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160-Pound Python Killed in Rural Missouri Neighborhood

JONESBURG, Mo. (AP) - A resident of a Missouri neighborhood where a nearly 15-foot-long Burmese python was roaming for days has killed the snake. Read more »

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Surgeon Who Helped Pioneer Key CPR Technique Dies at 87

MIAMI (AP) - Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87. Read More »

Whirlpool Recalls 40,000 Jenn-Air Ovens Due to Burn Risk

NEW YORK (AP) — Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of its Jenn-Air brand ovens after customers reported burns due to faulty oven racks. Read More »

Rauner Signs Bill to Allow Hiring Preference for Veterans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Private employers in Illinois can now give preference to veterans when hiring new workers. Read More »

Judge Rejects Claim That Bourbon Was Falsely Advertised

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Maker's Mark distillery of false advertising for promoting its bourbon as handmade. Read More »

Body Found in Southeast Missouri Flood Waters Identified

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in Pemiscot County have identified the body of a woman found in flood waters. Read More »

FDA Approves Stomach-Filling Balloon for Weight Loss

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators say they have approved an inflatable medical balloon that helps patients lose weight by filling up space in the stomach. Read More »

Missouri Teen Dies After Being Pulled from Surf off NC Beach

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) - A 16-year-old Missouri youth has drowned after being pulled from the surf off a North Carolina beach. Read More »

Top Fundraiser says Mark Kirk Shouldn't Run Again

CHICAGO (AP) - A top Republican fundraiser suggests Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk should abandon his quest for re-election, saying he'll likely lose. Read More »

Paducah Man Arrested After Threats to Blow Up School

MCCRACKEN CO. -- A Paducah man is behind bars after he threatened to blow up a school. Read More »

Rauner Signs Bill Broadening Eligibility for Food Stamps

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More Illinois families will be able to receive federal food stamps under expanded eligibility signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Read More »

Three Injured in McCracken County Crash

MCCRACKEN CO. -- Three people were injured in a crash in McCracken County. Read More »

Gov. Rauner Halts Payment of Video Gambling Profits

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says the state doesn't have the authority to distribute video gambling profits to municipalities across the state without a state budget. Read More »

Three Behind Bars After Major Toilet Paper Theft

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Three Memphis men are behind bars after a major cargo theft in Sikeston. Read More »

Disaster Loan Center Opening in Paducah for July Flooding

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Businesses and residents affected by flash flooding earlier this month in the Paducah area can apply for low-interest Small Business Administration loans. Read More »

Mumps Outbreak Centered at U of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Public Health says the state has 73 known mumps cases right now and more than two-thirds are in Champaign County. Read More »

Illinois Hosted 109.4M Visitors in 2014, Up 3.5 Percent

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois tourism officials say the state saw a 3.5 percent increase in visitors during 2014. Read More »

Report: Illinois Retirees Contacted About Working If Strike

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A published report says Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has been contacting retired state employees to determine if they're willing to come back on short-term contracts in case of a workers' strike. Read More »

More Illinois Residents Feel Pain as Budget Impasse Drags On

CHICAGO (AP) - Almost a month after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who run the Illinois Legislature entered a new fiscal year without a state budget, Illinois in many ways is still chugging along. Read More »

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Movie Critic Dies in 1-Car Accident

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The longtime movie critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has died in a one-car accident. Read More »

I-55 Traffic Down to One Lane for Bridge Repairs

SCOTT CO., Mo. -- Traffic on southbound I-55 in Scott County, Missouri will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge repairs. Read More »

4 Dogs Survive Southern Illinois House Explosion

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Four dogs thought to have died in a southern Illinois house explosion caused by a suspected natural gas leak have been rescued from the rubble. Read More »

Fiat Chrysler to Buy Back 500,000 Pickups in Recall Deal

DETROIT (AP) - Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls. Read More »

Young Girl Shot on I-55 While Riding in the Back Seat

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO -- An 11-year-old girl form Kirksville, Missouri is in the hospital after being shot in the neck. Read More »

Blast Levels 2-Story Home Outside St. Louis, Gas Suspected

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Fire officials say an explosion leveled a two-story home in rural Caseyville in southern Illinois. Read More »

Kentucky Man Charged with DUI on Lawnmower

BARDWELL, KY -- A western Kentucky man faces a list of charges after being pulled over on a lawnmower.  It happened Saturday afternoon in Graves County.
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