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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new state report shows the number of Illinois children killed by abuse or neglect over the past year likely will be the state's most in a quarter century.
The report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services showed 94 of the 223 deaths investigated during the latest fiscal year that ended June 30 involved credible evidence of abuse or neglect.
With 45 cases still being investigated and awaiting an official ruling, the number of abuse-related deaths appears likely to surpass the state's previous high of 102 in the 1989 fiscal year.
Explanations for the latest increase remain elusive.
But DCFS spokesman Dave Clarkin says the numbers underscore the importance of citizens proactively reporting suspected abuse or neglect before it proves fatal.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman is dead after another round of torrential downpours caused flash flooding.
McDonald County emergency management director Greg Sweeten says the woman died early Thursday when her car was swept off Missouri Route 90 near the town of Jane, Mo. Sweeten says normally-dry Brush Creek came up suddenly.
The National Weather Service says parts of southwest Missouri got 10 inches of rain overnight. The town of Hollister was especially hard hit, with about 100 buildings damaged. More than two dozen people had to be rescued from homes, mostly mobile homes, in Hollister, which is near Branson in Taney County.
The weather service says more heavy rain is likely for southern Missouri in the coming days.
The St. Louis-based Humane Society's Disaster Response Team arrived in Waynesville Wednesday with a trailer that can temporarily house up to 100 animals.
As of last night, there were 35 dogs, 10 cats and a rabbit owned by people displaced by flooding. The Humane Society also agreed to take 15 adoptable dogs from the Waynesville shelter, opening space to temporarily house pets owned by those affected by flooding.
The stray dogs will be brought to St. Louis and made available for adoption.
SAUGET, Ill. (AP) - Illinois and federal agencies are assessing pollution on 380 acres in three southwestern Illinois suburbs.
Workers are also trying to determine whether companies that once owned the properties should pay the tens of millions of dollars in cleanup costs.
The Belleville News-Democrat says the 11 sites in Sauget, Cahokia and East St. Louis were used for decades for waste disposal.
Federal efforts to clean parts of the properties have been ongoing since at least 1995. The land is being proposed for a national priorities cleanup list, which may draw federal money.
Tom Heavisides works with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says officials have been addressing human health risks involving the sites. And the state says the pollution may be responsible for deformed animals and fish kills.
475 new students from the Normandy school district are attending classes some 20 miles from their school they used to attend.
The new students began boarding buses as early as 6 a.m. today. The transfers are the result of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling five weeks ago that allowed students in unaccredited districts to transfer to better performing schools.
Sheri Wilson has two daughters currently at Francis Howell Central High and tells KTRS News, "My girls are open-hearted and they don't see this as any different as any other child transferring in from any other school so they're looking forward to it."
All but one bus made it on time after going to the wrong high school. Students were taken to Francis Howell High instead of Francis Howell Central High and arrived 40 minutes late.