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Memorial Day Good Turn at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Unidentified participants in the annual 'Memorial Day Good Turn' placed flags on the graves of veterans at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. file photo

Memorial Day Good Turn at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 22, 2014 - On Sunday, May 25, 2014 hundreds of families will join over 3,500 Gravois Trail District Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Girl Scout units and American Heritage Girls for the 65th annual Memorial Day Good Turn at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

All participants will join in the Solemn Procession which assembles on the National Guard Base, just east of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony honoring all veterans interred at the cemetery includes lowering the American Flag to half-staff while Taps is played. The John Ford Bag Pipers are scheduled to play "Amazing Grace." Following the ceremony, over 140,000 miniature American flags will be placed on the graves of veterans.

The annual Memorial Day Service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, is scheduled for Monday, May 26, beginning at 10 a.m. with a parade from the administration building/chapel area to the reviewing stand and then to main flagpole, about half mile total.

The parade, speakers, and music program take about 2 hours. Participants then proceed to the Civil War cemetery area where a Union Civil War ceremony will be held with an artillery salute, followed by a Confederate ceremony.

Visitors can park at Sylvan Springs Park, 300 Halsey St., directly in front of the cemetery's main entrance. Parking is also available at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center at Beasley School, 3131 Koch Road. Buses will be used to transport to and from parking lots. For more information, call Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at 314-845-8320.

Declining Gaming Revenue Cuts $35.1 Million from Education Funding
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 21, 2014 - Revenues from lottery and riverboat gaming have continued their steep decline, resulting in an additional estimated shortfall of $35.1 million for the current 2014 Fiscal Year which ends June 30.

These revenue sources are exclusively dedicated to education per Missouri law, and their decrease will directly affect school funding in these final weeks of the fiscal and academic year.

"Funding shortfalls from sources dedicated for education require that I take the appropriate action to keep our state on a fiscally responsible path that reflects our commitment to Missouri's students," Governor Jay Nixon said in a response.

Gov. Nixon's Fiscal Year 2014 supplemental budget request included $44 million in general revenue to make up for shortages from riverboat gaming, lottery and other sources dedicated to education. Even though the Governor and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering repeatedly communicated with members of the House and Senate about the need to include this funding, the supplemental budget passed included only $22 million. The resulting $22 million shortfall was allocated in April.

Since then, revenue from lottery and riverboat gaming funds have continued to decline, resulting in an even larger than anticipated shortfall for the current fiscal year. The Governor announced that he would allocate the additional funding shortfall in the following manner: $10.5 million from four-year higher education institutions and $24.6 million from the K-12 foundation formula.

In light of this accelerating trend, the Governor's Fiscal Year 2015 budget adjusted expectations for these revenue sources. However, the General Assembly's Fiscal Year 2015 budget failed to account for this trend and anticipated an additional $15 million from riverboat gaming above the Governor's recommendation.

"We will continue to monitor these funding sources for the upcoming 2015 Fiscal Year," Gov. Nixon said. "We remain concerned about the legislature's optimistic riverboat gaming revenue assumptions, assumptions which ignore trends and place schools at continued risk."

Chesterfield Arts Moving to Taubman Prestige Outlets
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 18, 2014 - Chesterfield Arts, a "for-purpose" arts agency, will relocate to a new space in Taubman Prestige Outlets, 17017 N. Outer 40 Road, by June 1.

To prepare for the move, Chesterfield Arts will hold a moving sale May 19-23 at its current location, 444 Chesterfield Center. Open to the public, the sale will include art supplies and tools, ribbon, yarn and fabrics, silk flowers, some office-style furniture, paintings, ceramics, art and poetry books, office supplies and more. Check or cash only will be accepted. Sale hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Chesterfield Arts' relocation comes as its current building, managed by Sachs Properties, will be used for other purposes, which are unknown at this time.

"Sachs Properties is a valued supporter of Chesterfield Arts," said Executive Director Stacey Morse. "They have been very generous in providing space for our arts education, programs and gallery for more than 10 years."

Chesterfield Arts' new home, a 4,000-square-foot facility and former retail space at Taubman Prestige Outlets (across from Brooks Brothers), will accommodate offices and educational areas for the agency's upcoming Summer Art Camps and Classes (June 2-Aug. 20.)

"We're excited to provide our patrons, instructors and students with an exciting place in which to experience the arts, dining and shopping all in one convenient location," Morse said.

The organization will continue to showcase the work of local and regional professional artists in free public exhibits at the Sachs Branch of St. Louis County Library and at the Sept. 19-21 Budweiser Taste of St. Louis now located at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.

Controlling "Robocalls" Is Easy - Just Hang Up
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 18, 2014 - It's happened to us all. The phone rings. It's a strange number. But you pick it up and sure enough, it's a recording. A robocall.

The majority of robocalls are designed to accomplish certain tasks, some of them legal or legitimate - airlines call you with flight changes or cancellation or your child's school calls notifying you of an early dismissal.

Things get trickier, though, when the robocalls are trying to sell you something. New laws now prohibit recorded sales pitches, unless you have given prior permission in writing. Most robocall originators, however, ignore these laws and rely on rapidly changing technology to protect them from law enforcement.

What's worse, some of the calls do have nefarious deeds driving them. People may be trying to collect your information to scam you or steal your identity.

When you receive a robocall, your phone may display the word "Unknown." More likely, it will display a "spoofed" number. These numbers are outright fakes, stolen from legitimate sources. Dozens of spoofed numbers can be used in a single robocall campaign.

Usually, you are not being personally targeted. While lists of actual phone numbers are sometimes used, most often a sequence of numbers is programmed so that the computer dials a certain number of calls within selected area codes. Often, the scammers do not know who owns the called number, whether or not they are on the "do not call" registry, or even if the number is actually in operation.

The call is made by an automatic voice system and the robocall cannot identify you or determine anything about you unless you respond by voice or by pressing a number. The best way to get rid of the call is to hang up without responding, but only after you write down the number that called you. If you let the robocaller know there is a live person on the line, your number could be sold or otherwise distributed to other scammers, leading to even more calls.

In order to protect yourself against robocallers, remember the following:

  • Keep a pad and pen next to the phone. Record each robocall from your caller ID. Get the time, date and number. Even though most caller ID numbers are spoofed, report them to, or call 1-888-382-1222 toll free.
  • Never respond to a robocall by voice or by pressing a number, even if the caller claims this will stop future calls. Never speak to the robocaller even if he or she addresses you by name or seems to be offering a product or service you might want or need. Once you let the robocaller know there is a live person at that number, the number will be sold or otherwise distributed to other scammers.
  • Block robocall numbers. You can block numbers from which you receive robocalls, but remember that most of these numbers are spoofed, and change frequently. Therefore, do not attempt to block these numbers if your phone carrier charges for this service.
  • Go to for a possible free alternative to blocking numbers. Some, but not all phone service providers use this service to block robocalls at no charge to the phone subscriber.
The Circuit Attorney's Fraud Prevention Task Force aims to give St. Louisans the tools and education to protect themselves against fraud, theft and scams. If you believe you have been targeted by a scam, want more information on how to protect yourself from fraud, or would like to request a fraud prevention seminar for your organizations, neighborhood or office, call the hotline at 314-612-1412.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just hang up. It really works!

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