Las Vegas, NV – Former Saint Louis University men's basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour has resigned as UNLV coach, citing health reasons.
Spoonhour, 64, issued a statement Tuesday saying the decision has nothing to do with basketball or the UNLV program.
Spoonhour coached at high schools and colleges in Missouri before coming out of retirement to take the UNLV job in March 2001. He leaves the Runnin' Rebels with a 54-31 record. The team is currently 12-9 but has lost three in a row.
St. Louis, MO – Proposition S will be on April ballot...and if approved, would allow county government to intervene in land annexation.
St. Charles County Councilman and Proposition S supporter Joe Brazil says many cities add subdivisions far away from city limits by annexing a road or a small strip of land to connect the two. He calls that shoe-stringing -- and says that's illegal.
East St. Louis, ILL. – Nate Anderson resigned Monday as superintendent of the East St. Louis School District. He says the job was an overdose of hierarchy and bureaucracy.
School Board President Lonzo Greenwood blames Anderson's decision to leave on interference by a state oversight panel. The district has been under state spending oversight because of financial difficulties in the past.
The 53-year-old Anderson has been in the district's top job more than five years.
St. Louis, MO – The family of Shawn Hornbeck, a boy who's been missing for more than a year, will remove its reward offer at midnight tonight (Tuesday).
Hornbeck went missing while riding his bike near his home in Richwoods, a rural community in Washington County. They were offering $75,000. They want anyone with information to come forward immediately.
St. Louis, MO – Qualifying Missouri residents can get up to $10,000 in tax credits to adopt a so-called special needs child.
The audit finds more than 90% of those credits are funding international adoptions. That's not against state law but McCaskill says it raises the question of whether the program should be used exclusively for children who are Missouri residents:
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police are pleased with their efforts to reduce car thefts in the city.
The department put 30 officers on the car theft beat last August. Thefts had been increasing but they started to decrease during the last three months of 2003. During that time, a car was stolen every 52 minutes; it had been every 44 minutes at one point.
Criminologists add fewer thefts might also mean thieves have moved on to something else.
St. Louis, MO – Most Missouri schools are off for President's Day, but many teachers, students, and administrators are still working today. They're headed to Jefferson City to lobby lawmakers to put more money into education.
Brent Ghan, with the state School Boards' Association, says schools need nearly a billion dollars more than they're currently getting to have adequate funding. He says he realizes state government doesn't have that kind of cash, which is why he says lawmakers should find more.