Crystal City, Mo. – The Crystal City School Board last night unanimously voted to fire a teacher for telling her students interracial couples should not have children.
The teacher, Jendra Loeffelman, has worked in the district for 13 years. Her lawyer says he hopes Loeffelman will appeal.
In public hearings this month, questions focused on exactly what Loeffelman said. Both sides of the debate agreed she said she opposed marriage between people of different races and suggested such couples should not have children.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Governor says sparing the state's schools any more painful budget cuts will be difficult if lawmakers don't approve his plan to fix this year's budget.
Democrat Bob Holden is threatening $259 million in cuts to public schools. Holden says the cuts can be avoided only if lawmakers allow the state to sell bonds against a share of its future tobacco settlement proceeds. That bond sale would generate about $350 million for this year's budget, which runs through the end of June.
St. Louis, MO – The Mississippi River at St. Louis is within two feet of the lowest level ever recorded, and it's at it's lower than at any time in the past decade. Claude Strausser, a river engineer with the Corps of Engineers, says the levels are the result of two extreme weather events that are affecting the whole country.
St. Louis, Mo. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is making good on his threat to remove some of George Ryan's last minute appointees.
Yesterday, he fired another 28 people who had gotten state jobs.
That brings to 63 the number of people Blagojevich has fired. He says Ryan ignored state laws that forbade him from hiring people based on political connections. The new governor says he expects some lawsuits from appointees who want to keep their jobs, but also encouraged those people to reapply for the jobs.