St. Louis, MO – A group of plaintiffs led by St. Louis radio personality Lizz Brown claims St. Louis schools interim superintendent William Roberti is unqualified to serve as head of the district because he has not met state certification requirements.
Plaintiffs' attorney Donnell Smith says not having an experienced educator leading the district causes "irreparable harm" to students.
Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri today permanently dismissed Ricky Clemons from the basketball program, ending his troubled tenure with the Tigers.
Clemons earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in a case involving a woman who said she was choked and held against her will at his Columbia apartment last year. Then Clemons was involved in an ATV crash near the home of the MU president on the night of July fourth. He was supposed to be serving his sentence in a halfway house.
Collinsville, ILL – A jockey from the Metro-East is still hospitalized after he was thrown from his horse this weekend in Collinsville.
Christopher Quinn, of Fairmont City, was riding "Wiley Hunt" at Fairmont Park Race Track Saturday night when another horse clipped his. Quinn was trampled after he fell off the horse. A hospital spokeswoman yesterday listed Quinn in critical condition.
Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane says state investigators have ruled the collision an accident.
St. Loius, MO – Two sides in a lawsuit over the St. Louis School Board loan plan are trying to reach an accord.
The suit deals with the board's attempt to borrow money from the desegregation settlement fund. The lawyer who represented students in that desegregation case, William Taylor, is negotiating with the Board.
Springfield, ILL. – A new law in Illinois offers some new protections to grain farmers. It updates the insurance program that protects them when grain elevators go bust.
Other changes to the Grain Code include doubling the minimum amount in the Grain Insurance Fund to $6 million. They also will increase regulation and oversight of grain elevators and boost criminal penalties for elevator operators who defraud farmers.
St. Louis – The country's Deputy Drug Czar visited a St. Louis drug treatment center Tuesday to promote President Bush's "Access to Recovery" treatment initiative.
Joined by Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., Andrea Barthwell toured Catholic Charities' Queen of Peace Women and Children's Residential Drug Treatment Center, and said a proposed voucher program will help drug addicts who are unable to find treatment elsewhere.