Nevada, MO – The Missouri National Guard is shutting down a boot camp that has served more than 800 high school dropouts in the past four years. Officials say the state's budget crunch is to blame, even though 60% of the program's budget is federal money.
The 22-week Show-Me Challenge program has been at Camp Clark in the western Missouri town of Nevada since 1998. Dropouts study for their GED while learning skills in a military-style atmosphere.
St. Louis, MO – When the clock struck 12 on New Year's Day, it also meant every bag at every U-S airport had to be inspected. Screeners at St. Louis Lambert Airport, though, beat that deadline by a couple days. They started inspecting all bags on Monday.
Bill Switzer, who runs Lambert's security, says passengers who showed up at the airport this week found a slightly new routine to getting on a plane.
St. Louis, MO – The New Year's Eve "First Night" party returns to St. Louis tomorrow night, but many communities are cutting back or canceling festivities due to tight budgets and sparse giving.
First Night parties, family-oriented festivities that emphasize the arts, will be held in 139 cities this year, 21 fewer than last year.
But First Night returns to St. Louis, where dancers can tango, disco or swing until a midnight fireworks show. Kelly Webber, the event's executive director, says fund-raising was a, quote, "challenge."