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State Ed Board Wants More Counselors In Missouri Public Schools

The Missouri State Board of Education took steps Tuesday toward putting more counselors and support staff in the state’s public schools. Counselors in Missouri currently serve an average of 347 students, according to the American School Counselor Association. That’s under the state requirement of a ratio of one counselor per 400 students but significantly higher than its recommendation of a counselor serving 250 students each.

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The Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton is sending twice as many inmates to the hospital for medical emergencies as it did in previous years, according to health officials. 

That’s likely because more inmates are coming into jail with drug addictions, said Emily Doucette, acting co-director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Four in 10 inmates have withdrawal symptoms at their initial booking, said Doucette, whose department provides health care at the jail. 

Additionally, they increasingly have multiple substances, such as alcohol, tranquilizers and opioids, in their system, she said.

St. Louis aldermen have failed to act on Mayor Lyda Krewson's nominees to the Board of Freeholders, casting doubt on the city's ability to have a say in a process to revamp the way the region is governed.

A special meeting of the Board of Aldermen scheduled for Wednesday was canceled after Krewson and members of the Black Caucus failed to come to an agreement on the nominees. That means the city has missed a deadline set by the state constitution to approve its Freeholders members.

But blowing past that deadline may not actually mean much, thanks to a court ruling from the 1950s.

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The Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton is sending twice as many inmates to the hospital for medical emergencies as it did in previous years, according to health officials. 

That’s likely because more inmates are coming into jail with drug addictions, said Emily Doucette, acting co-director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Four in 10 inmates have withdrawal symptoms at their initial booking, said Doucette, whose department provides health care at the jail. 

Additionally, they increasingly have multiple substances, such as alcohol, tranquilizers and opioids, in their system, she said.

St. Louis aldermen have failed to act on Mayor Lyda Krewson's nominees to the Board of Freeholders, casting doubt on the city's ability to have a say in a process to revamp the way the region is governed.

A special meeting of the Board of Aldermen scheduled for Wednesday was canceled after Krewson and members of the Black Caucus failed to come to an agreement on the nominees. That means the city has missed a deadline set by the state constitution to approve its Freeholders members.

But blowing past that deadline may not actually mean much, thanks to a court ruling from the 1950s.

A Kansas City, Missouri, city council committee on Wednesday unanimously passed a measure that would wipe out a municipal violation for anyone caught with 35g or less of marijuana after 180 days.

What started as an ordinance sponsored by Third District Councilman Brandon Ellington to decriminalize up to 100 grams of marijuana was changed considerably and passed without a second public hearing, angering dozens of supporters who showed up to speak.

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Distracted Driving Campaign Comes to Columbia

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Members of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are teaming with other safety groups for a public discussion Tuesday in Columbia about the dangers of distracted driving.

Called the Missouri Roundtable of Distracted Driving: Act to End Deadly Distraction, the conversation will include the National Transportation Safety Board, the Missouri Department of Transportation, the University of Missouri and StopDistractions.org. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Stotler Lounge at Memorial Union, 518 Hitt St.

Ruffin Won't Seek Another City Council Term

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First Ward Councilman Clyde Ruffin doesn’t plan to seek reelection to a third term in April.

Ruffin, who was first elected in 2015, said he wants to focus on other projects, but he wouldn’t elaborate on what those might be.

“I want to continue to do good work in the community but also spend more time with family and get back to a manageable schedule,” he said.

Ruffin, who is pastor at Second Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs board of directors, said serving on the council has given him a greater appreciation of the First Ward.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police sergeant has testified that he was told to "tone down his gayness" to secure a promotion to lieutenant.

Keith Wildhaber testified at trial Tuesday that former St. Louis County Police Board of Commissioners member John Saracino issued the guidance in 2014.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from Wisconsin, burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, investigators said.

Garland Nelson, 25, of Braymer, is also charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse, two counts of tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution, two counts of armed criminal action, tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to documents filed in Caldwell County, Missouri.