Voters in St. Louis County approved the extension of a property tax levy to fund $100 million in construction and repairs at its court complex in downtown Clayton.
That was just one of the measures up for consideration in countywide and municipal elections in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area.
Last week's record Mega Millions drawing made a winner of Illinois schools, too.
WBBM Radio reports that record Illinois lottery sales in the past nine weeks pumped $31.5 million into the fund devoted to public schools.
Lottery officials say that's mostly because of the multistate Mega Millions game that reached an all-time high $656 million before producing three main winners in a drawing Friday.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has some bad news for college students looking for help paying tuition bills.
The agency has run out of cash for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants.
The Chicago Tribune reports that those grants are the primary source of need-based financial aid, and the scholarship money is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
This year, Illinois is on track to receive a record number of applications for the program.
The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the Webster Groves School District in suburban St. Louis County does not have to admit a student from the unaccredited St. Louis Public Schools.
Tuesday's ruling also sent the case - King-Willmann v. Webster Groves School District - back to the trial court, saying "contested issues of fact" had not been resolved.
A St. Louis County judge begins hearing arguments in a case that has the potential to allow thousands of Kansas City and St. Louis students to leave their unaccredited school systems.
(See our own Maria Altman's feature on the issue here).
The hearing, which began Monday, involves a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay tuition and transportation for students within their boundaries to attend accredited schools.
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