Missouri News Headlines Wednesday September 22, 2021 | Regional

(Jefferson City, MO) – The first results of Missouri’s standardized tests from last school year show that the pandemic has contributed to the loss of learning in public schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Thousands of students have some catching up to do. About 45% of students in Missouri reached grade level in English, 35% in math, and 37% in science. Canton RV School District in Northeast Missouri discusses whether to use COVID-19 relief funding to provide more after-school learning and tutoring to bring children to the level they are at need. Teachers work there to determine which students need help the most and in which subjects they need improvement the most.

(Glenaire, MO) – An investigation reveals that three people found in a Clay County home two months ago have died of natural causes. According to MPs, Roger Wilfong, 66, his sister Mary, 67, and their mother Virginia King, 99, were all found sitting in the living room of the house. Investigators say the two women had serious health problems and could not get around without Roger Wilfong’s help. They believe he died from choking on food in June and that the women were unable to access food, water or their medicine.

(St. Louis, MO) – International climate change protests are scheduled for Friday, including in Missouri. Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and other protesters plan to rally for protests in cities around the world. The Missouri protest will be held in St. Louis on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in front of City Hall.

(Centerville, IA) – Authorities in southeast Iowa have arrested a Missouri man on suspicion of rape. Joshua Davis Pearson, 39, of Kirksville, was arrested shortly after 12:15 a.m. in rural Appanoose County on Tuesday. He had led law enforcement in a chase that spanned two counties before jumping from his van into a bean field and being arrested after a short foot chase. The pursuit began when Monroe County MPs attempted to conduct a traffic stop for an offense. Kirksville Police said Pearson sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl. He is being held in the Appanoose County Jail.

(Kansas City, MO) – Kansas City public schools are receiving outside help to deal with a severe shortage of bus drivers. Ride-KC is providing the district with the use of eight of its vans to help sports teams with their games and students with other activities. There is no special license required to drive the vans, so any parent, teacher or coach can bring students to their events. A spokesperson for the company said it was an “extraordinary time” and “we have to build on each other.”

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