Teachers strike averted
An 11th-hour agreement between the Alton School District and the Alton Education Association appears to have stopped a looming strike that could have proven devastating for the district, employees and students.
Following the AEA’s rejection of the district’s latest proposal on Oct. 27, it filed a 10-day intent to strike. On Nov. 5, the two sides met yet again, and a counterproposal provided by the union was accepted by the district.
That counterproposal eliminated employee contributions to health insurance.
Once finalized by the AEA, the Board of Education will ratify the agreement during its Nov. 17 board meeting.
Baby left in car while mother gambled
A 6-month-old baby was rescued from a vehicle in the Argosy Casino Alton parking lot on Nov. 8, while the mother was gambling inside the casino.
A witness heard the girl, who was placed in protective custody, crying and squeezed an arm through a partially open window to rescue the child.
Timeka Coleman-Jones, 28, of St. Ann, Mo., was arrested and is facing a misdemeanor charge of child abandonment.
Police say the baby was left unattended for approximately 30 minutes.
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