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  • Mega Millions players ponder how to spend record $1.6B prizeĀ 

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S. The Powerball jackpot also has climbed. It’s up to an estimated $620 million for Wednesday’s drawing. That would make it the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. history. But much of the focus has been on Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing and what would be the largest jackpot prize in U.S. history. From San Diego to New York, people are […]

  • Garth Brooks’ concert at Notre Dame success despite weather

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Bad weather tested the devotion of 84,000 fans who went to see Garth Brooks at Notre Dame Stadium over the weekend. And it appears they really wanted to be at the event in northern Indiana. It was the first such concert in the stadium’s 88-year history. The Indianapolis Star reports that strong winds made it too dangerous to hang speakers above a stage at first. And so the show started an hour late on Saturday. Brooks […]

  • Missouri professor creates art to heal after husband’s death

    A University of Missouri professor created artwork out of her late husband’s old clothes to honor him and find healing following his death three years ago. The Columbia Missourian reports that MU art professor Catherine Armbrust held an exhibit in fall 2016 called “Visible Mending” as a way to move forward after the death of her husband Eric Sweet, who also taught art at the university. Sweet died after suffering a heart attack at age 44. Armbrust’s healing artwork includes […]

  • Georgia officer fatally shot near school; suspects run away

    SNELLVILLE, Ga. – A Georgia police officer has been killed after being shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school. News outlets report multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects following the Saturday afternoon shooting near Snellville. Police say Gwinnett County police officer Antwan Toney died at a hospital. The 30-year-old had been with the department for nearly three years. The shooting happened Saturday about 3 p.m. near Shiloh Middle School. Authorities say the suspects […]

  • Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact

    ELKO, Nevada – President Donald Trump says he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. Trump says Moscow has violated the agreement, but provided no details. The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East. It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles. Trump made the announcement Saturday […]

  • Loretta Lynn says she’s better after illness sent her to hospital

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Loretta Lynn says she is doing better after a brief hospital visit to treat an illness that kept her from attending a CMT tribute to her and other female country artists. A message posted on Lynn’s official Facebook page Saturday afternoon said she is feeling better and is now resting at home. Lynn’s post said she was sick, but did not provide additional details. Her representative did not immediately return an email message Saturday. The 86-year-old ust […]

  • Illinois state board recommends changes to teacher licensing

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Board of Education has approved proposals to expand the teacher workforce. The board voted this week to seek legislative changes to make it less cumbersome for qualified professionals to move into teaching careers. The recommendations stem from a yearlong study involving focus groups, data analysis and research review. The findings were released last month in the Teach Illinois report . Proposals for changes in law fall in three areas. One would be creating alternative […]

  • Study: Illinois slaughterhouse big nitrogen polluter

    BEARDSTOWN, Ill. – A report says a central Illinois pork-processing plant released more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the U.S. The Chicago Tribune reports the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project assessed water pollution by nearly 100 large meat-processing facilities in the U.S. The report found that meat-processing giant JBS’s Beardstown plant released about an average of 1,850 pounds of nitrogen daily into an Illinois River tributary. The discharges are within limits placed by the Clean […]

  • Ex-University City doctor found guilty of conspiracy, fraud

    ST. LOUIS – A federal jury has found a former St. Louis doctor guilty of conspiracy and four health care fraud counts. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 72-year-old Devon Golding was convicted Friday. Golding, who had practiced in University City, and eight others were indicted in July 2017 and accused of a conspiracy that ran from 2009 to 2012. Prosecutors say Golding and others paid kickbacks to doctors who sent blood and urine samples to a lab run by […]

  • Missouri man charged after woman’s body found in stream

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man has been criminally charged days after a woman’s body was found near Fellows Lake at Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 35-year-old Joseph Ehlers has been charged with abandonment of a corpse in connection with the death of 21-year-old Elisa Ferguson. Police say Ferguson’s body was found Monday afternoon in a stream off a rural road on City Utilities property. Police say Ehlers, who was charged Thursday told investigators that he came home from work […]

  • Missouri woman sentenced to 7 years for crowbar death of man

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in a deal with prosecutors. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 47-year-old Jeanette Riddle pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder after police say she fatally beat 44-year-old Michael Butts with a crowbar in February 2017, then cut her wrists in an attempt to take her own […]

  • Authorities searching for man who drove into Kansas River

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Authorities and rescue personnel spent part of Friday night searching for a person who drove a vehicle into the Kansas River. Police tell the Kansas City Star that the incident happened around 6:50 p.m. Friday at the Kaw Point Park boat ramp in Kansas City, Kansas, at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. Wyandotte County Sheriff’s officials say someone reported seeing a vehicle go into the river. Kansas City, Kansas, Police Chief Terry Zeigler […]