$215M Settlement Proposed in Alleged USC Gynecologist Abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California on Friday announced an agreement in principle for a $215 million class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated students for decades. The agreement will provide compensation ranging from $2,500 up to $250,000 to the women who have claimed…

St. Louis Restored Prairie in Bloom but Faces Threats

ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature reserve’s conservation is threatened by inaction and invasive plants. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that biologists discovered the 25-acre prairie hidden at Calvary Cemetery in the 1990s, protected from agricultural development. Erin Shank is an urban…

Former Columbia School Official Admits to St. Louis Thefts

CHESTERFIELD, MO (AP) — The former chief financial officer at Columbia Public Schools has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from band boosters at a suburban St. Louis high school. The Columbia Daily-Tribune reports that Anna Munson pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Louis County District Court to receiving stolen property. Charging documents say she began making…

Hawley and McCaskill Square Off In Final Debate Before Elections

(Associate Press) St. Louis   Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley used Thursday night’s debate to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri. McCaskill hammered her challenger over his positions on health care and said Trump’s wall was unnecessary. The two squared-off about Federal Tax-cuts and pre-existing healthcare medical…