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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian police official says that if followers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi abandon their protest sit-ins, this will allow his Muslim Brotherhood group to have a normal role in the political process.

Saturday's televised remarks by Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif came as authorities announced plans to break up the two main Cairo sit-ins by erecting cordons to prevent people from entering them.

Morsi's backers, including his Muslim Brotherhood group, have vowed to continue protesting until he's reinstated.

"If you believe you are bringing victory to the Brotherhood (by pursuing the sit-ins), it is your safe and secure departure that will allow the Brotherhood to go back to its role in the political process," Abdel-Latif said.

Morsi was overthrown in a July 3 coup after millions demonstrated demanding his overthrow.

School transfers to cause financial problems

Saturday, 03 August 2013 07:55 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The state's top education official says an unaccredited St. Louis area district is expected to run out of money this year paying for students to transfer to accredited districts.

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said Friday that the state would be going to the Legislature for help.

The Riverview Gardens and Normandy districts are unaccredited, and a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling allows students to transfer to accredited districts. Estimates show the transfers could cost the districts as much as $30 million.

Nicastro says the state is trying to determine when Normandy won't be able to cover its expenses. State data shows Normandy had $8.6 million in reserve and Riverview Gardens $28.6 million at the end of the 2011 through 2012 school year, the most recent year information is available.

Post-storm loans offered in eastern Missouri counties

Saturday, 03 August 2013 07:54 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon says low-interest loans will be available to residents and business owners in several eastern Missouri communities hit by damaging weather from May 29th through June 10th.

Nixon's office said Friday the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted the state's request for the assistance.

The low-interest loans will be offered in the city of St. Louis and in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln and Warren counties.

Homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations may apply for the loans to repair or replace property, equipment and inventory damaged by floods, high winds hail and tornadoes.

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