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A southern Illinois man is accused in U.S. District Court of threatening the life of a federal judge in Chicago.

Missouri colleges and universities would have free rein to increase student tuition under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

Missouri's only abortion provider says it is performing fewer abortions because state restrictions are prompting many women to drive to a nearby clinic in Illinois.

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A southeastern Illinois House Republican collapsed during a session of the General Assembly over the weekend.

Freshman U.S. Representative Mary Miller of Illinois quoted Adolf Hitler in a speech outside the Capitol, comments that drew swift criticism from fellow Republicans.

Miller, who was elected in November to replace Republican John Shimkus, spoke Wednesday during demonstrations by supporters of President Donald Trump.

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WASHINGTON – Angry supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power. They have forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace but did not call on his supporters to leave. Earlier, in a huge rally near the White House, the president had egged his supporters on to march to Capitol Hill.

Illinois state officials are reminding local governments of a December 1 deadline to submit applications for federal relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor J-B Pritzker says he encourages communities -- no matter how small -- to take advantage of the Local CURE funds, which Congress approved in its COVID-19 relief package last spring.

NPR Illinois

A central Illinois man who pleaded guilty to making a threat against Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling.

St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Mike Parson says Missouri's hospitals are struggling to cope with rising COVID-19 cases.

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The Shawnee National Forest has temporarily closed a popular lookout tower because of a large hole in the fence around the platform.

The Forest Service plans to fix it as soon as possible.

Missouri Health officials say a “database extract error” resulted in an incorrect inflation of the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the Show Me State going back over several days.

Illinois State Library Heritage Project

When Paul Powell, a political legend in southern Illinois, died unexpectedly, he left behind a stunning secret: $800,000 in unexplained cash.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Police say two people from Texas have been arrested in Saline County in connection with a death this week in Tennessee.

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An Evansville man has been arrested in the 2014 killing of a 15-year-old Illinois girl whose body was found nearly three years ago in a shallow grave in southeastern Illinois.

Officials say more public input is being sought on plans to construct a new Ohio River bridge that would connect Cairo and Wickliffe, Kentucky.


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office says four of his staff members tested positive for COVID-19.


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he has been cleared to return to the office after battling COVID-19.

A judge has rejected an effort by parents to put Illinois high school athletes back on the playing field, saying the Illinois High School Association is within its rights to delay sports for safety reasons.

MacMurray College

MacMurray College in central Illinois will put its real estate up for auction in November as it prepares to close at the end of the spring session following 174 years of operation.


A statue of a 19th century senator from Illinois who owned slaves and was a longtime nemesis of Abraham Lincoln has been moved from the Illinois Capitol’s lawn into storage.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear face coverings, has tested positive for COVID-19.

His office confirmed the positive test Wednesday. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa, tested positive earlier Wednesday.

More than 7,000 college-age people in Missouri have tested positive for COVID-19 since colleges and universities opened for the fall semester, fueling spikes in cases in college towns across the state.

A new county-by-county rating of COVID-19 risk that Indiana health officials say is aimed at helping school districts decide whether to keep students in classrooms is being met with reticence from some school leaders.

Missouri has paid a consulting firm 522-thousand dollars in federal funds designed for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.

Additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be implemented in the Metro East as the area shows a seven-day positivity rate of 9.6% as a result of COVID-19 testing.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Board is extending its Face-Covering Order until September 22 for businesses and residents of the County.

A group of current and former employees of the Illinois Department of Transportation are accusing the agency of a history of systemic racism, particularly in its operations in southern Illinois.


The Ohio River bridge that connects Cairo and Wickliffe, Kentucky will re-open this week, five days ahead of schedule.

The Illinois Supreme Court has declined to consider a downstate legal battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19-related orders and moved the case to Sangamon County. It'll be consolidated with a similar case.

The move comes as the first-term Democrat was expected in a Clay County courtroom this week.

Authorities say one person from southern Illinois was killed and four others were wounded in a weekend shooting in western Kentucky.