St. Louis, MO – There were no classes for students in two Metro-East school districts today (Monday, Nov. 24).
About 500 students at the Columbia, Ill. Middle School started Thanksgiving break early and be off at least all week because a fire on Saturday damaged the old gymnasium. That gym doubled as the school's cafeteria.
No one was hurt, but school leaders are looking for a place for students to finish the school year.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' growing Bosnian population has a new tool for those who find the U.S. health care system confusing. A new language-specific Audio Guide CD helps explain health insurance, what to expect at a doctor's office and other health issues.
Mercy Health Plans' Samantha Fenner says there are about 40,000 Bosnians in St. Louis and her company will offer the CD at a health fair Monday morning.
St. Louis – At a South St. Louis County shopping center today, about a dozen seniors burned their AARP cards in protest of Medicare legislation that's now in Congress.
Electrician Tom Brewer, 57, said the proposal amounts to Medicare privatization, and AARP should not support it.
"I don't trust corporate America," Brewer said. "I've seen over the last several years that they're not trustworthy, and they're trying to put our prescriptions and health services into private corporations."
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis School Board Thursday revoked the sale of a historic school building, saying it didn't realize the significance of the structure.
The board this week sold Theresa School, near SLU Hospital, to a developer who wanted to raze the building and build a shopping center.
Prominent architect William Ittner built the school 98 years ago, but board members told the Post-Dispatch this week that they didn't get all the proposals to review, and they were told it was not an Ittner building.
St. Louis, Mo. – St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth has been named chair of the East West Gateway Coordinating Council. That's the group that decides which local transportation projects to fund with state and federal money. Ortwerth will succeed John Barisevic, the Chair of the St. Claire County Board, on January First.
St. Louis, MO – Allegiant Bancorp will no longer be a St. Louis-based banking company. That's because Cleveland-based National City will announced on Thursday that it's buying Allegiant for $475 million dollars. Allegiant is currently the biggest publicly held banking company based in St. Louis.
National City is one of the nation's ten largest bank holding companies. It has more than 1,000 bank branches and loan and investment offices throughout the country.