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HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis area school district has launched a food pantry program to help ensure needy students don't go without nourishment outside the school day.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Hazelwood School District's "Food For Thought" program is the second in the area. The Jennings district opened one for its students in the fall of 2012.
Hazelwood's pantries will be housed at the district's three high schools. But they'll be available to all students who lack a reliable source of food for evenings, weekends and other breaks from school.
 About 57 percent of Hazelwood students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, compared to nearly 50 percent statewide.  
 
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:14
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   Normandy school officials, parents and students are waiting to see if Missouri legislators will provide the struggling district with the emergency funds it needs to make it through the school year.  Officials say without state aid, the district will be bankrupt by April after spending millions of dollars on tuition and busing for students who've transferred out of the unaccredited district.  
   So what will happen if lawmakers refuse the five-million dollar request and the district runs out of money before the school year ends?  
   Missouri Education Commissioner, Chris Nicastro tells Fox 2 News if that happens, the Normandy schools would most likely be closed. "In the short term at least, I think the only viable option would be for the state board to assign those kids to go to school elsewhere," she said.
   Nicastro says she'll be meeting with Normandy District officials on Wednesday to discuss the districts financial crisis.
 
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 02:50
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   A Randolph County man is dead after an apparent accident on his family's farm, just east of Red Bud, Illinois.   Emergency crews were called to the 6900 block of Griggs Road just before noon Monday.  

   Firefighters arrived to learn that 44 year old Jeffery Guebert had fallen into a grain elevator.  Rescue workers cut holes in the side of the silo in an attempt to retrieve Guebert, but it was too late.  His body was recovered by late afternoon.  

   Randolph County authorities are still trying to determine how Guebert fell into the elevator.

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   A report being released Tuesday says Illinois' plan to save $160 billion ultimately won't make much of a dent in the state's growing deficits.  

   The University of Illinois' Institute for Government and Public Affairs study says changes to the state's major public pension systems will eliminate their unfunded liability over the next 25 years, but the state's deficit will increase to $13 billion during that time.  Institute researchers projected a $14 billion deficit - a $1 billion difference - if the state had not implemented pension reform.  

   Institute Director Chris Mooney says the study was released as campaigns for the 2014 general election begin to heat up in order to make sure the state's fiscal crisis is talked about.

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   Residents in the St. Louis area are bracing for the next round of winter weather.  Snow, cold and wind... the next winter storm will have a little bit of everything.
   Overnight, widely scattered snow showers are expected to spread across the metro area ahead of a blast of arctic air.  Up to an inch or two of accumulation is possible by Tuesday morning, especially along and east of the Mississippi River.  Farther south and west could see just a dusting.  
   Then temperatures will nose-dive, dropping into the mid-teens by 6:00 a.m. with wind chills around zero.  That's because of strong winds from the northwest.
   A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6:00 a.m.  Sustained winds of 20 TO 30 mph are expected during the early morning hours, with gusts up to 45 mph.  The strong winds could make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles and in areas were there's snow falling.
  By 1 a.m., transportation officials were reporting roads in northeastern Missouri as snow-covered, including portions of Interstate 70 through Warren and Montgomery Counties.  Most roads in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties were reported to be partially snow covered.  Current road conditions can be found on MoDOT's traveler website
   Illinois officials report roads and highways in central and northern Illinois are snow covered.  Current conditions can be found on IDOT's winter road conditions website
 
 
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the Legislature for $10 million to renovate a hospital for classes at Lincoln University.
 
Nixon says the project will allow the state capital's historically black college to expand its nursing and culinary programs.
 
The proposed funds would let the state acquire and renovate St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City. The hospital is moving to a new site at the end of this year.
 
The governor has previously said he would recommend a $36 million increase for all of Missouri's public universities and colleges for the fiscal year beginning in July. He has also urged the four-year institutions, including Lincoln, to freeze undergraduate tuition for the next academic year.
 
Nixon will present his entire budget plan Tuesday before his State of the State address.
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The weather may be pleasant Monday afternoon, but that is about to change.

 

Snow is expected to arrive late tonight with some areas seeing up to two inches of snow. Temperatures are also expected to drop, with wind chills as low as ten-below Tuesday.

 

In anticipation of the weather, St. Louis street crews are already out treating the pavement. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Hundreds gather in St. Louis to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for equality, even as disparities still exist.
 
King's life was celebrated Monday at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, the same building where slaves waged a legal battle for freedom more than 160 years ago.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that speakers cited progress, but said disparities in education, jobs and poverty based on race still remain.
 
The crowd in the rotunda at the historic building was among the largest in several years, spilling out onto Market Street. After hearing speeches, the crowd marched through downtown to an interfaith service at Powell Hall.
 
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Missouri State Highway Patrol is leading the search for the driver involved in a fatal hit and run.

 

Troopers say a Maroon Ford Ranger truck hit an 80-year-old man who was walking along Highway B near Hillsboro, Missouri. The victim died from his injuries. The truck is described as a late 1990s Ford Ranger truck with tinted windows and black wheels with a possible extended cab and damage on the passenger side.

 

Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 636-300-2800.

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As St. Louis city continues its' 250th birthday celebration in 2014, there is an ambitious effort underway to encourage volunteerism.

Erin Budde, executive director of STL250, tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch officials are seeking 250,000 people to volunteer this year.  She calls it an ambitious project and goal, but points out that the St. Louis region has consistently ranked high nationally in its volunteer efforts.  

A report released Saturday looking at the “civic health” of Missouri shows that the state ranks 15th in the country in volunteerism, with 30 percent of residents participating compared with 27 percent nationwide.

The St. Louis region does even better, at 32 percent.  The region also fares better than the rest of the country in donating to charity, with 57 percent of residents doing so, compared with 51 percent in the U.S. overall.

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