MoDOT wants ideas for improvements to Interstate 70

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Facing limited funding and a cross-state highway in need of improvements, the Missouri Department of Transportation is asking for suggestions from the public on ways to turn Interstate 70 into a “highway of the future.” Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Commission, said Wednesday the transportation…

Tamms prison likely to remain closed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Little support seems to exist for reopening a super-maximum prison in southern Illinois that has been closed for more than two years. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports (http://bit.ly/1KedlNW) the notorious Tamms prison remains shut down despite an effort from at least one Illinois lawmaker to push Illinois Gov. Bruce…

Illinois Marine among 8 dead in Nepal helicopter crash

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – A U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer from Illinois is among the eight dead who were aboard a Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal. Officials identified the victims Sunday. Cpl. Sara A. Medina, a combat photographer with Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan, and a native of…