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Legislation adding money to foundation formula takes it away from south county

Pictured above: Mehlville’s John Cary Early Childhood students Emma Kitchell and Yaneli Juarez-Carrillo check out their playground the first week at school in August 2018. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Legislation that would add money to Missouri’s foundation formula for public schools is being considered by the Legislature, but even with extra money spent

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Federal judge dismisses Friendship Village discrimination lawsuit

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit last week against Friendship Village filed by a married lesbian couple who alleged that they were discriminated against when the retirement community declined to let them move in. U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton ruled that the federal Fair Housing Act does not

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Crestwood looks to host medical marijuana sites

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Medical marijuana may soon be setting up shop in Crestwood after Missouri voters legalized it in the November 2018 election. Amendment 2 was passed by nearly 66 percent of Missouri voters and gives the Department of Health and Senior Services authority on how to regulate operations and growing facilities,

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Sunset Hills allows Jimmy John’s construction to move forward

Pictured above: The skeleton of the would-be Jimmy John’s on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018. Construction began at the site at 3751 S. Lindbergh Blvd. over a year ago but little progress has been made since. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The new Jimmy John’s in Sunset Hills has a second chance

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Sunset Hills reading of bills will stay the same

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The number of times a bill is heard at the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen will stay the same after aldermen rejected legislation that would amend procedures for a second reading of a bill at the same meeting. Bill No. 41, introduced at the Dec. 11 Board of Aldermen

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Gregory looks back as 2019 session kicks off

Pictured above: Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, speaks to the Tesson Ferry Republican Club last summer about what happened in the last legislative session in Jefferson City. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Erin Achenbach  Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Rep. David Gregory is not surprised but is “honored” that he will be returning to Jefferson City this

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Mehlville saves $1.8 million in COP refinancing

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Mehlville School District taxpayers will save more than $1.8 million over the next decade after the district voted to refinance bond-like certificates. Both the Mehlville School District’s Public Facilities Authority Board of Directors and the Finance Committee explored multiple options of how to repay the 2009 series of certificates

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Sunset Hills backing off new park restrooms

By Erin Achenbach  Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Sunset Hills is tentatively scrapping a proposal for a bathroom facility and parking spaces on the Nancy Eschbach Forest River Trail after multiple residents voiced their concerns with the city’s proposal. Discussion on the proposed bathroom and parking spaces dominated much of the public comment at the November Board

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