Flood Damage Assessments Start Monday In Three Illinois Counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal and state officials are scheduled to conduct damage assessments in three Illinois counties after flooding damaged or destroyed more than 120 homes last month. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office said Friday that teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration would start…

Trump Lauds Firing Of Ex-Top FBI Official As ‘Great Day’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has fired Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director who was a regular target of President Donald Trump’s anger and criticism, just two days before McCabe’s scheduled retirement date. McCabe suggested the move was part of the Trump administration’s “war on the…

Man Jailed in Shooting at Chesterfield Couple’s Home Charged with Sexual Assault of Wife

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTRS) Charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and armed criminal action have been filed against Phillip Stroisch, the Overland man who was also charged last week with shooting into a Chesterfield home and injuring a couple. The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office lists a half-dozen charges of sodomy among the 21 charges, which include…

Fire Warnings Issued For Six States In Nation’s Midsection

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued fire warnings for six states in the nation’s midsection. The Red Flag warnings issued Friday include most of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southeastern Missouri. Oklahoma Forestry Services has already requested and received firefighters and equipment from Alabama,…

Bridge Collapse Puts Spotlight On Rapid Building Technique

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school’s Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up…

Fallen Bridge: ‘Stress Test’ Preceded Collapse That Killed Six

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University had been put to a “stress test” and its cables were being tightened when it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said. As state and federal investigators worked to determine…