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Southern Illinois board sets meeting on removing president

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees has set a special meeting to consider placing the school president on administrative leave after a dispute over a failed move to shift about $5 million in state funding between its campuses. The board members are scheduled to meet Thursday in Edwardsville about the future…read more »

Missouri Democrats sue over lieutenant governor appointment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party is suing to try to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor, reviving a longstanding debate over whether the governor has the power to fill the executive branch’s No. 2 position or whether it can only be filled by voters. The party filed the…read more »

Judge sets limits on evidence in Greitens Confide case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawyer suing over the use of a message-deleting app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff is facing roadblocks in gathering evidence. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem during a Tuesday hearing said the former governor and staffers don’t have to produce records made before Greitens’ inauguration.…read more »

9 state police trooper cadets earn degrees in new program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police announced a hiring policy change a year ago that allows trooper cadet applicants to earn college credit while attending the training academy. State police say the change is paying dividends and nine cadets in the current academy class have earned associate’s degrees. The Bluegrass Community and Technical College…read more »

Search continues for 2 after southern Illinois jail escape

CARMI, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have been continuing to search for two men who they say escaped from a southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend with a third man who’s been captured. The White County sheriff’s office says men matching the descriptions of 24-year-old Zachery Shock and 61-year-old Johnny Tipton were spotted Sunday night…read more »

SEMO seeks nearly $13.6M to renovate 1902 building

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Southeast Missouri State University is seeking nearly $13.6 million in state funding to renovate the more-than-century-old Art Building. The Southeast Missourian reports that university president Carlos Vargas-Aburto told the board of regents this past week that the project is the school’s top priority for capital improvements. But school officials say…read more »

William Shatner captains bitcoin mining farm in Illinois

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Could southern Illinois be the final frontier for bitcoin miners? Actor William Shatner thinks so, and is recruiting new tenants at solar-powered mining facility in the area. The former Star Trek actor is the spokesman for the alternative energy developer Solar Alliance. The Chicago Tribune reports the company plans to convert…read more »

Missouri agency aims to halt spread of disease among deer

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation aims to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer populations with the expansion of its disease management zone. The Southeast Missourian reports the agency plans to expand the CWD management zone from 41 to 48 counties. It will now include Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and…read more »

Missing 3-year-old found in cornfield, dog at her side

QULIN, Mo. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl is safe after spending the night in a rural Missouri cornfield, her faithful dog by her side. In fact, the tiny Yorkshire terrier played a role in her rescue. The ordeal began around 8:30 p.m. Thursday with a 911 call that the girl had wandered away from her…read more »

Man convicted in 2014 death of Southern Illinois U. student

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the February 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student. The jury returned the verdict Thursday night against 23-year-old Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois. He faces 20 to 60 years in prison when sentenced. Bethune was accused of striking 19-year-old Pravin…read more »

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