NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) - Several southwest Missouri school districts that have planned new safe rooms since a deadly May 2011 tornado destroyed much of Joplin say their projects could be delayed by the federal shutdown.
In Neosho that means more than $10 million in projects are on hold because there's nobody at the Federal Emergency Management Agency that can approve the work. Similar projects in Webb City, Avilla and Joplin also are in limbo because of the shutdown.
The Joplin Globe reports school officials believe a delay in awarding contracts could mean construction on the safe rooms might have to be pushed back until next year.
An architect for several of the projects says it takes six to eight weeks to complete the bid process after FEMA approves of the designs.
Most of the students who were given the chance to transfer out of the struggling Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts are still attending their new schools.
Nearly 2300 transfer students were attending classes in 24 districts across the St. Louis metro area, according to numbers compiled by Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis last month.
About 500 students who could have transferred, opted to stay in their home districts. Don Senti, executive director of Cooperating School Districts told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that transportation is a problem. Senti says it's too difficult for some students to get to school in districts where transportation isn't provided.
An off duty St. Louis police officer is fighting for his life after being ejected from his vehicle during a traffic accident early Sunday evening. Police say it happened at Jamieson and Fyler about 5:30 p.m.
The 25 year old officer and his girlfriend had been traveling south on Jamieson when their vehicle collided with an SUV. The officer's vehicle rolled several times.
Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the officer suffered head injuries. No one else was seriously hurt.
Accident reconstruction crews are investigating.
Dotson told the paper the injured officer has been with the department about a year, and works in the 5th district.
It may be a while before anyone knows what killed a Highland, Illinois teen found unresponsive in a friend's dorm room at the University of Missouri Sunday morning.
University Police say emergency crews arrived about 9:00 a.m. to find 18 year old Gregory Holthaus unconscious and not breathing. He was rushed to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police don't suspect foul play, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. The investigation is ongoing.
Friends and family held a memorial service for Holthaus at the Highland town square Sunday evening.