Monday, 30 December 2013 13:52 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Fourteen Missouri schools will share $7.5 million in federal funds aimed at low-achieving schools.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded funding to eight schools in St. Louis and four in St. Louis County's Riverview Gardens School District. Also receiving money are Martin Luther King Elementary in Kansas City and Frederick Douglass High School in Columbia.
This is Missouri's third round of funding from the federal School Improvement Grants program.
State officials say schools generally use the money for hiring staff such as instructional coaches and career counselors. Other uses include special reading and math programs, professional development, and extended learning programs such as classes on Saturdays or during spring and winter breaks.
Monday, 30 December 2013 13:36 Published in Local News
An East St. Louis man is accused of killing a Mizzou student just days before Christmas.
The body of Jarrett Mosby was found in his car on December 23. Investigators with the Major Case Squad say Mosby agreed to meet Deneshion Swope for a drug deal. Police say the two men started to argue and Swope allegedly shot Mosby and moved his car to where it was eventually found.
Swope was on probation for gun charges, is held on a half-million dollar bond, and facing first-degree murder charges. Swope could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
Monday, 30 December 2013 13:33 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says Illinois residents will get a breakdown of state spending in income tax returns received in 2014.
Topinka announced the initiative on Monday. She says her office will also make the information available online.
In a statement, Topinka says there shouldn't be a mystery when it comes to public dollars in the state.
The tax return inserts will show what state agencies spend each year. It also gives a picture of the state's unpaid bills over time.
Topinka says that Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas started a similar insert in the previous tax season.