Edwardsville Schools
12:02 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Edwardsville teachers picket over new contract, upset about class size limits

Members of the teachers union, Edwardsville Education Association, wore red and picketed before the school board meeting on Aug. 13, 2012
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Around 200 teachers and a handful of parents protested before the Edwardsvill School Board meeting last night.

Frustrated by the latest contract offer they received from district officials, teachers could announce plans to strike later this month.

Edwardsville Education Association Co-President Dave Boedeker said they are especially concerned about clauses in their contract that they say could open the door to larger classes.

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St. Louis Public Schools
5:43 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

SLPS releases first-day attendance numbers

Students filing in for the first day of school at Gateway Elementary School in St. Louis.
(via St. Louis Public Schools)

Updated 5:10 p.m. Aug. 13:

St. Louis Public Schools has released its attendance figures for the first day of school:

  • 20,283 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade attended classes today
  • According to SLPS, the number shows a 10.25 percent increase over the previous year’s first day attendance of 18,397

Three new schools opened to address the closing of six Imagine charter schools in St. Louis. The new schools had the following first-day attendance numbers:

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St. Louis Rams
1:42 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Rams will not play London 'home' games in 2013-14

The Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Rams announced today via their official Twitter account that they will not be playing a select number of home games in London in the 2013-2014 seasons:

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The Picture Show
12:42 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A new species discovered ... on Flickr

Guek Hock Ping ZooKeys

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 6:05 am

One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye.

It was a close shot of a green lacewing — an insect he knew well — but on its wing was an unfamiliar network of black lines and a few flecks of blue.

Winterton, a senior entomologist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has seen a lot of bugs. But he hadn't seen this species before.

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obesity rate
12:29 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Mo. among states with very high obesity rates

Click image to enlarge map.
(via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Missouri is among 12 states cited in a new government survey with very high obesity rates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Monday showing that Missouri is among a dozen states with obesity rates of at least 30 percent. The CDC says 30.3 percent of Missourians are obese.

Overall, more than a third of adults are obese. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

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Steven Tilley resigns
12:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Mo. House Speaker Tilley resigns from office

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) addresses reporters at a press conference during the 2011 legislative session. Tilley announced his resignation as Speaker on 8/13/2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 6:07 p.m. with comments from House Maj. Floor Leader Tim Jones.

Updated 2:32 p.m. with letter.

Updated 12:47 p.m. with details from Tilley press release.

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) is resigning today as both a member of the Missouri House and as Speaker, effective this evening at 11:59 p.m.

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Morning round-up
10:04 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 13, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Heading into special session, Ill. lawmakers remain divided on pensions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called for a special session on Friday to overhaul he state's pensions, even though Illinois lawmakers are still divided over the best way to do so.

There's an $83 billion gap in what the state has promised its employees they'll get when they retire, and what Illinois actually has in the bank.

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Homeless Camps
2:10 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Rice sets up new homeless camp in St. Louis County, officials want to avoid confrontation

A big, green and white tent is erected where Rev. Larry Rice hopes to put new homeless camp in St. Louis County.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

A handful of homeless people milled about in the shade of a big green and white tent in suburban St. Louis County.

The massive canopy represents the latest in a string of attempts by Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center to set up a camp for the homeless.  

St. Louis County officials and police were on hand Saturday morning while Rice began setting up the camp in a vacant lot on Lada Avenue.

Officials told Rice that he did not file the proper paperwork to have a portable toilet, and that he could not have multiple tents.  

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Election 2012
10:05 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney Picks Wisconsin's Ryan To Be His Running Mate On GOP Ticket

The Republican ticket at this morning's announcement in Norfolk, Va.: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:11 pm

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Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's choice for running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.

The official word, which began leaking overnight, came early this morning from the Romney campaign via a smartphone app and a news release.

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Mo. Governor/US Senate races
7:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau endorses Spence for Governor, Akin for US Senate

Dave Spence (R), addresses Mo. Farm Bureau members Aug. 10, 2012. Spence was endorsed by the Farm Bureau's regional FARM-PAC's for Mo. Governor.
Missouri Farm Bureau

Dave Spence, the Republican nominee for Governor, has been endorsed by the Missouri Farm Bureau’s regional political action committees.

Both Spence and Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon spoke to Farm Bureau members from across the state at a forum in Jefferson City today.  Spence told them that his business background will translate well in handling agricultural issues.

“If you want an advocate to stand up to the (Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources) and the (Environmental Protection Agency) and all the crazy regulations that come out of DC by bureaucrats who have no idea what’s going on in the real world, I’ve got your back," Spence said.

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