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Study finds one-third of public school students would leave St. Louis district if they could

A new study finds that nearly one-third of public school students would leave the St. Louis district if they could take advantage of a contested Missouri law that lets them transfer to better-performing districts. And a coalition called the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis said the transfers could bankrupt the unaccredited St. Louis School District. 

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Reporting by Alex Rusciano of WCBU was used in this report.

Updated at 5:08 p.m. with Associated Press information regarding appeal.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is withdrawing its fight to regain state-funded social service contracts.  A circuit judge in Springfield recently ruled that the State Department of Children and Family Services can cancel its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.  

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Reporting from WCBU's Denise Molina-Weiger used in this report.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is traveling the state urging lawmakers to uphold his veto on a measure that allows Ameren and ComEd to automatically raise electric rates on consumers. The utilities say the rate increases are necessary to help pay for modernizing Illinois’ power grid.