This weekend may be the perfect time to get your flu shot. Barnes Jewish Hospital is hosting several free flu vaccine clinics over the next month beginning tomorrow. Adult and pediatric vaccine will be available tomorrow in North County at the Shalom Church City of Peace Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two more clinics are scheduled for Sunday. One will be held at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Medical Office Building 2. The other on Sunday is at Christ the King Church on Old Halls Ferry. Both clinics will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is recommended that anyone over 6-months-old get a flu vaccine. All vaccines are free of latex and preservatives. No pre-registration is required. All doses will be administered on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. A link to the BJC schedule for the free vaccines can be found here.
The Jefferson County R-VII School District was lauded for its academic achievement today as Governor Jay Nixon visited Jefferson High School to congratulate the students and staff on the results of the Missouri School Improvement Program. The district scored a 90.4 percent rating on the 2013 Annual Performance Report. This is the tenth straight year Jefferson R-VII has been acknowledged for its academic performance. In praising the district, Governor Nixon said, "When teachers, staff, parents and the community work together to ensure a quality education for their children, we are making a real investment in the future of our economy and state.” The Governor also applauded Jefferson High School for being a Missouri A+ designated school, which allows qualified students to apply for scholarships for two years of tuition and fees at any of Missouri’s community colleges. To be eligible for the program, students must meet academic achievement standards, conduct and attendance requirements, and perform 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring service. Missouri’s high school graduation rate now ranks eighth highest in the nation.
After hours of public interviews, deliberations and voting, the Appellate Judicial Commission of Missouri has endorsed three nominees for a vacant position on the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that two St. Louis-area attorneys and one St. Louis judge are the nominees. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael P. David and attorneys James Dowd of Webster Groves and Philip Hess of Sunset Hills are vying to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Kathianne Knaup Crane. Crane stepped away in August after serving for 23 years on the Court of Appeals. Governor Nixon has 60 days to select one member of the panel to fill the vacancy. Should he fail to do so, the Missouri Constitution directs the Appellate Judicial Commission to make the appointment.