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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year spending bill with funding for social services, education and a financially troubled St. Louis County school district.
   The supplemental budget signed into law Wednesday moves $69 million to the state Medicaid program to offset a shortfall in Missouri's settlement payments from tobacco companies. It also includes an extra $3 million to help low-income people pay utility bills, and $2 million to help the unaccredited Normandy School District.
   The measure also provides additional funding for public schools and colleges through June 30 to make up for shortfalls in gambling and lottery revenues.
   Nixon froze $22 million budgeted for schools and colleges earlier this month, saying lawmakers had not included enough money in the supplemental budget.
 

UPDATE: Missing So. County teen home safe

Thursday, 24 April 2014 03:14 Published in Local News
   A South County teen who had been the subject of an Endangered Person Advisory is home safe.  
   St. Louis County Police had issued the advisory Wednesday night when 16 year old Blake Graham disappeared after arguing with his family and threatening suicide.  
   Police canceled the advisory about 4 a.m. Thursday, saying the teen had returned home overnight.

Railroad work delays drivers in Kirkwood

Thursday, 24 April 2014 02:54 Published in Local News

   Drivers on Kirkwood Road are used to waiting for the train, but that wait is a little longer today.  

   Union Pacific crews are making a critical repair to the tracks crossing Kirkwood Road near the Amtrak Station.  That is forcing the trains to use a single track and slow down to 10 miles per hour.  

   City officials say the slower trains are taking longer to pass, and that's holding up traffic on Kirkwood Road.

   Besides the train crossing delays, part of the road will be blocked off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday.  Motorists are advised to use the bypass on Clay Avenue if possible.  

   The work and the delays will last through the Thursday evening rush.

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