Federal Funding Expands Housing Counseling in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Five Illinois cities will receive federal funding to help people find quality housing or keep current homes. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $47 million in housing counseling grants Monday. Illinois will receive $1.4 million of that to assist nearly 53,000 households . HUD counseling money will go to Carlinville,…

Trump Threatens Honduran Caravan that’s Moved into Guatemala

By SONIA PEREZ D. ,  Associated Press ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of Hondurans hoping to reach the United States bedded down for the night in the Guatemalan town of Esquipulas after that country’s authorities blinked first in attempts to halt their advance. U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, threatened on Tuesday to cut aid to Honduras…

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  A robber got more than he bargained for when he held up a Taco Bell in south St. Louis with a BB gun. On Saturday, police say the suspect demanded money from the cashier at the Taco Bell on Hampton. After the cashier complied, the suspect tried to rob a customer, who…

Ripley’s Duck Boat Companies Looking For Legal Loopholes

(Associated Press) Companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people are invoking an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages. But the companies also say they’re seeking settlement negotiations with victims’ family members. Attorneys for Ripley Entertainment Inc., and Missouri-based…

McCaskill Brings In Another $8.5M For Senate Re-Election Bid

By SUMMER BALLENTINE , Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Data released Monday shows Missouri’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill brought in $7.8 million in roughly two months for her tough re-election bid, breaking records and raising nearly double what her Republican opponent did. McCaskill’s haul appears to break Missouri records for U.S. Senate…