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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 5:00pm

BELLERIVE ACRES • The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously approved a new board chair Friday morning during its meeting on the St. Louis campus.

Maurice "Marcy" Graham, a Clayton resident and president of the law firm Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., will lead the board during 2017.

Graham is a Central Methodist University and Mizzou alumnus. He was appointed to the board in 2015 by Gov. Jay Nixon and approved earlier this year by the Missouri Senate.

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 1:03am

A dozen drinking fountains and sinks at 10 St. Louis Public School campuses are so contaminated with lead that they are being removed permanently from service.

Eight drinking fountains also have failed the district’s test for lead for the second or third time, Roger CayCe, the district’s deputy superintendent of operations, said at the district’s special administrative board meeting Thursday.

Those fountains are at Clay Elementary, Fanning Middle, Gateway Middle, Henry Elementary and Meramec Elementary schools, he said.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:33pm

ST. LOUIS • From a new diversity class for all employees at St. Louis Community College to requiring bias training for hiring managers at the University of Missouri System, both schools issued separate reports this week highlighting accomplishments and goals to make the respective schools more inclusive to all.

St. Louis Community College issued its "Diversity Action Plan" Tuesday, breaking down a laundry list of areas where the campus can make improvements.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 1:52am

It’s normal for Chris Holmes to tear up when he teaches at Miriam Academy. He does so because he sees his 23-year-old autistic son in the faces of his students.

“It was ... challenging to raise him. My gosh, it was so hard,” Holmes said. “And he needed a place like this. And it didn’t exist.”

He could find no school that would teach his son the way he needed to be taught, or had the patience to not give up on him. His son struggled, lost all confidence in his abilities and did no school work from sixth grade to graduation.

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