Education
2:01 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

More charter schools may come to more Missouri areas, with Gov. signature

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon released more funding for public school bus transportation today. (via Flickr/Alex Grant (alextakesphotos))

Gov. Jay Nixon says he will sign legislation allowing charter schools to operate in more areas of Missouri but with greater oversight.

But the governor vetoed a separate education bill that would have made it easier for some students to transfer to other districts.

Nixon plans a formal signing ceremony for the charter school bill Wednesday night at the Missouri Girls State convention in Warrensburg.

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The Two-Way / Health Care
1:34 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Here's how to learn what the Supreme Court says about health care

The U.S. Supreme Court, which will be in the news on Thursday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 1:15 pm

The biggest surprise Thursday morning at the Supreme Court will be if the justices do not issue their most-anticipated decision of the year — on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; the health care overhaul enacted in 2010.

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St. Louis Blues
1:15 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Blues coach 'Hitch' gets contract extension

The St. Louis Blues have given head coach Ken Hitchcock a one-year contract extension. Hitchcock was this year's recipient of the Jack Adams Award as the best head coach.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The man who led the St. Louis Blues to one of the best seasons in franchise history this year will be behind the bench until 2014.

The team announced today that Ken Hitchcock has signed a one-year contract extension, with an option for the 2014-2015 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Chris Koster
12:13 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Questions raised by Auditor over Koster office contracts

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Mo. Atty. General's Office)

Will be updated.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning the process for awarding contracts to private attorneys representing the state in lawsuits.

The attorney general's office can award contingency fee contracts by requesting bids or asking the state Office of Administration to request bids and establish an independent panel to choose the winner.

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Saint Louis Zoo
11:02 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Splash! New sea lion exhibit opens Saturday at Saint Louis Zoo

Two of the Saint Louis Zoo's 11 California sea lions, swimming in the new Sea Lion Sound exhibit.
Robin Winkelman/Saint Louis Zoo

Starting this Saturday, visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo will have their first chance to check out a new sea lion exhibit.

The 1.5 acre, $18 million habitat will house 11 California sea lions in a large saltwater pool. There’s also an arena for sea lion shows.

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Monsanto
10:11 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Monsanto 3Q profit soars, maintains year view

A field of soybeans grown with Monsanto's genetically-modified Roundup Ready seeds.
(via Monsanto)

Monsanto says its fiscal third-quarter net income soared 35 percent as its seeds and traits business benefited from a mild winter that drove farmers to plant crops earlier and in large numbers.

The U.S. agricultural giant also maintained its full-year earnings forecast after boosting it last month.

The St. Louis company, which produces genetically engineered seeds and the herbicide Roundup, earned $937 million, or $1.74 per share, in the quarter ended in May. That's compared with $692 million, or $1.28 per share, a year earlier.

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Blood donations
6:29 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Extreme heat impacting blood donations

The Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors. Nationwide, the supply is less than half of what it was when a similar appeal was issued last year.
(via Flickr/KOMUNews)

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors.

Donations to the Red Cross are down ten percent across the country in June, and officials with the agency say the current blood supply is half the level it was last year when it issued a similar plea.

Local Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says the extreme heat keeps potential donors away.  He says people tend to give when natural disasters strike, even though the need is year-round.

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Morning round-up
5:54 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Hot forecast brings heat advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area.

The advisory is in effect starting at noon on Thursday, and extending to at least 7 p.m. on Saturday. And the forecast from the National Weather Service shows why.

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Air Pollution Standards
5:14 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Local cement manufacturers may get extra time to meet air pollution standards

Holcim's cement manufacturing plant in Ste. Genevieve.
Holcim U.S. Inc.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to extend the deadline for cement manufacturers to comply with federal air pollution standards.

The extension could impact some local companies.

The EPA proposal would extend the deadline by two years, giving cement manufacturers until September 2015 to comply with the standards.

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Ballpark Village
5:10 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Budweiser at Ballpark Village: A-B in as 'anchor partner'

A screen capture of a new artist rending of Ballpark Village - with Anheuser-Busch in as an "anchor partner."
(via Official Cardinals Twitter account)

The St. Louis Cardinals Announced today via Twitter that Anheuser-Busch has "[joined] the first phase of Ballpark Village..." along with a photo of a new artist rendering of the development.

The rendering shows the brand name "Budweiser" prominently displayed on the upper facade of one of the buildings (see above).

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