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  • 1.4M Illinoisans affected after state agency vendor hacked

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The governor’s office says about 1.4 million Illinois job seekers are affected after one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office said Friday afternoon that the Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly about the hack. State officials say the hacker may have accessed the names, social security numbers and birthdates of job seekers in the vendor’s database. Authorities say the data break may have impacted ten […]

  • Missouri governor to meet with Trump this weekend

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Republican Gov. Eric Greitens will be visiting the U.S. Capitol this weekend to talk policy with federal officials, including President Donald Trump. A text Friday from Greitens’ spokesman Parker Briden says the governor will meet with federal officials, including the president and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, to talk about Missouri’s policy priorities. The Republican governor’s trip to Washington comes after the Republican-led U.S. House canceled a scheduled vote on a bill to replace […]

  • Police: Beaten man arrives at hospital with mouth glued shut

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Police say a man arrived at a Missouri hospital with his lips apparently glued together after coming under attack from several people in an ongoing dispute. Lt. Tad Peters says the man showed up Thursday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, suffering from injuries consistent with having his mouth glued shut. Peters says the man had also been struck with some type of object. Peters says no one has been arrested in the attack. The Springfield News-Leader […]

  • Chicago teen apparently raped on Facebook Live relocated

    CHICAGO (AP) – The 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people viewed it live on Facebook has been relocated with her family. The Chicago Sun-Times reports police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an email Friday that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office offered the girl and her family relocation services. He added the girl “is in a safe place.” The mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday her daughter was scared to return home and the […]

  • 1.4M Illinoisans affected after state agency vendor hacked

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill._ The governor’s office says about 1.4 million Illinois job seekers are affected after one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office said Friday afternoon that the Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly about the hack. State officials say the hacker may have accessed the names, social security numbers and birthdates of job seekers in the vendor’s database. Authorities say the data break may have impacted ten states. […]

  • Judge orders treatment for ex-Illinois village treasurer

    EDDYVILLE, Ill. _ A southern Illinois judge has ordered a small-town treasurer accused of theft into state custody for inpatient mental health treatment. The Southern Illinoisan reports the defense attorney for 58-year-old Kim Smith of Eddyville says she has retrograde amnesia and can’t remember the time when she is accused of stealing from the village. Earlier this month a Pope County judge ordered Smith to the Illinois Department of Human Services for treatment. Smith’s defense attorney says she isn’t fit […]

  • Man charged in 1996 slaying of teen girl to remain in jail

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) _ A Missouri man charged in the 1996 slaying of a 15-year-old Maryland girl will remain behind bars, despite his request for release. The Frederick News-Post reports 53-year-old Lloyd Harris has been jailed since his January 2016 arrest in Stacey Lynn Hoffmaster’s strangulation death. Court records show his trial has been postponed twice and is currently scheduled to begin Oct. 23. Harris’ attorney Matthew Frawley argued Thursday that the delays should allow his client to be released […]

  • Gifts for sick Missouri children reportedly stolen

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A nonprofit’s trailer that was full of gifts for hospitalized children in Springfield reportedly had been stolen. Christopher Bruce of Mascots for a Cure tells the Springfield News-Leader he found the organization’s U-Haul trailer missing walking into a parking lot Thursday morning. The trailer was full of around $100,000 worth of equipment of gifts for sick children. Bruce says Greene County sheriff’s deputies recovered the stolen trailer abandoned on the side of a road later that […]

  • Kraft Heinz lays off 200 white-collar workers in Canada, US

    PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Kraft Heinz Co. has laid off 200 white-collar workers in Canada and the United States. Michael Mullen, the company’s senior vice president of corporate and government affairs,, says the company is realigning its administrative functions to be more efficient. The company didn’t say where the layoffs occurred. Kraft Heinz is dually headquartered in Pittsburgh and Chicago since the Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group of Illinois merged two years ago. The company has about 41,000 […]

  • Jurors convict Missouri mother of poisoning 9-year-old son

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ A suburban St. Louis mother has been convicted of poisoning her son with prescription medications and keeping him gravely ill for nearly a year. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that jurors found 36-year-old Rachel Kinsella guilty Thursday of charges of first-degree assault and child endangerment. The state removed the then 9-year-old from her care in early 2015. Prosecutors told jurors Kinsella sought treatment for Patrick at St. Louis and Kansas City hospitals to get anti-seizure medications […]

  • New York women arrested in Missouri cigarette scheme

    FORISTELL, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities say two New York women who were arrested in eastern Missouri after jumping out a second-story motel window and running half-naked across Interstate 70 are suspected in a black market cigarette scheme. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 160 cartons of cigarettes and about two dozen fake credit cards were found after the women’s arrest Thursday in the town of Foristell. Police say the women admitted they had driven around the nearby St. Louis area […]

  • Advocates seek better awareness of Safe Haven baby laws

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Lawmakers and advocates say not enough people, especially teenagers, know about Safe Haven laws that allow parents to drop off a newborn at a hospital or police station _ no questions asked. Concerns in Connecticut come after an infant’s body was discovered this week inside a bag in a reservoir. One Connecticut lawmaker says he’d like to see legislation passed this session that would require students to learn about the state’s law during high school health […]