JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A recent decline in Missouri's casino revenues is raising questions among lawmakers about the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling to fund key programs. Attendance at Missouri's 13 casinos is down almost 9 percent from last year. The House has approved an additional $22 million for public schools because of the funding shortfall.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 28-foot-long mural that graced St. Louis Union Station starting in the 1940s was thought to be lost. It turns out it was just hiding. The Post-Dispatch reports that the mural "Commerce on the Landing" was painted by Chicago artist Louis Grell and mounted over the station's ticket counter in 1942. About a month ago, workers involved in the $66 million renovation of Union Station and its hotel found the mural behind a false wall near Grand Hall.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A marathon spelling bee finally has a conclusion - after nearly 100 rounds and two weeks of anticipation. A seventh-grader and fifth-grader exhausted the Jackson County spelling bee's initial word list February 22nd, forcing another day of competition. On Saturday, the seventh-grader was declared the winner after his opponent stumbled on "stifling" in the 28th round.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The second semifinal of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament began Saturday with both shot clocks turned off. One of the clocks has shorted out the last two days. There was a short delay in the opening minute of a quarterfinal game between Illinois State and Missouri State on Friday.
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