Monday, August 20, 2012
Manchester City Attorney Patrick Gunn and his family were featured in a recent SLU law school article. Read the article in full here.
Manchester City Attorney Patrick Gunn and his family were featured in a recent St. Louis University School of Law article. In 2011, Gunn was recognized by the City of Manchester for 30 years of service with the city. He began serving as the city attorney April 1, 1976. He also practices privately at the family owned Gunn and Gunn law firm of which his a partner. Gunn tells Town and Country - Manchester Patch that he is honored to have been featured in the article. The article says 16 members of the Gunn family are SLU alumni and takes a closer look at the generations of attorneys who have studied at SLU's law school. Read the article in full above and learn more about the Gunn family history.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Town and Country no longer categorizes pitbulls as "vicious" dogs. In fact, the city completely removed its vicious dog ordinance Monday night.
Town and Country aldermen unanimously voted Monday to completely remove the city's vicious dog ordinance from city code. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) By removing the city's ordinance, Town and Country is now covered by St. Louis County's "vicious dog ordinance" which categorizes dogs as "vicious" based on their behavior alone. The county's ordinance does not deem any specific breed as vicious. Prior to Monday night's vote, Town and Country's ordinance did deem pitbulls as a "vicious" dog and, as previously reported by Patch, it was a city code many felt was unfair and outdated. The ordinance came under review when it became an issue between two neighbors, one who had a dog, a mutt, that may …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
According to one organization, a child can die from heat stroke on a 72-degree day if left unattended in a car.
Each summer, the same old story comes up—irresponsible parents and pet owners leaving their children or pets in the car during times of extreme heat. The result can be devestating. According to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, more than 500 children have died because of being left in a hot car since 1998—11 have been reported thus far in 2012. Most of the time, parents or pet owners tragically forget about their kids or pets. But the incident rarely finds sympathy amongst the public. According to SafeKids.org, a child can die from heat stroke on a 72-degree day. That's because their bodies aren’t the same as adults and a child’s body can heat up five times faster than an adult’s. And according to the Weather…
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Governor Jay Nixon signs repeals to the Missouri school social networking law, but says even the revised version has flaws. The law no longer prohibits teachers and students from communicating through some social networking outlets.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 1, which repeals a portion a state school social networking law passed, Senate Bill 54, by the General Assembly this spring. In August, Patch reported on the controversy and confusion surrounding Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. It is sponsored by former Ladue school board member and Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) and designed to protect students. The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) sued the state over ths social network portions of Senate Bill 54, claiming it was too vague. MSTA was awarded an injunction on Aug. 26, just two days before the new law was to take effect. Friday, that lawsuit and injunction are still in …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The MSHSAA is now outlining the regulations and procedures with the new state law regarding sports-related concussions.
Dan Lohse remembers the instant and massive headache. The football was overthrown to the Vianney senior wide receiver from High Ridge, but a helmet-to-helmet collision still occurred with a cornerback early this season. “I actually played the rest of the game,” Lohse said. “At first, I didn’t think anything of it, but when it became the fourth quarter and I had the same headache, I knew something was wrong.” Lohse's injury is among the estimated 300,000 sport-related brain injuries that occur annually in America according to the Brain Injury Resource Center. This summer, Missouri lawmakers made the Show-Me State one of 30 with a law aimed at protecting youth athletes from further brain injuries by returning to play too soon. (*Note: This…
Governor Nixon calls on lawmakers to pass an economic development package or go home.
Politics often gets described in metaphorical strategy akin to sporting events. If someone were to take a look at the status of the Special Session of the Missouri Legislature, they might describe parties involved as "getting chippy". Three weeks after the session started, one piece of legislation, a fix to the so-called "Facebook" law regarding teacher and student communication has been passed, even though some might argue the actual bill itself is outside the scope of what Governor Jay Nixon added to his call for the session. Another bill, which could boost the high tech sector in Creve Coeur, has also been passed, but is now tied to the fate of legislation seen as the main foundation for the session itself, an economic development bill …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Governor's office says bill will be "reviewed closely."
Although Governor Jay Nixon is not indicating whether he'll sign a revised social networking bill this week, the bill is now on his desk awaiting his approval. As previously reported by Town and Country-Manchester Patch, revisions to the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act had been making their way through the General Assembly all last week. Friday the revised bill finally made it's way through the house and senate and is now on Governor Jay Nixon's desk. Last month, Town and Country-Manchester Patch reported on the controversy and confusion surrounding Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. It is sponsored by former Ladue school board member and Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) and …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
After an injunction stops a new Missouri social networking law from taking effect, the revised version, Senate Bill 1, is making its way through the legislature during this special session.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
UPDATED: 12:45 p.m. Wednesday - The office of Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-MO, told Patch Senate Bill 1 had its third reading Wednesday in the Missouri Senate and was voted on and passed 33-0. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives. READ ORIGINAL STORY: Last month Town and Country - Manchester Patch reported on the controversy and confusion surrounding Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. It is sponsored by former Ladue school board member and Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and designed to protect students. According to the law, a teacher cannot send an email, text message, or have any private interaction with a student, unless both school administrators and the student’s …
Monday, September 12, 2011
As school gets underway in Creve Coeur and around the state, class is in session for a debate of the role of social media and email in education.
Missouri’s students are in new classrooms for a new academic year. Meanwhile, many of their teachers have a lot more than lesson plans and grades to consider. Near the end of August, the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) sued the state over a new Missouri social network law that prevents students and teachers from having electronic conversations that cannot be accessed by school administrators and parents. As Town and Country-Manchester Patch reported, “this also means (students and teachers) cannot be friends on Facebook.” Talk about a real civics lesson in the virtual life. Adding Up the Arguments Many Missouri teachers say connecting with their pupils via Facebook and email is an important part of reaching today’s students …
Friday, August 19, 2011
The Missouri State Teachers Association is suing the state over a new Missouri social network law that takes effect Aug. 28.
CORRECTION: "Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster are defendants in the lawsuit. Town and Country-Manchester Patch originally reported otherwise. We regret the error." The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) is suing the state over a new Missouri social network law that prevents students and teachers from having conversations that cannot be accessed by school administrators and parents. This also means they cannot be friends on Facebook, something many teachers and students told Patch they disagree with because it's a common method of communication between the two parties these days. Read Previous Story: Parkway Teacher Says New Facebook Law Goes Too Far Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act…