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  • Bill barring employers asking applicants’ pay history vetoed

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an amendatory veto of a bill that imposes a prohibition on employers asking applicants their salary history. The bill is aimed at eliminating the pay gap between male and female employees. In his veto message Friday, Rauner noted House Bill 4163 “substantially resembles” the bill he vetoed in 2017. He said he is committed to eliminating the gender wage gap, but he says legislation passed in Massachusetts is the way to […]

  • Accuser wants another day to consider testifying against Brett Kavanaugh

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford wants another day to consider terms for testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teens. Attorney Debra Katz calls Friday’s deadline for a response “arbitrary.” She says “its sole purpose is to bully” Ford. Ford met with the FBI for several hours about death threats she has received and wants to consider her response until Saturday. The committee […]

  • Illinois farmers see healthy beginning to harvest

    PEORIA, Ill. – A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says crops are maturing more quickly in Illinois this year compared to 2017. The agency’s most recent Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report estimates that 75 percent of the corn crop was mature by Sept. 16, compared to 37 percent last year. The report estimates that 87 percent of soybeans had begun turning color by Sept. 16, while 67 percent started changing color last year. The agency says about 12 percent […]

  • Federal officials praise school for students in recovery

    WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – A Missouri school for students recovering from substance abuse is winning praise from federal health officials. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Great Circle Academy in the St. Louis suburb of Wester Groves on Thursday. Adams and other health officials are touring the country to learn about efforts to combat opioid addiction. Great Circle provides behavioral health services to thousands of children statewide through its counseling centers, home services and […]

  • Trump abandons restraint, calls out Kavanaugh’s accuser on Twitter

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is challenging by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying if the attack she alleges were that “bad” then she would have filed charges. Trump tweeted Friday: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward […]

  • Mother shot, wounded while shielding sons at bus shelter

    ST. LOUIS — Authorities say two men have been charged with shooting a woman in the leg as she used her body to shield her two young children at a St. Louis bus shelter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police say the 23-year-old woman was protecting her young sons last week when she was shot at the Delmar MetroLink Station. Police say the target was third man near a bus bench. Nineteen-year-old Antreion Betts and 23-year-old Antoine La’Ron Jones […]

  • St. Louis police still recovering a year after protests 

    ST. LOUIS — Some St. Louis police officers are still struggling with injuries more than a year after protesters took to the streets when a white former officer was acquitted in the death of a black suspect. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that then-Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole announced that 30 officers were injured while responding to protests over Jason Stockley’s acquittal. At least five officers were hospitalized. Stockley was charged in 2016 with first-degree murder in the shooting death […]

  • Man who raced deputies to delete child porn sentenced

    ST. LOUIS — A Missouri man who raced deputies to delete child pornography has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 40-year-old James Ricky Johnson Jr. was sentenced Thursday for three counts of producing child porn and one count of possessing child porn. Authorities say a woman alerted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 after finding child porn in emails on Johnson’s phone. In some pictures, Johnson was molesting an 11-year-old girl. […]

  • St. Louis man convicted of assaulting federal officers in courthouse

    ST. LOUIS – Authorities say a St. Louis man has been convicted of punching a deputy U.S. marshal in the face and assaulting two other federal officials. The U.S. attorney’s office say 33-year-old Philandias Samuel Calvin, of St. Louis, was found guilty Thursday in the December 2017 courthouse attack. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it happened after Calvin was told warrants had been issued for his arrest for violating his supervised release in a prior federal gun and escape […]

  • Man convicted of assaulting federal officers in courthouse

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Authorities say a St. Louis man has been convicted of punching a deputy U.S. marshal in the face and assaulting two other federal officials. The U.S. attorney’s office says 33-year-old Philandias Samuel Calvin, of St. Louis, was found guilty Thursday in the December 2017 courthouse attack. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it happened after Calvin was told warrants had been issued for his arrest for violating his supervised release in a prior federal gun and […]

  • Motorist shoots woman in car that cut him off in traffic

    ST. LOUIS – Authorities say a motorist opened fire after he was cut off in traffic and wounded a woman. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that the shooting happened Thursday when the victim’s vehicle swerved inadvertently, cutting off the shooter’s car. The shooter then fired several shots at the victim’s car. The 44-year-old woman was struck in the abdomen. Police say a man was in the car with her. They rushed to a hospital, where the woman was stable. Police […]

  • Prosecutor: no charges on Missouri work with trucking firm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri prosecutor says he won’t press charges related to allegations of conflicts of interest between state agencies and a trucking technology company. The Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation fell under scrutiny because agency officials had served on the board of a company called HELP Inc. that for years received the only state contract to provide technology allowing truckers to bypass Missouri weigh stations. But Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson on Thursday said he found […]