchase agreement with majority owners Chip Rosenbloom and his sister, Lucia Rodriguez on Feb. 11.
St. Louis – The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on a suit challenging the constitutionality of the way Missouri funds its charter schools.
The lawsuit filed by the Kansas City School District and two residents argues that the whole system of charter schools violates the state constitutional ban on unfunded mandates. The state directly pays the charters the state funding that would have otherwise gone to the local district.