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Justice Department Clears Officer in Ferguson Case, Criticizes Police Force

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says it won't prosecute former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old that led to weeks of protests. Read more »

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Southeast Missouri State Names New President

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Carlos Vargas-Aburto will become the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State starting July 1. Read More »

Southeastern Container to Close Effingham Bottle Factory

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - Owners of a plastic soft drink bottle plant in Effingham say they plan to close the factory later this year or early next year. Read More »

Regulators to Police: Issue More Tickets at Rail Crossings

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - National railroad regulators are asking local police departments to issue more tickets to drivers who ignore warnings at crossings. Read More »

Land Between the Lakes Opening Later

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) - Winter weather headed to Kentucky is pushing back the opening dates for campgrounds and facilities at The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Read More »

Scott Air Force Base Surveys Workers on Sexual Harassment

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Il. (AP) - Workers in a key Air Mobility Command unit at Scott Air Force Base will meet in gender-specific focus groups to discuss sexual harassment after three employees accused a female supervisor of misconduct. Read More »

DCFS Bill Would Improve Investigator Training

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Training at Illinois' child protective services department would be revamped for the first time in its history under legislation headed to the Senate floor. Read More »

Victims to Relive Horror of Marathon Bombing as Trial Begins

BOSTON (AP) - In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit on the jury and what evidence prosecutors should be allowed to use. Read More »

Play Ball! Quickly! Baseball Tries to Speed Game This Spring

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down Tuesday, counting off seconds and ushering in change. Read More »

Health Officials Perplexed by Vaccination Skeptics

NEW YORK (AP) - Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. Read More »

Target Plans $2 Billion in Cost-Cutting Moves

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. plans $2 billion in cost cuts over the next two years through corporate restructuring and other improvements. Read More »

Senate Democrats Introduce Plan to Plug Budget Hole

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Senate Democratic lawmakers have introduced a plan that would allow the use of special funds to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole affecting subsidized child care programs, prisons and court reporters. Read More »

Bills Would Change Up Illinois Primary, Campaign Financing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois electoral system would see changes under proposals in the state legislature, including ones on primaries and campaign finance. Read More »

Illinois Bill Would Name I-74 Bridge for US Rep. Lane Evans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A proposal in the Illinois House would name a new Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River after late U.S. Rep. Lane Evans. Read More »

New Illinois State Representative Sworn In to Replace Brauer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A staffer for a U.S. congressman from Illinois has been sworn in to replace a state lawmaker who resigned from the General Assembly earlier this month. Read More »

US Adds 2 Models to Probe of Ford Door Latches

DETROIT (AP) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it's including the 2013 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars to the probe of latches on 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta compact cars. Read More »

Former Gov. Quinn Earning $11,396 Monthly Pension

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Former Gov. Pat Quinn receives a state pension of just under $11,400 a month, though it could shrink if proposed reforms he signed are enacted. Read More »

Eastern Illinois University Names Bradley Provost New President

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Eastern Illinois University has named Bradley University Provost David Glassman as its new president. Read More »

Top 10 List of Consumer Complaints in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois attorney general's office received nearly 21,800 complaints from consumers in 2014. Here's a look at the top categories and the number of complaints. Read More »

PharmaCann to Accept Its 2nd Marijuana Grow Permit

CHICAGO (AP) - An Oak Park company is being awarded a medical marijuana cultivation permit in a part of Illinois where another company recently abandoned its plans. Read More »

Pipeline May Carry Crude Oil Through Southern Illinois

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - A Texas-based company is converting an existing natural gas pipeline that runs through southern Illinois to transport crude oil. Read More »

Local Road Conditions

WSIL -- Road conditions Saturday night along interstates and town roads. Read More »

Man Shot at Cape Girardeau Hotel

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. -- One man was injured after pointing a gun at police in Cape Girardeau. Read More »

Sheriff Releases Names of 3 Rural Missouri Shooting Victims

TYRONE, MO -- A southern Missouri sheriff has identified the final three victims in a shooting rampage that left seven people dead before the gunman killed himself. Read More »

Bank Worker Arrested For Stealing Cash, Reporting Robbery

BETHALTO, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in the southern Illinois community of Bethalto have arrested the assistant vice president of a local bank in connection with a reported Dec. 13 robbery. Read More »

Ex-Gov. Quinn Pushes Consumer Rights, Blasts Rauner's Budget

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Gov. Pat Quinn says pushing consumer rights and organizing are in his immediate future during his first public appearance since leaving office. Read More »

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