The St. Louis Public School District will adjust the 2013/2014 school calendar to make-up two of the six instructional days lost due to inclement weather this winter. Snow, ice and extreme cold temperatures resulted in the District cancelling classes on January 6 – 10 and January 21.
The District will cancel a Professional Development day scheduled for Friday, February 14, 2014 and use this day as a full instructional day for students and staff.
The District is also cancelling the Parent/Teacher Conference Day scheduled for Friday, March 14, 2014 and will use this day as a full instructional day for students and staff.
The 3rd Quarter report cards will now be sent home to parents via students on March 14.
As there are approximately two months of potential winter weather remaining, the District will withhold making a decision on the remaining four snow days until the threat of additional winter weather passes.
The adjusted calendar is now available on the District website: www.slps.org.
Two police officers assigned to security detail for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley can no longer access the criminal justice database.
Police Chief Tim Fitch tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that an internal affairs investigation is under way to determine whether the officers' violated any laws when they ran the names of police board candidates, including Dave Spence. Fitch says it was an announcement in October by Dooley chief of staff, Garry Earls, that prompted the investigation. Earls had told the County Council that Spence's criminal background check had come back clean.
A spokeswoman for Dooley told the paper the county executive was unaware of the investigation and had not himself requested any such checks by the officers.
We should know by the end of the week who will replace retiring St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.
Friday is Fitch's last day on the job and the county police board is expected to name his replacement at that time.
Fox 2 News is siting unnamed sources as say the field has been narrowed to three candidates: Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Cox, Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division; Lieutentant Colonel Kenneth Gregory, who leads the patrol division; and the head of special operations, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Belmar.
It's unclear when or if Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls will be executed.
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted him a stay of execution. Justice Samuel Alito signed the order and it was sent out Tuesday night, just hours before Smulls midnight execution date.
The 56 year old was convicted of killing a St. Louis County jeweler and badly injuring his wife during a 1991 robbery. His juvenile accomplice, now 37, is serving a life sentence.
Smulls' lawyer says the stay is temporary while the high court reviews the case. She had made last-minute pleas to spare Smulls' life, focusing on Smulls "due process" rights, since he still has appeals pending that challenge Missouri's execution method. Attorney Cheryl Pilate is arguing that Missouri's refusal to disclose the name of the compounding pharmacy that makes the pentobarbitol used in executions makes it impossible for Smulls' advocates to know whether it could cause pain and suffering.
Earlier on Tuesday, Pilate revealed the name of the company she believes is making the drug. She told The Associated Press that her research indicates the drug is made by The Apothecary Shoppe, based in Tulsa, Okla. She says an Oklahoma City-based lab tested the drug.