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   Normandy school officials are eyeing cuts to cover the $15 million in tuition costs for 1,600 students who transferred out of the unaccredited district.  Superintendent Ty McNichols says he's begun identifying teachers and programs that will fall to the budget ax.  

   McNichols told a group of about 40 people gathered a a policy breakfast at the Show-Me Institute Tuesday that he's also working to bolster academics, attendance and the graduation rate in the failing district.  But he says he doesn't expect to make big advances before the next transfer application deadline rolls around in February.  

   Normandy has just two months to pay the first of the tuition bills which arrived last week, or the Missouri education department will withhold funding.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:06
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   A fundraiser for a state senator from the St. Louis area is drawing fire.  

   State Senator Brian Nieves (R) plans to give raffle off an AR-15 assault rifle at a fundraiser in Pacific next month.  Raffle tickets will go to supporters who give $1,000 or more at the October 12th event.  

   Critics accuse Nieves of stunting to draw support for an override of Nixon's veto of a controversial gun rights bill -- a bill that criminalizes the enforcement of federal gun laws in Missouri, and which Nieves sponsored.  

   But the Senator says this isn't the first time he's given away a gun at a fundraiser, its just the first AR-15.  

   Missouri lawmakers will gather in Jefferson City Wednesday and attempt to override a number of Nixon vetoes, including House Bill 436.

   Nieves represents Franklin and western St. Louis Counties.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 01:31
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Dozens of members of a St. Louis area motorcycle club are accused of participating in a large drug ring.

Federal prosecutors issued charges against 25 people in total--24 from the metro area and one from Texas--for allegedly assisting in the distribution of methamphetamine. The suspects are aged from 22-61 years old and belong to the Saddle Tramps Motorcycle club.

Another member of the club, Melvin Sherrer faces murder charges for allegedly killing a Bonne Terre man and putting his body in an abandoned septic tank. Each suspect could face up to life in prison.

Those charged are as follows:

Jorge Lopez, 37, Corinth, Tx., Melvin Scherrer, 49, Bonne Terre, Alan Adler, 54, Bonne Terre, Brent Bouren, 42, St. Louis, Howard Pyatt, 55, Bonne Terre, Arvil Matthews, 50, Imperial, Mark Abney, 47, Bonne Terre, Amber Scism, 31, Farmington, Terri Fox, 47, St. Louis, Guillermo Navarro, 35, St. Louis, Jerry Addison, 66, St. Louis, Jerami Westenberger, 35, Arnold, Ray Davis, 46, Union, James Mitchell, 44, St. Louis, Patrick Tate, 41, St. Louis, Jimmie Johnson, 60, St. Clair, Donald Maguire, 54, Theodore Heege, 48, Norma Egan, 47, St. Louis, Donna Moss, 45, St. Louis, Sheila Heege, 47, St. Louis, Danielle Becker, 29, Park Hills, Haley Meier, 34, St. Louis, Heather Martin, 27, St. Louis and Amy Gorrell, 22, of Bonne Terre.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 17:18
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A Republican state representative from Sikeston has apologized for comparing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's support of his decision to veto a tax cut to Adolf Hitler's Nazi propaganda.

Rep. Holly Rehder made the comparison in an email to constituents last week. She issued a statement Monday apologizing to anyone who was "truly offended."

The 44-year-owner of a cable TV contracting company was elected to her first term in November. Rehder represent parts of Scott and Mississippi counties in southeast Missouri.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Rehder plans to vote for an override of Nixon's veto when the Legislature convenes in Jefferson City starting Wednesday.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:14
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ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) - Police in central Missouri say a teenager shot and killed himself as he was being taken into custody for allegedly sending a text threatening school violence.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday near Ashland. The name of the 17-year-old student has not been released.

Boone County Maj. Tom Reddin says the teen sent a text to another student Monday night saying something dramatic was going to happen at school Tuesday, something that would include loss of life.

The family of the teen who received the text contacted police. Reddin says that as officers went to take in the teen who sent the message, he asked to get dressed.

Reddin says that's when the teen went into the home, retrieved a handgun and shot himself in the chest.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:48
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended funding for the next phase of a pricey renovation project at the state Capitol that's caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed.

The Chicago Democrat told reporters Tuesday that he's instructed his budget director to hold up any further appropriations for the project.

The restoration of the National Historic Landmark has already drawn criticism from officeholders and candidates, along with lots of finger-pointing. Sparking the outrage has been copper-plated wooden doors with a nearly $670,000 price tag and more than $323,000 for four chandeliers.

Quinn blamed Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III and says he needs to be "reigned in" by the legislative commission he reports to.

It's a nearly $50 million taxpayer funded renovation.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:18
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One day ahead of the all-important veto session in Jefferson City, Governor Jay Nixon made a stop in the St. Louis area. Nixon spoke in front of the student body at Affton High School, congratulating them on their continued academic achievement.

After his speech, Nixon was asked his thoughts on the republican legislature's attempts to override his tax-cut and gun nullifacation vetoes.

"We're not in junior high here. This is serious business," said Nixon. "I don't look at it as a scoreboard, I look at the substance of the bills. This isn't about some sort of a back and forth, this is about what we should responsibly do as a state."

Nixon vetoed a total of 29 bills. The GOP supermajority in the legislature aims to override as many as possible. 

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:17
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A cold and allergy decongestant containing what the manufacturer says is the first pseudoephedrine that cannot be used in meth production is now available nationwide.

The Drug Enforcement Administration refuses to allow Zephrex-D to be sold over the counter, saying government chemists were able to manufacture methamphetamine from the product.

Zephrex-D has been sold in Missouri since December and suburban St. Louis company Westport Pharmaceuticals rolled out the product to 15,000 pharmacies nationwide last month.

Westport says the amount of meth that can be made using Zephrex-D is so small that it's impractical for meth-makers. The Missouri Narcotics Officers Association says it hasn't found the product in any meth labs.

Nonetheless, the DEA insisted Tuesday that Zephrex-D must be sold from behind the counter like all other pseudoephedrine products.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:03
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The FBI is reaching out to the public to help ID the suspect in ten bank robberies that span five states.

The so-called "I-55 Bandit" has robbed or attempted to rob banks in Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid 20s with a thin build. He has short brown or strawberry blonde hair and stands about 6′-6’3″ tall. All of the banks he targeted in the metro area were along Interstate 55. The FBI is accepting tips by phone atl 1-800-225-5324 or visit FBI.gov

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 13:58
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A Missouri Vietnam War veteran has finally received recognition for his bravery.

With the help of Senator Clair McCaskill, Walter Sitzwohl was awarded the Purple Heart he earned after being wounded while on patrol in 1969. Sitzwohl's wife Tomme contacted Senator McCaskill in July and the Senator's office opened a case on behalf of the army veteran. McCaskill is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The 65 year old Sitzwohl served nearly two years in Vietnam.

After reviewing its records, the Army determined Sitzwohl should have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for injuries sustained in combat.

 

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