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Police ask for help to find suspect in double shooting

Thursday, 15 August 2013 17:21 Published in Local News

Authorities are asking for help to find a man who is facing charges connected to a double shooting late Wednesday night.

Around 11:30PM, Rico Combs allegedly entered the apartment where his three children lived with their mother, and opened fire. Police say he killed one man and shot another--leaving him in critical condition. Court documents say Combs hit the mother with his gun in front of the kids, who are 3, 5 and 7 years old.

Police ask anyone with information on Combs' whereabouts to call the CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.

 

Illinois unemployment rate creeps up again

Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:42 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The unemployment rate rose slightly in Illinois in July, according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

State officials say Thursday that Illinois' unemployment rate inched to 9.2 percent last month. That's up from an adjusted 9.1 percent in June. The figure was 9 percent in July 2012.

Employers around the state added a net 6,600 non-farm jobs in July. Overall, the private sector added 7,100 positions.

Meanwhile, manufacturers cut a net 900 jobs in July. Illinois' manufacturing had been one of the state's strongest employment sectors until recent months.

Construction firms added 1,600 jobs in July while the education and health services sector cut 3,600.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July 2013, although the state's figure is often higher than the national one.

 

Suspicious person offers child ride at bus stop

Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:40 Published in Local News

A suspicious incident at a school bus stop is putting Ellisville parents on alert.

A fourth grade-student was waiting at the bus stop when she says a woman in a white minivan pulled up and asked her if she wanted a ride. The same woman came back to the bus stop two more times. The girl ran home and old her parents. The community is using the incident as an opportunity to remind kids to stay away from strangers.

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