St. Louis, MO – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill will release the second half of a two-part audit of the St. Louis Public Schools tonight (Monday).
Part one of the audit released last February confirmed the findings of the district interim management team, that the St. Louis Public Schools would amass a projected $73 million operating deficit by June 30 if no budgetary cuts were made.
That report also found the unbalanced budget the school board approved in August 2003 violated state law.
St . Louis, MO – Some 85 people became American citizens Monday at a ceremony at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
In the courthouse rotunda, replete with draped flags and bunting in honor of Flag Day, a diverse group from 35 countries pledged their citizenship to the United States.
Joseph Mua came to America from Cameroon. "I wanted to enjoy the land of milk and honey, which is better from where I came," he said. "Things are certainly better here; for example, education and to be able to do self-improvement."
Since launching near St. Louis last month, the Lewis and Clark commemorative flotilla has traveled more than 200 miles up the Missouri River. Like the original expedition, the band of re-enactors is traveling through lands that were once home to the Osage Indians.
The Osage was the most prominent tribe in Missouri 200 years ago. But the Louisiana Purchase marked the beginning of the end for the Osage's traditional lifestyle.
St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports this (Fri.) morning some Metropolitan Sewer District customers have paid their water bills twice or even three times because of a computer glitch.
An agency spokesman says the problem started when a new company took over billing.
Alliance Data Systems, of Dallas, took payments out of people's checking accounts last month, just days after the payments had already been deducted. Then, after it put the money back, it charged customers again for the same payment period.