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   A new report gives both Missouri and Illinois poor marks for delivering health care services to low-income residents.  The Commonwealth Fund's scorecard was released Wednesday.  

   The report looks at 30 health indicators regarding health care coverage, prevention and treatment of low-income people  -- defined as 200-percent of the federal poverty level.  That's about $23,000 a year for an individual or $47,000 for a family of four.  

   According to the report, Missouri ranks 44th out of 51 states and DC.  Illinois does slightly better at 36th.  Hawaii ranked first among the states and Mississippi was last.

   The complete report, along with an interactive map, can be found on the Commonwealth Fund's website.

 

 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:35
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   Under Missouri's new rating system, the St. Louis Public Schools will lose accreditation in two years if things don't improve.  And under the state's transfer rules, students who live in unaccredited districts can transfer to schools in better performing districts at the expense of their home district.  

   The potential transfer crisis losing accreditation could create prompted an unprecedented meeting Tuesday between the elected and appointed city school boards.  It's the first time the two school boards have considered joining forces.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the two groups spent two hours discussing one idea: asking the state to grant accreditation status to individual schools rather than entire districts.  

   Superintendent Kelvin Adams says under that system, almost half of the city's schools would still be unaccredited, but the rest -- 38 of the district's 71 schools -- would receive at least provisional accreditation.  

   Adams and others argue that means only students in the city's lowest-performing schools would be eligible to transfer and some might choose to go to better performing schools within the district.  After all, 20 schools in the city meet state accreditation standards, some with distinction. 

 
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 02:30
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   Kirkwood Police are asking for the public's help to catch a burglar who broke into Vianney High School early Sunday morning.  Police say a man used a BB or pellet gun to break a door window to get inside about 2 a.m.  

   Police say he pulled on a mask after getting inside and tried to enter several classrooms.  But he was caught on camera, both inside and outside the building.  

   Police say the suspect approached and left the school on foot via Maryhurst Drive.  

   He's described as a white male, 18-25 years old, wearing a blue T-shirt with chest emblem, two tone knit hat, blue jeans, and black shoes.  

   Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tim Brand at 314-984-6903 or the Kirkwood Police Department at 314-822-5858. 

 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 01:06
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say the state saved about $44 million in five months because of a vendor's work to scrub unentitled Illinois residents from the Medicaid rolls. Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos detailed the savings Tuesday at a legislative hearing in Chicago.

   The work by Reston, Va.-based Maximus resulted in the state canceling Medicaid for more than 125,000 people. Outsourcing that task will cost the state about $70 million over two years.

   Hamos says 40 percent of the people kicked off Medicaid had no medical costs in the past six months, resulting in lower than projected savings.

   She says Illinois officials still would like to complete the contract with Maximus and will appeal an arbitrator's ruling that would require the contract to be canceled Dec. 31.

 
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:02
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri education officials are seeking an additional $6.8 million to help an unaccredited school district in the St. Louis area.

The State Board of Education approved the budget request Tuesday for the Normandy district. That's the first step in a process that ultimately requires the support of the governor and Legislature to become a reality.

Students started transferring out of the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts this year under a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay the costs for students who want to attend other public schools.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Normandy is projected to run out of money in March.

The additional funding recommended Tuesday would come as a supplemental state budget item to be considered after lawmakers convene in January.

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:17
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two members of the University of Missouri' s governing board say they did not order football Coach Gary Pinkel to dismiss a star running back after the player's 2010 arrest on sexual assault charges.

Derrick Washington was Missouri's leading rusher as a sophomore and junior until he was kicked off the team before his senior year after the accusations by a Tiger tutor. He was convicted in in 2011 of deviate sexual assault and served four months in prison.

Washington's mother told the authors of "The System," a book released Tuesday, that Pinkel wanted to keep her son on the team but was overruled by Missouri's Board of Curators.

Board chairman Wayne Goode and another curator told The Associated Press they never met with Pinkel nor discussed Washington.

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:18
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A north county man is facing 10 charges for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl.

Prosecutors say that over a two-year period starting in July of 2011, Derrick Lowery molested a 12-year-old girl. Lowery faces sodomy and child molestation charges. The St. Louis County Police Department fears there may be additional victims and are asking any to come forward.

Information can be called in to the police or CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS (8477).

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:26
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A St. Louis man is headed to prison for the rest of his life for murdering a newspaper manager.

Rico Paul was given the sentence for shooting and killing Paul Reiter, the manager of the St. Louis American. Reiter was shot as he was calling 911 to report a burglary that Paul was committing.

A jury found Paul guilty in his second trial--the first ended in a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a verdict. 

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:21
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Closures are scheduled for multiple interstates in downtown St. Louis later this week.

The first closures start Thursday evening at 7 PM. Crews will close two left lanes on westbound 70 from Biddle to Branch, but they should reopen by Friday morning rush. Ramps from the MLK Bridge and Biddle will also close at 7 PM Thursday and will open by the Saturday morning. 

Weekend Closures:

· Friday, September 20: Crews will be closing the two right lanes on westbound Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. At 12:01 Saturday, crews will close the right two lanes on the eastbound PSB. All PSB lanes are projected to reopen before 5 a.m. Monday. 

· Saturday, September 21, after 12:01 a.m. crews will periodically close either the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the Poplar Street Bridge or the ramp from northbound I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge. Neither ramp will be closed at the same time. Both ramps will be open by 5 a.m. Monday. 

 

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:15
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - It probably won't affect her sour mood, but Grumpy Cat now has an endorsement deal.

Nestle Purina PetCare said Tuesday that the frown-faced Internet sensation - real name Tardar Sauce - is now the "spokescat" for a Friskies brand of cat food. The St. Louis-based company didn't release terms of the deal.

Grumpy Cat, whose brown and white face wears a constant scowl, has become an online sensation.

Her photos are a constant presence on Facebook and other social media, and she's among the biggest stars of the peculiar trend of cat dominance on Web videos and postings.

Grumpy Cat's own Facebook page has 1.3 million likes. The dour animal also has more than 111,000 Twitter followers.

Nestle Purina featured Grumpy Cat in an online video game series in March.

 

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