Sunday, January 22, 2012
MO Rep. Jill Schupp, a Democrat, reacts to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address earlier this week.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
The State of Missouri continues to have to cut programs in order to balance our budget. In an environment where we are considering every option and looking in every direction for job creation opportunities, it is hard to hear that the Governor's proposal includes an approximately 12% cut to higher education. After all, we know that companies move to states that have a well educated workforce. With today's businesses starting and growing in the areas of science and technology, these cuts to our post secondary educational system seem counter-intuitive. And yet, we have few other places we can cut. Due to being unable to fully fund the K-12 education foundation formula, the legislature will be looking to revamp the formula so that it meets …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
A separate event promises to explain the state's road map to selecting GOP presidential delegates from Missouri.
A candidate debate takes place Thursday 7 p.m. (tonight) with former Missouri Republican Party Chairwoman Ann Wagner and attorney Ed Martin at the Cliff Cave Branch of the St. Louis County Library. Library staff said the library was open, despite snow. Cliff Cave Branch Library, 5430 Telegraph Rd., Oakville, 314-994-3300. The forum marks the latest meeting between the two leading candidates for the U.S. Congress seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO.) This week, we learned that a third candidate may enter the Republican fray. Webster Groves physician Randy Jotte is considering the contest. Jotte previously ran unsuccessful races for state representative and for the St. Louis County Council. Akin, fresh off a GOP U.S. Senate …
Parents at Parkway Northeast Middle School were notified of the highly infectious disease.
Parents and staff at Parkway Northeast Middle School were notified of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, this week. A district spokesperson said it was a single case reported to St. Louis County health officials. It was not clear whether it was student or staff that contracted the illness. Northeast Middle is in Creve Coeur, but is part of the Chesterfield-based Parkway school system. According to a St. Louis County Health Department fact sheet distributed to parents, whooping cough: Information distributed to school parents and staff included recommendations from county officials suggesting:
Monday, January 9, 2012
Barnes-Jewish ER doc looks for support in GOP primary race.
The field of candidates in the GOP primary race for Missouri's newly-redrawn second U.S. Congressional District may be set to grow. Randy Jotte, a one time Webster Groves City Council member, who most recently ran unsuccessfully for the Missouri General Assembly and St. Louis County Council, has launched a website and other campaign apparatus to consider a bid for Congress—aiming at U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's seat. Akin has announced his bid for the U.S. Senate, leaving the race wide open for the U.S. House of Representatives. The news that Jotte was interested in Congress was first reported Monday by PoliticMo and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jotte's website says he is a 1978 graduate of De Smet High School, and is currently an emergency room …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Last year, Brent Woody entered a guilty plea on a count transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
A former Parkway Central High School girls basketball coach who was set to be sentenced Thursday on a federal count of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, will now wait until February to learn his fate. Brent Woody issued a guilty plea in federal court October 2011. Sentencing was continued to February 24. Authorities say Woody had a sexual relationship with a 15-year old female student. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Woody could face 10 years-to-life in prison, fines up to $250,000 and lifetime supervision on release. He remains charged in St. Louis County Court on 15 counts of statutory rape. According to Casenet, the next scheduled appearance in county court is set for January 27.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Two former officers claim they were fired even as they were considered to replace the district's retiring Chief.
In a lawsuit filed this week in St. Louis County circuit court, three former officers of the Monarch Fire Protection District claim they were denied due process when they were removed last month in the wake of a sex discrimination lawsuit verdict which came back against the District in appellate court. Leslie Crews and Cary Spiegel said in the filing that they were told they were being dismissed because of that verdict, while Michael Davis said he was given no explanation. The complaint states that the case served as "a mere pretext and excuse," and that real reason stemmed from union interests in gaining control over the district. The trio said they were entitled to dismissal proceedings and an opportunity to clear their names in a …
A strong fourth period brought the Bombers from eight behind to a winning 5-point margin.
Parkway Central appeared to have John Burroughs under control through three quarters of a round-robin game in the Chaminade Christmas Tournament Thursday night, and then the tide turned. The Bombers outscored the Colts 18-6 in the final stanza, to win the privilege of playing host Chaminade, Friday night, beating the Colts 46-41. Central senior forward Zach Biggs had a team-high 16 points, none of which fell in the fourth period. On the other end, Bombers junior guard Foye Oluokun found the hoop for a game-high 21 points, eight of those coming in the last period. “We had the defensive stops,” Oluokun said about the first half. “We just had to take advantage of them.” They found a way. Burroughs was up 12-8 after the first period, then the …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Mizzou wanted him, but who gets him?
He isn't talking about it yet, but it appears Parkway Central Wide Receiver Brandon Sheperd has ended his college recruiting process. His coach, Mark Goldenberg, told Patch that Sheperd apparently committed to Oklahoma State University Monday morning. Sheperd was in Stillwater over the weekend for a recruiting visit which included OSU's game Saturday against arch rival Oklahoma. Sheperd, who had narrowed his choices to Oklahoma State and the University of Missouri, led the Colts with 21 touchdowns this season as Parkway Central High School won a district title. Goldenberg said he learned Monday night of Sheperd's decision. Attempts to reach the senior for comment have been unsuccessful. Recruits can only make verbal pledges, which are non-…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Despite an appeal on the case that has ties to West County investors, someone has to pay up.
The end of the line has come for a St. Louis condemnation case involving a woman named Opel Henderson, her 50-year-old downtown junkyard business and a handful of West County businessmen. Now it appears someone is on the hook to pay Henderson a $1 million judgment, plus interest. Henderson and her husband operated a salvage yard along South Broadway near downtown since 1947. After her husband died, her sons began working at the yard. Henderson paid property and business taxes plus she and her sons paid city earnings taxes. As one might expect over the years while operating a salvage yard, they picked up a few code violation citations, but for the most part she was running a successful business. In 2004, three limited liability corporations…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday afternoon, the district announced interim chiefs to replace those removed in the wake of the suit.
The women who had a successful verdict in an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Monarch Fire Protection District upheld in state appeals court have broken their silence over the case. Donna Kessler and Dana Buckley spoke to KTVI/FOX2's Andy Banker in a story which aired earlier this week. Kessler and Buckley, along with two other women, filed a sex discrimination suit against the district, claiming the bias they were shown cost them employment opportunities and put public safety at risk by keeping female firefighters off firetrucks for extended periods of time, hurting their ability to perform a firefighter's duties. In the verdict upheld earlier this month by a state appeals court, Kessler and Buckley will each receive $200,000…