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The Effingham County state's attorney's office is releasing no information regarding the body discovered last night near where a seven year old girl went missing from her home in Watson, Illinois on Sunday. Authorities and volunteers had been searching for Willow Long when remains were found around 7:30 PM on Monday. There has been no identification of the body and an autopsy is expected to be performed today. According to Fox-2 news, crime scene tape surrounds the little girl's home and the Illinois State Police have assumed control of the investigation. Willow's mother says she was napping when the girl walked out of the house and disappeared.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:05
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St. Louis-based Furniture Brands International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company makes the Thomasville, Broyhill, Lane and Drexel Heritage brands.  Officials say the bulk of the company will be sold to investment firm Oaktree Capital Management.  Furniture Brands shares fell almost 47 percent to close at 30 cents.

 
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:19
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Murder charges will be filed against the uncle of 7-year-old Willow Long.

Prosecutors say Justin DeRyke is guilty of first-degree murder.

The arrest comes less than a day after the body of a young child was found near Willow's home in Watson, Illinois. A forensic pathologist positively identified the remain as Willow on Tuesday. The investigation also revealed that she had been murdered.

Effingham County authorities started search efforts after the girl's mother reported her missing on Sunday morning. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:59
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Homeless advocate Reverend Larry Rice is back, this time hoping to reestablish Integrity Village at same site that was condemned by the city last year. The city shut down the homeless camp at Vandeventer and I-44 in May of last year, citing public health concerns and no occupancy permits as reasons for condemnation. Rice and three others were arrested that night after refusing to vacate the property. A prayer tent is expected to be pitched Tuesday after a recent court ruling said Rice can once again practice religion on the property. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:13
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   A group home for people with eating disorders is getting the go ahead in Town and Country.  

   The Board of Aldermen Monday night unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a McCallum Place residential treatment center in a single-family home the 13,400 block of Conway Road.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city had little say over the plan because it met with conditions set by state law.  

   The home, which sits alone on 18 acres near Maryville University, would serve up to eight people.  The paper reports that other than some striped parking spaces, there would be no changes to the site.

   McCallum Place operates other eating disorder treatment facilities in Webster Groves and Kirkwood.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:35
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   Two metro-east teachers are among the finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year.

   Sina Rowe is a kindergarten to third grade special education teacher at Goshen Elementary School in Edwardsville.  Donna Whitaker teaches seventh grade Science at West Junior High School in Belleville.  

   They're among 11 finalists named Monday by state education officials.  The winner will be announced at an October banquet in Normal.

   Other finalists: John Bierbaum at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Mark Buesing at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Amanda Dearmond at DuQuoin Middle School in DuQuoin, William Fritz at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, DeLores Mannes at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor, Kerry (Fran) Meyers at Brimfield Grade School in Brimfield, Pam Reilly at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich, Aaron Sitze at Oregon High School in Oregon and Amy Walsh at Tioga School in Bensenville.

 
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:15
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Riverboat casinos in Illinois want to remain open for business around the clock.

   The Illinois Casino Gaming Association is asking state regulators for the okay to operate 24 hours a day. Currently, no casinos are open more than 22 hours.

   The Illinois Gaming Board has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 19 in Chicago to consider the request.

   Tom Swoik is executive director of the casino gaming association, which represents most of the state's casinos. He says video gaming already is available around the clock at places such as truck stops.

   Swoik says 24-hour operations would raise revenue for the casinos and the state and create jobs.

   Opponents say extending casino hours create more problems for compulsive gamblers, who would never have to leave the casino.

 
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn claims Illinois has added 80,000 jobs through foreign firms since he took office, but some economists say he can't take all the credit.

   The Chicago Democrat released new jobs figures while in Japan for a conference with other governors and business executives. He returns on Tuesday.

   Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Sandra Jones says Quinn's figures come from a report from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. That's a New Jersey-based credit reporting service for businesses. The figures are from 2009's end to earlier this year.

   University of Illinois economist Fred Giertz says the increase is possible, but much of it is automatic. He says international companies want to do business in Illinois and some will whether an elected official pushes it or not.

 

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   A nonprofit agency that had wanted to build a youth group home in Brentwood is already looking for sites in neighboring communities after the Board of Aldermen voted down the project Monday night.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Patrick Kelly had tried to win support for the Boys Hope Girls Hope home before the thumbs down vote on a zoning change and land use permit.  

   The group had wanted to demolish adjacent homes in the 8800 block of  Madge Avenue -- one vacant , the other a rental -- and build residence halls for 20 boys and girls along with offices for the nonprofit's 14 employees.

  Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.  More information about the non-profit group can be found on their website.  

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   The body of a fisherman who fell into the Missouri River in Franklin County Sunday has been recovered.  Highway Patrol Sergeant Chris Patton says the body of 40 year old Scott Shockley was found about two miles from where he had entered the river.

   Authorities say Shockley fell into the water near Berger, Missouri about 8:30 Sunday morning after becoming tangled in his trout line.  

   One of his two sons dove in to help, but Shockley was pulled away by the river's swift current.

   Officials say Shockley had been spending the weekend on the river camping and fishing with family and friends.

 

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