St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Attorney's office says Margaret Ann Allen pleaded guilty last week to theft in federal court. Authorities say the 56-year-old Allen took more than $23,000 dollars from two police department accounts. They say she used the money to gamble and buy things like alcohol and lottery tickets. Allen faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on September 3.
St. Louis, MO. – Missouri lawmakers have one week left in their spring session, and two top Republicans are touring the state to call on Governor Bob Holden to sign the budget that was sent to him last week.
House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Senate President pro tem Peter Kinder were in St. Louis Sunday. Kinder says spending levels that lawmakers passed are only 2% below what Holden proposed in his budget plan.
Affton, MO. – School at Cor Jesu Academy in suburban St. Louis will start Monday morning with a prayer service to remember a student who died this weekend.
Katie Brooks was a junior; she died of severe head injuries Saturday during a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She lost her balance while sliding down a banister, and fell. The death has been ruled an accident.
She had been an honor roll student and school leader who had been a campus minister and led charity activities.
University City, Mo. – Five stars were added to the St. Louis Walk of Fame Sunday in University City. The walk along the Loop on Delmar now honors 105 native or adopted St. Louisans, including Cardinals' Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, who was recognized Sunday.
"It's very encompassing because there's many different elements to this Walk of Fame," the Gold Glove shortstop said.
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.