KFVS-TV reports that 52-year-old Curtis Smith is already in prison for second-degree murder for another killing. Now, he is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kristi Murphy.
Murphy's body was found in a bathtub at the Microtel Motel in Ste. Genevieve on Nov. 17. Smith was on parole at the time of her death.
Smith is jailed on $250,000 bond.
The letter sent Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press was addressed to Department of Corrections Director S.A. "Tony" Godinez (goh-DEE'-nez).
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says in one instance up to 15 inmates were being moved to medium-security prisons. The inmates allegedly beat two guards and a chaplain at Menard prison last week.
The union is worried increased violence has ushered a return of "circuit riders" - keeping troublemakers isolated by moving them from prison to prison.
The 1998 opening of the high-security Tamms prison ended that practice. But Gov. Pat Quinn closed Tamms in January because of budget cuts.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a conditional approval letter Wednesday to Gov. Pat Quinn with a list of six conditions.
Conditions include signing a memorandum of understanding with the federal government for how the state will monitor and approve health plans sold on the exchange by March 1 and a separate memorandum of understanding for how the state will run consumer outreach activities by April 1. Sebelius’ letter acknowledges that “Illinois is working under intense timelines.”
The state is partnering with the federal government to offer the online marketplace.
The shows were scheduled for Valentine's Day and Friday 2/15 at the Peabody Opera House. There will be full refunds issued for the tickets.
Williams is a comedian and actor, best known for his role of Money Mike in Friday After Next. Williams has also been arrested five times in the last three months.
Two lanes will be closed at the Jefferson Barracks Bridge as crews work to replace and expansion joint. The workers are expected to continue their work until midnight.
KTRS's Michael Golde is on the scene and reports that the protesters' goal was to get arrested. They hope to draw attention to what they believe is a unfair deal concerning their pension and health benefits.
Peabody's Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Vic Svec, says this is a matter between Patriot coal and the United Mine Workers of America. Many of the former miners at the protest, worked for Patriot Coal. They argue that Peabody Energy made Patriot Coal a separate company that was never supposed to succeed. They accuse Peabody of "fraudulent conveyance,” or transfer of money with the intent to hurt creditors, but that charge must be proved to hold Peabody liable for potential losses in retirement benefits.
There were also miners arrested at another protest of Peabody last month. The protest remains peaceful and those miners arrested were very cordial with police, even shaking hands with the arresting officers.
In brief remarks to reporters in Chicago on Wednesday, the Carbondale Democrat refused to go into detail about her future plans.
She says she will make another announcement in a few months.
Simon says she informed Gov. Pat Quinn of her decision in December. Quinn has said he'll seek re-election.
Simon is a former law professor and prosecutor. A brief statement released before her news conference highlighted her legal background.
In that written statement, Simon also said she wants to serve the people of Illinois in a role where she can have "an even greater impact."
Simon was first elected lieutenant governor in 2010.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Law enforcement officers are looking for a Springfield man who managed to escape a patrol car while in handcuffs.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Nicholas Ray Gamblin fled last Wednesday. He was in the patrol car after being taken into custody for allegedly stealing a truck and gathering chemicals to make methamphetamine.
Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jason Pace says the officer double locked the handcuffs behind Gamblin's back and put him in the front seat of the patrol car.
Gamblin fled when the trooper began searching the pickup truck.
The Springfield News-Leader reports an in-car camera showed the man turned around in the seat, opened the door behind his back and ran from the vehicle.
LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) - Though just in business since 2006, a small doughnut shop in northeast Missouri has already topped the one million sold mark.
The Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig reports that Daybreak Donuts and Diner in Louisiana, Mo., recently reached the milestone. Owner Shaun Ross knows because he keeps detailed records on how many doughnuts he cuts each day on a coffee-stained spiral notebook.
When the millionth doughnut rolled around last month, it only made sense that frequent customer Kevin Tarpein be the recipient. Because Tarpein wasn't in that day due to a medical procedure, the staff delivered the chocolate-iced long john to him.
Missouri law currently bans drivers under 21 from texting while driving, but not those who are older. Democratic State Rep. Michele Kratky has introduced a bill that would change that.
Kratky says that looking down to send a text message is unsafe for drivers of all ages
"It's almost like having a blindfold on while you're driving," Kratky said. "And I don't think that's very safe for the citizens of the state of Missouri."
Kratky's bill, HB 394, would allow for hand free texting.
Only 11 states still allow at least some drivers to text and drive.