JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court again is considering a court challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.
The court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's focus turned to Kansas City, which has been unaccredited since 2012.
Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit and contend the transfer law is an unfunded mandate violating the Missouri Constitution.
A Jackson County judge ruled in favor of the Independence, Lee's Summit and North Kansas City plaintiffs but rejected the argument for Blue Springs and Raytown. The state and some plaintiffs appealed.
Transfers from Kansas City schools have been on hold, but student transfers have caused acrimony in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis is putting on a fresh face before the start of the baseball playoffs. The Cardinals open with home games tomorrow and Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Street Department Director Todd Waelterman says the sprucing up of the city is underway.
"We've had crews out painting up the crosswalks for pedestrian safety, tightening up the potholes, closing up some construction around the stadium, trimming trees, picking up litter, cleaning up Kiener Plaza and preparing for some little extra services as these big parties happen downtown," said Waelterman.
Festivities begin with the Cardinals rally at Kiener Plaza at 1 o'clock. Game time is 4:07.
Busch Stadium will once again play host to international soccer stars as the Argentine National Soccer Team will face the Bosnia-Herzegovina team this November.
The Argentineans, led by four-time "world's best player" Lionel Messi.
The match is slated for November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the contest go on sale October 10 at 10 a.m. at Cardinals.com/soccer, the Busch Stadium box office and 314-345-9000. A special pre-sale will begin October 8 for Cardinals season ticket holders and club VIPs.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Enterprise Holdings, the nation's largest rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year.
Company executive Marie Artim announced the expansion in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.
The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company's workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition.
The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.
In addition to the full-time jobs, Enterprise plans to hire 1,500 interns.
Enterprise Holdings operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental.
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A new Kirksville dental school is seeking to ease a shortage of dentists in Missouri.
The Columbia Missourian (http://is.gd/5WDHI6 ) reports that the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health opened Tuesday at A.T. Still University. The only other dental school in the state is at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The new dental school's initial class of 42 includes only nine Missouri residents. But the school hopes that its health center placement program will persuade many of them to remain in state.
Dentists are in short supply across much of the state. Missouri ranks 41 out of 50 states in adult oral health based on the percentage of adults who regularly visit the dentist. But the low number of dentists is not the only factor holding down the ranking.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the second time this year, a federal court has ruled that the eastern Missouri town of Desloge cannot ban the Ku Klux Klan - or any other group - from passing out handbills.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Nannette A. Baker's ruling Tuesday stops Desloge from enforcing an ordinance that prohibits leafleting on the street. The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of the KKK.
The ACLU initially filed suit in 2012, and a judge struck down the original ordinance. Desloge revised the law, but the ACLU also challenged the revision, claiming that it, too, violated free speech rights.
Desloge City Administrator Greg Camp says the ordinance is aimed at keeping pedestrians safe, not singling out offensive groups.
Camp says city officials haven't decided whether to appeal.
In response to several postings on social media, St. Louis city police sent more than 20 officers to Roosevelt High School Tuesday to protect fans and players at a high school football game. Fox2 News reports that the game between the Vashon and College Preparatory junior varsity teams was played at Roosevelt. The move comes after a 16-year-old was shot and killed after leaving a party attended by teens from Vashon and College Prep. Another 16-year-old was taken into custody after the shooting. Police were alerted to the possibility of violence after noticing several alarming posts on social media. There were no incidents at the game, but police say they will continue to monitor the situation.
The owners of a popular Missouri theme park are now the owners of the Harlem Globetrotters. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the owners of Silver Dollar City, have agreed to purchase the famed basketball team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, however in June the asking price for the team was between $50 million and $100 millions. The Globetrotters were founded in 1926. In addition to Silver Dollar City, Herschend Family Entertainment owns and operates 26 other theme parks including Dollywood.
After a drug scandal rocked the county courthouse, St. Clair County officials are expanding their drug testing program. The board decided unanimously Monday night to expand the random drug testing to hundreds of additional employees.
Ironically, the new policy won't apply to the circuit court system where the scandal broke. That's because the courts are a separate government entity.
In March, Circuit Judge Joe Christ died while staying with Circuit Judge Michael Cook at a hunting lodge. In May, Cook was charged with heroine possession and a weapons violation. A probation officer and another man are also facing charges.
There are a lot of problems with Missouri's school transfer law, but no easy solutions. That's what state lawmakers heard from St. Louis area school administrators and state educators during five hours of hearings Tuesday.
The legislators are considering changes to the current law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to better schools at the expense of their home district. Issues of cost were a repeated theme yesterday.
Three districts in the state are currently unaccredited: Normandy, Riverview Gardens and Kansas City. But with 11 other districts only having provisional accreditation and new state education standards, there is concern that the transfer situation could be much more widespread in the next few years.