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  • Missouri man charged with giving 7-year-old gum to pose nude

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man is charged with child pornography after prosecutors say he gave a 7-year-old girl a pack of gum to pose for nude photos. The Kansas City Star reports 44-year-old Dennis Everette is charged in federal court with production of child pornography. His attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s office didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press. Court documents say someone discovered the pictures after borrowing Everette’s cellphone and called […]

  • Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate Trump

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was charged June 15 with threatening the president of the United States. U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Vincent Pescitelli says in a criminal complaint that Pickett “did knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm” against Trump on […]

  • Judge hears update on Ferguson, Justice Department agreement

    ST. LOUIS – A federal judge in St. Louis is set to hear an update on the progress Ferguson, Missouri, has made in its agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The St. Louis suburb has been under scrutiny since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson during a street confrontation, leading to months of unrest. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned. But […]

  • Mexican official in cartel intelligence case seeks release

    CHICAGO (AP) _ A former commander of a Mexican intelligence unit charged with trading secrets to a drug cartel for millions in cash is asking a U.S. judge in Chicago to release him from jail pending trial. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday to address Ivan Reyes Arzate’s request. He was extradited to Chicago earlier this year. A federal complaint unsealed in April accuses him of divulging the identity of an informant to the Beltran Leyva cartel. The person was […]

  • Meeting planned with students about missing Chinese scholar

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) _ Representatives of University of Illinois police and a campus counseling center will meet with students to discuss the search for a visiting scholar from China. The Thursday evening gathering at Altgeld Hall in Urbana comes two weeks after 26-year-old Yingying Zhang disappeared. The university says the meeting is open to the public. Police Chief Jeff Christensen also said in a Wednesday statement that investigators “continue to make progress” and “will not give up” until Zhang is […]

  • Illinois legislators to meet for 2nd day of budget session

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois legislators are set to meet for the second day of a special session aimed at forcing a budget compromise in the state’s two-year impasse. Lawmakers have to come to an agreement by July 1 or Illinois will enter its third straight year without a budget. There’s been little movement on any compromise so far with little indication things will change on Thursday. The House is scheduled to hear testimony on workers’ compensation, a reform that […]

  • Cardinals rally from 5-0 deficit, beat Phillies 7-6

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Tommy Pham’ second solo homer off Hector Neris in the ninth inning tied it and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 in 10 innings Wednesday night. Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Jose Martinez also connected for St. Louis. The game went to extra innings after Freddy Galvis lined a double down the left-field line with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Odubel […]

  • 2 adults, 1 child killed in southern Illinois vehicle crash

    ANNA, Ill. (AP) _ Authorities say two adults and a child were killed in vehicle and semi-trailer accident on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois. Illinois State Police say the accident happened at about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday in Union County. Police say a GMC Yukon SUV was traveling northbound when it collided with a semi-trailer traveling in the opposite direction. Both vehicles left the roadway. Authorities say the two adults and a child in a safety seat were killed. The Union […]

  • Missouri governor to ban sex offenders by kids’ museums

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A lawmaker says Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will sign his bill to ban people convicted of sex offenses against children from coming within 500 feet of children’s museums. Cassville Republican Sen. David Sater said Wednesday that he’s meeting with Greitens for a bill signing in Jefferson City Thursday. The legislation also would make sex trafficking of minors a form of child abuse under state law. It would require that children be told and informed in […]

  • University of Missouri might revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – University of Missouri System President Mun Choi wants the university to rescind an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby nearly 20 years ago. The system’s Board of Curators will vote Friday on Choi’s recommendation. A university staff memo sent to the curators says sexual assault allegations against Cosby are “incompatible” with the honorary doctorate in humane letters given to him in 1999. The Columbia Missourian reports the university’s faculy council recommended in 2015 that the curators […]

  • Prodigy, half of rap duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42

    NEW YORK (AP) _ Rapper Prodigy, a member of the New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died. He was 42. The rapper’s publicist said in a statement Tuesday that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.” Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth and was in Las Vegas for a performance. The exact cause of death was not clear, the representative said. Prodigy was born Albert Johnson […]

  • Missouri attorney general sues drug companies over opioids

    ST. LOUIS – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is suing three large pharmaceutical companies, saying their “campaign of deception” led to a startling opioid crisis in the state. Hawley, a Republican, spoke Wednesday at a news conference in St. Louis, where the suit is being filed. The suit seeks hundreds of millions of dollars in both damages and civil penalties. It names Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. “They use fraudulent advertising and deceptive trade practices and lied about […]