CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Officials are set to announce a new president the Southern Illinois University system Monday afternoon during a meeting in Edwardsville.
Board members say nearly 100 people applied for the job.
The new president will replace Glenn Poshard, who's retiring and plans to step down in June even though his contract expires in 2015.
SIU has campuses Carbondale and Edwardsville, and medical and dental schools in Alton and Decater.
Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure that would make it illegal for adults to smoke in a motor vehicle if there are children present. Officials with the American Lung Association say they support the measure as a way to educate parents about the dangers of second-hand smoke to their child.
Senate bill 2659 would make it illegal to smoke with a minor in the vehicle. Violators would face a one-hundred-dollar fine, but police wouldn't be able to pull drivers over just for violate the smoking ban.
Fourteen other states are considering similar measures. Five states, including Arkansas and Louisiana have already made smoke-free cars the law.
A year after severing ties with Rome, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is looking for an affiliation that will allow it to keep its Catholic ties. Reverend Marek Bozek tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the church wants to have options.
Bozek tells the paper he's partial to the Episcopal Church because it's in full communion with the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht. The European body separated from Rome more than 100 years ago over issue of papal infallibility, but its sacraments are seen as valid by the Vatican. Bozek says they don't actually want to become Episcopalian, but would like to work toward becoming an Old Catholic parish.
St. Stans is also talking with the Ecumenical Catholic Church, the Polish National Catholic Church, and even some more marginal groups, like Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
The church just north of downtown had governed its own finances since the 19th century. It's been in a battle for its survival and autonomy since 2003, when the archdiocese first asked the parish to hand over control of its property and assets. Church officials refused and were excommunicated, as was Rev. Bozek.
Another big Powerball jackpot is up for grabs this week.
Lottery officials said no one matched all six numbers for Saturday's $330.8 million drawing. So the prize for Wednesday's drawing is expected to be the fourth-biggest Powerball jackpot and sixth-highest lottery prize of all time. The estimated jackpot: at least $400 million. That's just over $227 million for a single winner who opts for a lump sum.
Powerball jackpots have set several new records since January 2012, when ticket prices rose to $2 and starting prizes were raised to $40 million.
This pot has been growing since December.
A Franklin County toddler who's been missing since Sunday morning is safe. The Endangered Person Advisory for the girl has been lifted.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department isn't saying where two-year-old Ellanna Jade Spear was located, or who was with her.
Authorities had issued the advisory after her custodial grandparents received a text message Sunday morning saying that Ellanna wouldn't be returned from a visit with non-custodial grand parents. The toddler had last been seen Friday in Gray Summit, Missouri.
There's no word yet if any arrests have been made or if anyone will face charges in the case.
All authorities are saying at this time is that the little girl has been found safe.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers could clear up a legal thicket entangling communities' red light cameras while also applying the brakes to cameras designed to nab speeders.
State approval would be required for speed or red light cameras on state highways, and communities seeking to place them elsewhere would need to follow specific requirements. Speed cameras on local roads would be limited to school zones, work zones and areas where serious traffic accidents are excessive.
Legislation endorsed by a House committee also seeks to address recent court cases over red light cameras. Appeals courts have focused on how points are assessed for violations caught by red light cameras.
The bill would specify that traffic infractions captured by speed or red light cameras would not lead to points on a motorist's driving record.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Michael Sam received a standing ovation when he appeared on the arena video boards during Missouri's basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday.
The All-America defensive end who could became the first openly gay player in the NFL, later a blew a kiss to the student section and shook hands with fans.
Sam and football team were honored at halftime for their Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State.
Wearing a shirt declaring "We Are All CoMo Sexuals," 51-year-old Michelle Carmichael joined more than a thousand others in forming a line of support for Sam.
The shirt plays off the nickname of Columbia, where Sam announced to his teammates in August that he was gay. The NFL hopeful shared his sexuality with the world last Sunday.