A St. Louis elementary school principal has been charged with failing to report child abuse allegations. Patrick Henry Elementary School Principal Lloyd Washington surrendered to police Thursday. He was released on his promise to appear in court. Washington is accused of failing to call the state Division of Family Services after one of his teachers alleged that school counselor James Beine had fondled young boys during the 2000-2001 school year. Beine is the former priest who worked as a counselor in the St. Louis Public Schools from 1991 until this Spring. He was fired after the district learned theArchdiocese of St. Louis had paid 110-Thousand dollars in the 1990s to two men who alleged that Beine molested them 30 years ago. Prosecutors say Washington is required to report such allegations.
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The Boeing Corporation in St. Louis will be keeping an eye on budget negotiations in Washington. The US House of Representatives has approved a $355-Billion defense budget. The Senate has approved a $393-Billion defense bill. The difference could prove crucial for St. Louis. The House version calls for 44 F/A-18 Super Hornets for the Navy. The Senate version adds four more. Each plane costs $50-Million and are built in St. Louis by about 5,000 Boeing workers.
Medical professionals in St. Louis report a dramatic increase in the number of people inquiring about and getting heart check-ups. Cardiologist Douglas Miller, a professor of internal medicine at St. Louis University, reports a fivefold to tenfold increase this week in thenumber of callers asking about heart problems. The number of people coming to Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town and Country has more than doubled. Officials say concern has risen in St. Louis following the deaths of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile as well as traffic helicopter pilot Rich Barklage, both from heart ailments.
Missouri school officials could soon institute new drug testing policies for their students. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that schools have the right to conduct random drug tests on students involved in extracurricular activities. Brent Ghan of the Missouri School Boards’Association says the number of school districts conducting tests could rise from the current half dozen which are testing students involved in athletics. A previous U.S. High Court ruling allowed schools to conduct random drug tests of student athletes.
A Republican leader who stood against Governor Bob Holden’s request to use the Rainy Day Fund at the end of the legislative session says it’s time for the Governor to release hundreds of millions in withholdings. Governor Holden announced $230-Million in withholdings after House Republicans refused him access to the Rainy Day Fund. He since has announced the state should end the fiscal year Sunday with a $300-Million balance. House Republican Leader Catherine Hanaway disagrees with Holden that the state needs that money to maintain cash flow. She urges him to restore the $20-Million nursing home cut and the 83-Million dollar cut to state colleges. She won’t claim vindication in light of a brighter fiscal picture.
Paul Byrd notched his 10th win of the year with a 5-2 win over the Tigers. Byrd went 6 1/3 innings allowing just one run. Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Royals 2-0 lead, they never looked back. Roberto Hernandez notched his 13th save of the year, and his third in as many days. The win completed a sweep of the Tigers. The Royals welcome the Padres to town this weekend.
The Redbirds lead the Brewers 2-0 in the ninth, but Jason Isringhausen served up a 2-run homer to Paul Bako, which tied the game. In the 11th inning, Milwaukee scored five runs, to win it 7-2. Isringhausen’s slip up prevented Bud Smith from getting his first win of the year. Smith went five innings allowing no runs. He got the no decision. With the loss the Cardinals lead in the NL Central dropped to a single game over the Reds, who visit St. Louis this weekend. Cincinati topped the Cubs 5-4 last night.
During yesterday’s game against the Brewers, Cardinal team physician Dr. George Paletta told reporters that he didn’t know about Kile’s family history of heart disease until it was reported in the media. He said that players have to fill out forms that require them to divulge that information. Paletta said nothing on Kile’s forms with the Cardinals, Rockies, or Astros indicated a history of heart problems in Kile’s family.
One of Missouri’s U.S. Senate candidates is doing more than just venting his anger over a court ruling which finds the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. Former St. Louis area Congressman Jim Talent has launched a “Protect the Pledge” online petition on his website – talentforsenate.com – and is asking visitors to sign the petition. Talent plans to deliver the petitions to President Bush.
Governor Bob Holden has signed into law legislation that caps the amount of interest that can be charged to consumers by payday loan companies. Support among state officials is not unanimous. Attorney General Jay Nixon had called on the Governor to veto the bill, saying lenders would be protected from consumer protection laws and could charge borrowers an annual percentage rate of up to 1,950 percent on loans.