Saudi Arabia Halts Travel to Islam’s Holiest Site Over Virus

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has halted travel to Islam’s holiest sites over fears about a new viral epidemic months ahead of the hajj pilgrimage. The extraordinary decision stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina. The decision shows the concern about the outbreak potentially…

Man charged with killing Missouri community center co-worker

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a part-time janitor has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting and killing a co-worker at a crowded suburban St. Louis community center before a police officer rushed inside and exchanged gunfire with the shooter. The suspect, 30-year-old Michael J. Honkomp, was seriously wounded. Maryland Heights police Chief…

Sheriffs: Illinois Halts Transfer of Some Facing Deportation

Springfield, IL (AP) — The Illinois Sheriffs Association says some violent felons who had faced deportation are instead being released into local communities after their prison terms end as a result of a policy change by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration. The sheriffs said Tuesday they object to ending the Department of Corrections’ practice of allowing…

Victim Identified in Maryland Height’s Community Center shooting

Maryland Heights, Mo.(KTRS) We’re learning more about the fatal shooting inside of the Maryland Heights Community Center last night. Police Chief Bill Carson provided an update during a morning news conference. Carson said the 30-year-old suspect worked for the city as a part-time janitor.  The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Maria Lucas of Olivette.…