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Student leaders and over a hundred mentors spent time transitioning Normandy students to the Francis Howell School District.

475 Normandy students made the leap to the accredited district. The number breaks down to 168 elementary school students, 164, middle school students, and 143 high schoolers. The kids spent the day getting tours of the schools, participating in team-building activities, and locating their lockers.  

The first day of school is Thursday.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:20
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  CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a "landmark" case.

   Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.

   A Cook County Circuit Court judge set oral arguments for Sept. 18.

   Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' pay from the state budget after threatening consequences if they didn't act on pensions.

   The lawsuit asks the court to decide if Quinn's line-item veto fully eliminated lawmakers' salaries. If the court upholds Quinn's amendatory veto, plaintiffs want the court to declare Quinn's action unconstitutional.

   Quinn says his move is constitutional.

 
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:20
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   SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A judge has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to hold off on issuing a wastewater permit for a horse slaughter facility planned for northwest Missouri.

   The Springfield News-Leader reports Rains Natural Meats wants to operate the facility near Gallatin, but Cole County Judge Daniel Green wants to hear a lawsuit filed against DNR before allowing the critical permit.

   Three horse slaughter opponents have sued the DNR to block the permit, which would let the facility land-apply the wastewater from the proposed plant.

   Their lawsuit argues that horses treated with a gamut of drugs that could be dangerous to human health would be slaughtered at the facility.

   Rains Natural Meats vice president David Rains called the judge's order illegal and said he was fighting to have it overturned.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:15
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man is facing drunk-driving charges - for the 10th time.

Florissant police on Monday stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense. Authorities say the driver, 53-year-old Joseph Arthur Hayes of Florissant, was arrested.

Prosecutors charged Hayes with driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He is jailed on $100,000 bond.

St. Louis County Police say Hayes had 9 prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and for driving while suspended or revoked.

   

 
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:13
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    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The elevator where a St. Louis musician fell to his death was registered with the state of Missouri but an operating certificate had not been issued.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed the Missouri Department of Public Safety database following the death of Bob Reuter. Reuter, a musician and radio show host, died Saturday afternoon after falling down an elevator shaft while moving into a downtown loft.

   Police say Reuter opened the door to the nearly 100-year-old elevator and stepped into the shaft, falling about 18 feet.

   State regulations require each elevator to be registered with the Division of Fire Safety and to be inspected annually. The newspaper says the elevator was registered in February, but a state elevator registry shows no record of inspection or operating certificate.

 

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:46
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Today a new beer garden opens at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Soulard. Most St. Louisans are familiar with the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, which draws around 350,000 people every year, and now those people have one final stop to make. The new 10,000 square foot, outdoor beer garden features a full menu, 17 beers on tap, and room for 300 people. There's also a daily Brewmasters tasting as well as photo ops available with the Budweiser Clydesdales. The beer garden is the first of its kind at AB-InBev's 12 breweries in the United States. And while the tour remains free of charge, including two free beers, A-B will charge for all food and drink at the beer garden. 

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 08:23
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Three people are hurt after a triple shooting overnight in north St. Louis. It happened just before 2:00am Tuesday in the 5400 of Genevieve Avenue. Police say a woman in her 30's was shot in the leg.

A man, also in his 30's, was shot in the hip, and a man in his late teens was shot in the leg. Police say the two men and the woman are in stable condition. No suspects are in custody. 

 

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 08:30
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   A plan to build a children's home in the city of Brentwood has been turned down. 

   Last night the Board of Aldermen killed a zoning change and land-use permit that Boys Hope Girls Hope needed to build a pair of residence halls for 20 boys and girls connected by offices for the nonprofit’s 14 employees. 

   The plan needed six votes from the eight-member board to be rezoned but got support from only three.

   The agency provides food, clothing and transportation to students, offers 24-hour mentoring and requires weekly chores and structured study time. The organization now has 15 boys and girls in the program; the new location would have allowed five more students.

 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri officials say more than 1,300 Medicaid participants had some of their personal information mailed to incorrect addresses.

   The Department of Social Services said Monday a software programming error led to the wrong mailings by a contractor called Infocrossing Inc.

   The agency says the error was discovered June 6 and affected correspondence sent to 1,357 managed care participants from October 16th, 2011 through June 7th of this year.

   The department says no personal medical or financial information was released. But it says the incorrect mailings could have included participants' names, birth dates, MO HealthNet identification numbers, phone numbers and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.

   Officials say there's no reason to believe any identity theft occurred, but Infocrossing is offering free credit monitoring services to those affected.

 
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   A St. Louis judge will be honored by the U.S. Supreme Court for his work in juvenile justice.  Judge Jimmie Edwards will be the 2013 recipient of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.  Chief Justice John Roberts will present the award in Washington on November 21st.  

   Judge Edward has been the driving force behind the Innovative Concept Academy.  The five year old school is credited with turning troubled youths into academic successes and productive members of the community.  

   Edwards has been on the St. Louis Circuit Court bench since 1992, serving as Chief Juvenile Court Judge for five years. 

 
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