Mo. court upholds student transfer law in KC case
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.
The court's unanimous decision Tuesday applies to the Kansas City School District and its suburban neighbors. A similar ruling earlier this year dealt with St. Louis area schools.
A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited school districts to cover the costs for students to attend nearby accredited schools.
Kansas City's school district has been unaccredited since 2012, but student transfers have been on hold because of the legal challenge.
The Supreme Court rejected an assertion that the student transfer law amounted to an unfunded mandate that violated the state constitution.
Mo. governor signs $1.7B Boeing incentive plan
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon chose a monument to the space race manufacturing boon as a backdrop to sign into law a $1.7 billion tax incentive package to lure aerospace giant Boeing to the state.
The governor endorsed the tax breaks for production of the company's 777X jetliner Tuesday morning at a bill signing ceremony at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis' Forest Park.
More than 100 civic and business leaders joined Nixon, hours before Boeing's self-imposed deadline for offers from eager local and state governments across the country. The presumed manufacturing site is on the edge of Lambert St. Louis International Airport.
The tax credits are worth up to $150 million annually over 23 years if Boeing meets its target of 8,000 new jobs.
Missouri AG appeals stay of execution
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has appealed the stay of execution for convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, calling the federal appeals court ruling "an abuse of discretion."
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a stay for Nicklasson, scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond nearly two decades ago.
Late Monday, Koster's office asked for a hearing before the full 8th Circuit. By Tuesday morning, no decision had been made on that appeal.
After going nearly three years without an execution, Missouri had been preparing for its second in three weeks. The state executed racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin on Nov. 20. It was the first execution in Missouri using a single drug, pentobarbital.
Ex-St. Louis mayor admits mishandling legal fees
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A state panel says that former St. Louis mayor Freeman Bosley can expect to face disciplinary action from the Missouri Supreme Court for mishandling clients' legal fees.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bosley acknowledged improper financial practices at his law firm during a Monday hearing of the court's Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.
The state alleges Bosley combined his own money with clients' funds, used trust-account money to pay personal expenses and failed to keep accurate records. The state investigation shows Bosley may owe about $6,250 to third-party health care providers.
The disciplinary panel's punishment options include reprimand, probation, suspension and disbarment.
Bosley was St. Louis' first black mayor, elected in 1993. He lost a 1997 re-election bid and went into private law practice.
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Woman seeks new judge, venue for murder trial
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City lawyer charged in the deaths of her father and his girlfriend wants her trial moved out of Camden County.
Susan Van Note is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2010 deaths of 67-year-old William Van Note and 59-year-old Sharon Dickson at the couple's home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Lake Sun Leader reports during a hearing Monday in Camden County Circuit Court, a request for a new judge was granted but the change of venue motion will not be decided until January 2014.
Dickson died at the scene of the shooting and William Van Note was hospitalized. Prosecutors allege his daughter forged durable power of attorney documents, leading doctors to remove the elder Van Note from life support.
More radioactive waste found at Bridgeton landfill
FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) - More radioactive material has been discovered at St. Louis County landfill.
Florissant City Engineer Tim Barrett says he was told by state officials Monday that the additional radioactive waste was found at the West Lake Landfill.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the radioactive material was found during exploratory work for construction of a trench to separate radioactive waste from an underground fire smoldering in the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.
Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services Inc. is paying to build the trench to keep a smoldering fire away from the West Lake Landfill.
The smoldering just below the surface of the Bridgeton Landfill was discovered in 2010. It became an issue last year, when nearby residents complained about the odor.
Mo. chiropractic school settles discrimination
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys for a woman who filed a legal complaint against a Chesterfield chiropractic college say the school has agreed to rescind two failing grades she received while recovering from difficult childbirth.
The National Women's Law Center in Washington filed an administrative complaint with the federal Department of Education against Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs on behalf of graduate student Brandi Kostal.
Kostal missed classes and assignments when pregnancy complications required a Caesarean section. Her complaint says Logan officials told Kostal she could withdraw from doctorate-level classes or be penalized for the absences.
The women's legal center says Logan agreed to change its policies regarding absences created by medically necessary treatments during pregnancy and conduct mandatory faculty training under Title IX. The federal law prohibits sex discrimination in education.
Joplin moves forward with independent baseball
(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Joplin is a step closer to luring an independent professional baseball team from Texas.
The Joplin City Council voted Monday to have the city staff write a formal deal aimed at relocating the El Paso, Texas, Diablos to Joplin. That agreement could be presented next Monday if it is finished that quickly.
The Diablos are affiliated with the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
The Joplin Globe reports the city would be required to renovate and expand Joe Becker Stadium to attract the team. City Manager Mark Rohr says the city's proposed costs have been reduced from $5.9 million to $4 million because the team would pay to expand stadium parking.
The Diablos play in the same league as the Kansas City T-Bones and the Wichita Wingnuts.
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