US Fidelis
11:58 am
Tue September 18, 2012

US Fidelis former co-owner Atkinson gets 40 months in prison

Cory Atkinson.
St. Charles County Department of Corrections

A former co-owner of auto service contract seller US Fidelis has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

Cory Atkinson of Lake St. Louis, Mo., was sentenced Tuesday in St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in June to federal fraud and tax evasion charges. He also faces sentencing Sept. 28 on state charges of insurance fraud, consumer fraud and stealing.

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Education
11:31 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Normandy School District loses accreditation

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The Missouri Board of Education has voted unanimously to strip the accreditation from another St. Louis-area school district.


Normandy schools had been under provisional accreditation for the past year, but had been “on thin ice,” in the words of State Board Member Peter Herschend (R, Branson).  He says the district has again failed to meet the minimum nine out of 14 performance standards required for accreditation.


“If you look at the academic results in all of the core content areas, save one, they are at the bottom end of attainment," Herschend said.  "Do I think that’s significant?  You’re damn right I think that’s significant!”

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credit card fraud
10:02 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Three sentenced in stolen credit card scheme

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Two Illinois women have been sentenced to federal probation for their roles in a credit card fraud scheme involving customers at a steakhouse where they worked.

Thirty-two-year-old Jamie Erwin of Glen Carbon was given five years of probation and 22-year-old Shadwonna Bausily of Alton was given three years.

They pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

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Hunting near railroads
9:47 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Union Pacific says hunting near tracks may be deadly

Pictured here in 2009, proposed lines in Springfield, Ill. for the Chicago/St. Louis high-speed rail route.
(via Flickr/aka Kath)

Union Pacific Railroad is urging hunters to resist the temptation of hunting near railroad tracks.

The company says its tracks often run through newly harvested farm fields that attract wildlife. That can make railroad property attractive to hunters, but it's also a good way to get hit by a train.

It can take engineers a mile to stop, so they can't do much to avoid hitting someone on the tracks.  Railroad cars hang out about three feet beyond the sides of the tracks, making it easy for someone standing near the tracks to be clipped by a car.

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Morning Round-up
9:21 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Proposed amendment to appear on November ballot

A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.

In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.

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Farm Values Tour
6:17 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Schoeller conducting 'Farm Values Tour' across rural Mo.

GOP Sec. of State nominee Shane Schoeller.
(via Friends of Shane Schoeller)

Agricultural interests are being highlighted in the Missouri Secretary of State’s race this week.

Republican nominee Shane Schoeller is conducting a “Farm Values Tour” across the state, in which he’s reviving memories of the recent battle over dog breeding regulations.  He says his Democratic opponent, Jason Kander, would follow in Robin Carnahan’s footsteps in writing ballot summaries that could greatly harm farmers who also breed dogs.

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Law
5:54 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mo. appeals court upholds judicial ballot measure

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A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.

In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Montee stumps at Democratic rally

Former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee announces she will run for the office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor on February 7, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The race for Missouri Lieutenant Governor has remained below the radar so far this political season. Republican incumbent Peter Kinder and Democratic challenger Susan Montee are well-known political names in the state, but their campaigning has been fairly low-key to this point.

Montee appeared as part of a Democratic rally Sunday in mid-Missouri, in front of a full crowd of 300 Democrats.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:44 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform

Teachers interact differently with students expected to succeed. But they can be trained to change those classroom behaviors.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:52 am

In my Morning Edition story today, I look at expectations — specifically, how teacher expectations can affect the performance of the children they teach.

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NPR correspondent Alix Spiegel works on the Science desk and covers psychology.

Arriving at NPR in 2003, much of Spiegel's reporting has been on emotion mental health. She has reported on everything from the psychological impact of killing another person, to the emotional devastation of Katrina, to psycho-therapeutic approaches to transgender children.

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