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  • Joe Reagan resigns as St. Louis Regional Chamber CEO

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – The president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber is stepping down. The chamber on Tuesday announced the resignation of Joe Reagan, who has led the chamber since 2012. Tom Chulick, a longtime bank executive, will serve as acting president and CEO starting March 1. Reagan was cleared by the chamber’s executive committee in August after anonymous letters sent to the board accused him of creating a hostile work environment. Former chamber Chief Operating Officer […]

  • Student shoots self in Ohio middle school, no one else hurt

    MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) _ Police in Ohio say a 7th-grader apparently brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a bathroom. Investigators say no other students have been hurt and they don’t know yet whether the shooting Tuesday morning was intentional. A school official says the student is being treated at a hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately known. Parents rushed to Jackson Middle School, near Massillon, to pick up their children after the school sent out a notice about […]

  • Wild weather, in varying forms, across Kansas, Missouri

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Residents throughout much of Missouri and Kansas are dealing with potentially dangerous weather conditions, but in wildly varying forms. Freezing rain and ice fell in parts of Kansas and western Missouri Tuesday morning, with several accidents reported. Schools were closed in many places and several flights were canceled or delayed at Kansas City International Airport. On the eastern side of the state, St. Louis-area residents were seeing spring-like temperatures, but volatile conditions. High temperatures were expected […]

  • 1 dead after fire at apartment complex in Liberty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ One person is dead after a fire broke out at a suburban Kansas City apartment building. WDAF-TV reports that firefighters found a body around 6 a.m. Tuesday inside a burning apartment building in Liberty. The victim has not yet been identified. The body was found in a basement apartment, one of six units in the building. The blaze temporarily displaced 10 residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. ___ Information from: WDAF-TV

  • Illinois private scholarship program applications to reopen

    CHICAGO (AP) _ The application system is scheduled to reopen next week for Illinois families wanting to apply for the state’s new private school scholarship program. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Empower Illinois, one of the organizations overseeing the Tax Credit Scholarship program, says the application system will reopen Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The system crashed Jan. 31, the first day applications were accepted. Empower Illinois said the crash was due to extreme demand. Empower Illinois officials say they’re […]

  • Rural Missouri county going to privatized public defenders

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One rural Missouri county is moving to a privatized system for public defenders, a system that some advocates would like to see become more common. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that starting March 1, people charged with crimes in Texas County who cannot afford an attorney will get private lawyers, with the state footing the bill. That’s because the Missouri State Public Defender has decided to completely privatize the southern Missouri county, which has about 26,000 […]

  • Illinois man to get treatment after threatening Trump online

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – An Illinois man will get mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump. Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was also ordered to spend six months behind bars for the June threats, though he’s already served the time since his arrest last year. Pickett pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors in October, after authorities said he posted several times online that he wanted to assassinate […]

  • White House Christmas ornament to honor Harry Truman

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) _ The White House Christmas ornament in 2018 will pay tribute to the 33rd president _ Missouri’s own Harry Truman. The White House Historical Association since 1981 has commissioned an ornament to sell that honors either a particular president or a White House event. The recognition of Truman was announced Monday at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence. One side of the ornament will feature the Truman Balcony, added to the White House in […]

  • Original Iowa Capitol dome bricks for sale at $100 each

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The state is planning to sell pieces of its landmarks: the state Capitol’s golden dome. The Des Moines Register reports that the Capitol Planning Commission is pricing the bricks used in the dome’s original construction at $100 each. The money will go toward renovating monuments around the Capitol complex. About 1,100 bricks will be available, starting March 1. They’ll be sold with a medallion and a certificate of authenticity. Buyers can find the bricks online […]

  • New ‘Year of the Dog’ stamp celebrates Lunar New Year

    CHICAGO (AP) _ The U.S. Postal Service and the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce are unveiling a new stamp to help celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Year of the Dog stamp is the 11th in a 12-stamp series celebrating what’s considered the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities. Acting Chicago Postmaster Wanda Prater will unveil the stamp at a ceremony Tuesday in Chinatown. She says the stamp recognizes America’s “great diversity.” The postal service started […]

  • Skeletal remains found in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Springfield police are investigating after someone passing by a wooded area spotted skeletal remains. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the remains were found Monday afternoon in southwest Springfield. A witness told police he saw bones in a line of trees. Police have not yet identified the victim or determined a cause of death. An evidence collection vehicle was on the scene Monday while detectives wore protective suits at the crime scene. ___ Information from: Springfield News-Leader

  • Male body found inside car after firefighters put out blaze

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Authorities say a male body was found inside a car after Sioux City firefighters extinguished a fire that blackened it. The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. Sunday inside a car parked outside a residence. The person’s name hasn’t been released. An autopsy has been scheduled. Police and fire officials are investigating the blaze and the person’s death.