The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday accused the Scott County Central School District in Sikeston of discrimination. Messages left with the district’s superintendent, Alvin McFerren, were not returned.
The district has just an elementary and a high school, serving a combined 330 students. The SPLC says a male student sought permission to bring his boyfriend to the prom on April 20, but was told district policy prohibits same-sex couples from attending school dances.
An SPLC attorney says the policy denies Dawson’s constitutional rights.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy said teachers found a note on a desk at St. Clair Junior High that said there was an explosive device in the building. The students were evacuated around eleven the the high school gym.
Fox 2 reports the all clear has been given and students have returned to class.
Charges have been filed against George Bricking Jr for the 1995 murder of Christine Foster. Bricking had been arrested in '95 but a grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to file charges.
The task force also arrested Carlos Garrett for the 1989 murder of a 16-year-old girl earlier this week.
On Thursday, the House approved a constitutional amendment that allows a photo ID requirement. Lawmakers then endorsed legislation to implement it. Both measures now move to the state Senate.
Lawmakers have considered enacting a photo ID requirement for voting several times in recent years. Debate generally has split along partisan lines. Republicans now control a veto-proof supermajority in both the House and the Senate.
Supporters of a photo ID requirement say it would help prevent voter fraud and protect legitimate votes. Critics say Missouri has not had recent incidents of voter fraud and the requirement could make it more difficult for some people to cast ballots.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Ballpark Village developer Cordish Cos. announced the addition on Thursday. It was just last week that the team and Cordish announced plans for the initial phase of the entertainment center outside of Busch Stadium.
Cowboy Bars are already operated at seven other locations around the U.S.
The 8,000-square-foot bar in St. Louis will include a mechanical bull.
The first phase of Ballpark Village is expected to open by Opening Day 2014. It will include a Cardinals-themed restaurant and hall of fame, a large bar focusing on Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis heritage, and a live entertainment area.
The poll, taken by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, shows support has grown from 33.6 percent in 2010 to 45.5 percent today.
Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate and believe they will pass the bill. If approved, it heads to the House. Governor Quinn has also indicated he would sign the bill.
Thirty-five-year-old Rondias Webb waived the hearing Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court. He is charged in the Nov. 17 shooting death of 36-year-old Monica Webb.
Prosecutors say Monica Webb was shot inside the home where she had moved to get away from her husband. Police say Rondias Webb shot himself after shooting his wife.
The Joplin Globe reports Monica Webb had obtained a protection order against her husband in September after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault at an apartment they had shared. Two weeks before her shooting, Webb reported that her husband had violated the protection order.
State Rep. Linda Black, of Bonne Terre, announced Thursday that she would not seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, who resigned last month. Black had been among the leading contenders for the 8th District seat in southeast Missouri.
Poplar Bluff chiropractor Jack Rushin, who lost to Emerson last year, said Thursday that he also is considering whether to drop his bid for the June 4 special election.
But state Rep. Steve Hodges, of East Prairie, announced he was entering the race.
The two other Democratic candidates are Todd Mahn of Festus and Markel Fitchpatrick of Blodgett.
The St Louis baseball Cardinals have extended General Manager John Mozeliak's contract through 2016 and picked up manager Mike Matheny's option for 2014. The announcement was made Thursday morning by team President Bill DeWitt, Jr. at spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida.
KTRS Sports contributor Joe Strauss tweets that if Mozeliak serves out his term as GM, he and predecessor, Walt Jocketty, will have steered the club for 23 seasons.
Mozeliak, who is entering his sixth season as the team's general manager, had his contract extended through 2016.
During Mozeliak's tenure as GM, the Cardinals have won the 2011 World Series and they have been to the postseason three times, including the past two seasons.
The 2012 club, managed by Matheny, was one win away from a second consecutive National League pennant when it lost a three-games-to-one lead in the National League championship series to the San Francisco Giants.
When you buy that box of chocolates today on this Valentine’s Day, you’re showing more than your love for your sweetheart, you’re boosting the U.S. economy.
Even with our slow recovery, we Americans are set to spend a record $18.6 billion today.
Flower shops, jewelry stores and online dating sites are all expecting to cash in on this day of love. Managers with Merb's Candies in St. Louis tells KTRS news they sell 7 pounds of chocolate-covered strawberries to one pound of other confectionaries.
KTRS' Michael Golde reports workers at Walter Knoll Florist's Distribution Center at Chouteau and California in St. Louis city sell 55,0000 roses, fills 4400 orders with 100 extra drivers hired to make deliveries today. Walter Knoll says,"All orders placed are delivered by noon today." But Knoll says procrastinators can still stop by one of their stores. They have plenty of roses on hand. "We have lots of great product and they can pick out what they like and take it with them."
According to the 2013 National Retail Federation Valentine’s Day spending survey, the average American is expected to spend $130.97 on gifts, a slight increase from last year.