Veterans in Illinois will some be able to use their experience as military medics to become licensed practical nurses or emergency medical technicians. That's because the state was one of six chosen by the National Governors Association to participate in the "Veterans Licensing and Certification Demonstration Policy Academy."
Governor Pat Quinn on Monday announced Illinois' participation in the program that eases licensing requirements for medics and helps ex-military police officers transition to civilian police forces.
The other state chosen to participate include Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia.
Residents in Uplands Park will decide next month whether or not to dissolve their tiny village. In the mean time, the village board is considering how to provide police protection in the cash strapped community.
Residents complain that they've had little to no police protection since the board all but closed their Police Department.
Now St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is weighing in. He's sent a letter warning trustees that state law requires them to provide 24 hour police protection.
The village board discussed McCulloch's letter at Monday night's meeting. They also discussed contracting with St. Louis County for police protection, but the board took no action.
A $25,000 reward is being offered after Phineas the dog disappeared Friday night from the Salem, Missouri vet's office where he's lived for more than a year.
The dog has been the subject of legal challenges after being condemned by the mayor in 2012 for allegedly biting a 7 year old girl. She wasn't seriously hurt and experts are questioning the photographic evidence of that bite.
Staff at the veterinary office discovered Phineas missing when they arrived about 7:30 Saturday morning. They'd last seen him Friday evening when they fed the dog.
The vet who's been caring for Phineas, Dr. J. J. Tune was expected to testify at a pivotal court hearing Thursday. Dr. Tune told Fox 2 News that the evidence seems to lean in the dog's favor. "You know, in my estimation, the dog would have been exonerated," Tune said. "The bite wound that they have pictures of is of a primate bite. It's not of a canine bite."
Now the dog's owners are worried that someone who wanted to harm the dog has taken him. Their attorney, Joe Simon told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's likely the dog is dead. Even so, the reward for information about his disappearance stands.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Ameren Corp. can sell five Illinois coal-fired plants to Houston-based Dynegy Inc. - though the deal still hinges on a pollution-control waiver.
Dynegy spokeswoman Katy Sullivan says the FERC approval came late Friday. She says it was an important milestone, but the sale could unravel unless the company gets approval from the Illinois Pollution Control Board to delay installing soot-control equipment required by state rules.
St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. already has a five-year waiver after claiming financial hardship. But the Pollution Control Board said it couldn't simply be transferred to Dynegy, which filed for its own.
Environmental groups say that the pollution-control upgrades are needed and that Dynegy was a willing buyer.
The Illinois panel is expected to make its decision next month.
The search continues for three home invasion suspects.
Around 11 AM, four suspects attempted to rob a woman and her mother at their Olivette home. Neighbors heard the homeowner screaming and called police. Three of the suspects drove off and a fourth tried to run away. While officers searched for the suspects, the nearby Old Bonhomme Elementary school was placed on lockdown. Officials say it was only a precaution.
Officers caught one suspect and the lockdown was lifted. The remaining three suspects are on the loose.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Pentagon says the remains of two World War II Marines from Louisiana and Missouri will be buried Friday with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
Nineteen-year-old Staff Sgt. Thomas Meek of Lisbon, La., and 23-year-old Capt. Henry White, of Kansas City, died when their SBD-4 Dauntless dive bomber crashed in what is now Vanuatu during a night training flight on July 21, 1943.
The plane was reported as crashed on a coral cliff on Mavea Island. An investigation in 1947 did not recover any remains. One last year found human remains, a captain's bars and Meek's military ID tag.
Because no individual identification was possible, the men will be buried in a single casket.
Macy's is going to make some workers unhappy.
The retail chain announced that for the first time, some of their stores will open on Thanksgiving. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that some locations will open at 8 PM on Turkey Day. Macy's is just the latest of several retailers to open on the previously-off limits Thanksgiving.
Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, Sears, and Kmart all opened Thanksgiving night at either eight or nine pm last year.
The feud between former Cardinals sluggers Albert Pujols and Jack Clark has taken another turn.
It all started when Jack Clark went on the air this summer, accused Pujols of using performance enhancing drugs. Pujols then threatened to sue Clark and the radio station that employed him, which led to Clark's termination.
Monday, Clark's lawyer Albert Watkins sent a letter to Pujols' attorney, requesting that the former Cardinals MVP take a polygraph test to prove he didn't use steroids. The letter states that if Pujols won't take a polygraph, Watkins has been instructed to proceed with a highly charged, entertaining, and public spectacle.
Pujols has always vehemently denied any steroid use.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has released $1 million in state funding to help rebuild a northeast Missouri vocational school destroyed by fire.
Lawmakers included funding for the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center in the current year's budget, but Nixon vetoed the appropriation.
The Legislature overrode the veto in September. But Nixon then froze the spending while determining if there was enough money in a particular fund to pay for it and whether the fund could legally be used for the project.
Nixon's budget director said Monday that the $1 million for the school had been released last week.
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) - A 1-year-old girl is dead after a weekend driveway accident in St. Francois County.
KMOV-TV reports that the Potosi child was run over outside a home near Desloge on Sunday evening.
Police say the toddler got out of a parked car, which then rolled backward and hit her. She was flown to St. Louis Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.