St. Louis Public Schools employees will get raises for the first time since the 2008-2009 school year under a contract approved Tuesday night by the state-appointed Special Administrative Board that oversees the district.
Members of the American Federation of Teachers Local 420 voted overwhelmingly earlier in the week to approve the new three-year deal, which takes effect immediately.
The director of Missouri's Department of Economic Development is stepping down at the end of the year.
In a news release Tuesday from Gov. Jay Nixon, department director David Kerr cited a desire to spend more time with his family after working for 35 years in the public and private sectors. Nixon said he would move quickly to select a new director.
A protestor affiliated with Occupy St. Louis hang a banner protesting the city's curfew ordinance on Friday, November 11. A federal judge has rejected the protestor's request to stop enforcement of the curfew until the case goes to trial.
A federal judge in St. Louis has rejected attempts of Occupy St. Louis protestors to re-establish their encampment in Kiener Plaza.
Attorneys for the protestors, who were evicted from the park early Saturday morning, had asked Judge Carol Jackson to stop enforcement of the city's parks curfew until the case went to trial. Jackson denied that request saying the protestors had not proven they were highly likely to win if the case went to trial.
Missouri's unemployment rate declined last month to its lowest point in more than 2 1/2 years.
The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in October - down two-tenths of a percentage point from September. It was the lowest mark since an 8.4 percent rate in February 2009.
Missouri's unemployment rate also was better than the national average of 9 percent in October.
Members of Occupy St. Louis say the medium is the message, and their medium is occupation of a downtown St. Louis park.
Twenty-four members of the group are seeking a preliminary injunction that would allow them to renew their encampment at Kiener Plaza. Early Saturday, police arrested 27 protesters for violating the park's 10 p.m. curfew and took down tents. People with Occupy St. Louis had been camping since early October.