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  • Truck left to son stolen from Imperial body shop

    IMPERIAL, MO – A Jefferson County family already in pain, now has to deal with another blow.  In March 2017, Steve Welker passed away leaving behind a wife and twin 16-year-olds. His son Cole Welker was left his father’s Dodge Ram pick-up truck. This past weekend the family took the truck to a body shop in Imperial Missouri for an estimate to repair some damage on the vehicle. Sometime over the weekend the pick=up was stolen off Zieglers Automotive lot. […]

  • Sunset Hills homeowner stunned to see masked intruder in her home

    SUNSET HILLS, Mo. – Residents of a Sunset Hills subdivision are on edge after a woman found a masked man in her kitchen in the middle of the night Monday. The Sunset Hills Police Department has been investigating the incident as a first-degree burglary. Sgt. Robbie Hagen said her department was just as shocked to hear where the crime occurred as residents were. Kay Holden-Reid and her family hit a “hole-in-one” when they bought their house on Caddyshack Circle in […]

  • Arnold standoff ends Monday evening with an arrest

    ARNOLD, Mo. – Jefferson County authorities took a man into custody Monday night after a more than 13-hour standoff. The standoff began around 7 a.m. and ended just after 8 p.m. Authorities said the suspect was taken into custody alive, but would offer no further details until Tuesday. FBI agents came to serve a search warrant at a duplex near the intersection of West Highview Drive and Londell Road and discovered the man was armed. Soon officers from the Jefferson […]

  • Black Caucus legislators call for change following Stockley verdict

    ST. LOUIS – Members of the black caucus in the Missouri legislature are joining demonstrators on the streets to rail against a system they believe fails to hold some officers accountable in deadly shootings. Since the unrest in Ferguson three years ago, many local lawmakers have asked the state to review the law that justifies deadly force in Missouri. It is considered by judges and read aloud to juries in the courtroom before they make a decision in an officer-involved […]

  • Illinois education bill passes state legislature

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –  Illinois lawmakers have likely ended the state’s school funding crisis after the Senate passed a compromise education funding plan on a 38-13 vote Tuesday. Almost every senator who spoke on the floor used the word “compromise” to describe the deal. All senators voting in favor of the legislation admitted they would have to vote for several provisions they did not like to bring the funding fight to an end. The state has missed all of its aid payments to […]

  • Illinois school funding still in limbo

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois school funding fight will likely drag on for another week.  House members came back to work today, but did not try to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of a school funding makeover known as Senate Bill 1. The senate overrode that veto on Sunday. But an override in the house requires a three-fifths majority vote. It’s unclear whether there are enough republicans willing to vote with the democrats.

  • Winning million-dollar Powerball ticket sold in Raymond, Illinois

    RAYMOND, Ill. – The Illinois Lottery announced that a gas station in a small central Illinois town sold a $1 million Powerball ticket over the weekend. The purchaser of a ticket at the West End Food Mart matched 5 of the 6 numbers in Saturday’s drawing, missing only the Powerball. Lottery officials said the Land of Lincoln’s newest millionaire has yet to come forward. In Raymond, population 950, it seems there is about a 1 in a 1,000 chance somebody in […]

  • Dozens of dogs taken from hoarder in southwest Missouri

    ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Humane Society is now taking care of more than two dozen dogs found in a hoarder’s house in Newton County, Missouri. Officials say it’s some of the worst abuse they’ve ever seen. The Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force is based in St. Louis, but it does work all across the state. The dogs, 20 adults and 6 puppies, had a long ride from Seneca, Missouri which is on the Oklahoma state line near Joplin. […]

  • Express Scripts and Operation Food Search team to get children ready for school

    FERGUSON – Most back-to-school events in St. Louis this week focus on filling backpacks, but an event in Ferguson Monday was all about filling stomachs. Rep. Cora Faith Walker, D-Ferguson, teamed up with Express Scripts, Operation Food Search and other local non-profits for a “pop-up” food pantry. The event was held at the Emerson Family YMCA. “As kids get ready to go back let’s make sure they have full bellies along with their full backpacks so they can really be ready […]

  • School funding bill reached Gov. Rauner’s desk

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner promised “swift action” after lawmakers met a deadline to get a school funding plan on his desk Monday. Without a plan in place, the state cannot pay local districts that are expected to start classes in a few weeks. When Illinois lawmakers reached a budget agreement weeks ago, funding for schools was tied to passing a new school funding plan. The plan, Senate Bill 1, is a complete re-write of how the state […]

  • Illinois lawmakers struggling to fund schools for the fall

    SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Illinois lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday to battle another crisis. In the second special session of this summer, lawmakers are trying to ensure schools will be able to open on time. When lawmakers reached a budget agreement to end a two-year impasse a few weeks ago, it made school funding for the year contingent upon passing an education funding bill known as Senate Bill 1. The bill re-writes the formula for distributing money to schools, using an “evidence-based” method. SB 1 has […]

  • Missouri Senate sends governor new abortion regulations

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Senate passed new abortion restrictions Tuesday, bringing a week’s long special session to an end. Gov. Eric Greitens had called the special session back in June after a federal judge threw out some Missouri abortion restrictions in April. The Senate’s Republican majority ended a filibuster by Democrats and sent Senate Bill 5 to Gov. Eric Greitens desk. The measure had not been debated for weeks as lawmakers tended to their regular work back in […]