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EXAM: Frederick Douglass High School Breaks Stereotypes of Alternative Schools

In the past, alternative schools have been associated with their negative reputations. It’s typically understood as the place where the “bad kids” go. However, from the outside looking in, Frederick Douglass High School looks like the average school. But the reality is Douglass is not a typical school. It’s an alternative school. However, the school’s non-traditional approach to student learning started to catch wind. Douglass has broken down the barrier of stereotypes with the help of a cooking class and a teacher.
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  The city of Hermann is suing state utility groups over the costs of electricity from a southern Illinois coal plant.

Mayor Tom Shabel says the costs are much higher than promised when the Prairie State Energy Campus was marketed to smaller towns across the Midwest. He says the city lost close to $1 million last year, causing economic damage to the town of 2,500.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the city this month sued the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission and the Missouri Public Energy Pool, which buy power for municipalities around the state.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said his state’s new “religious freedom” law could use some clarification, but blames the media for what he considers a misunderstanding of it. Is it misunderstood or is it legalized discrimination, and how did news coverage drive perceptions? Meanwhile, several cities, states, and corporations have issued travel bans and called for boycotts.

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  Fulton Public Schools has changed the principal of Fulton Middle School after the district self-reported federal privacy law violations on Monday.

The school district confirmed Christopher Crane is no longer at the school.

The district informed the US Department of Education of the violations that occurred on March 20 when gym teachers asked students a series of identifying questions as part of an exercise called “Claim It.” During the exercise, students were asked to step forward if an identifying detail applied to them.

Some of the questions were about sensitive topics included sexual behavior, mental or psychological problems, and religion. According to federal law, these questions require a parent’s consent before a student is required to answer them.

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  Despite concerns from Republican lawmakers about Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's withholding money from programs this year, most of his 2015 supplemental budget request is moving forward.

A Missouri House panel on Tuesday approved additional spending for 2015, including $120 million in general funds.

Republican lawmakers have previously criticized the request while the governor's office continues to withhold about $451 million from other priorities this year.

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  The note left by the Missouri auditor's spokesman before his apparent suicide said "I just can't take being unemployed again."

Jefferson City Police Capt. Doug Shoemaker said Tuesday that the note from Spence Jackson was dated March 27.

Shoemaker also said Jackson died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Jackson was found dead Sunday in his Jefferson City apartment.

A controversial law in Indiana has made its way into the 2016 presidential race. Supporters praise the Religious Freedom Restoration Act's for protecting religious convictions, but the law has drawn wide criticism from those who say it allows businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian patrons.

The ADA Legacy Tour Visits Mid-MO

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The American Disability Act Legacy Tour stopped in Columbia on Monday. The bus stopped at Activity and Recreation Center at University of Missouri at 9 a.m. before it moved to the Speaker’s Circle at 12:30 p.m.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes PAT RILEY, Moberly Area Community College, and MACC student, STEPHANIE HERMAN. If you're a high school junior or senior, a job-seeker, or in need of a new career in mid-Missouri, you won't want to miss this job expo happening Wednesday, April 8th. Did I mention free pizza and door prizes? Watch for details! March 31, 2015

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