Illinois Police Increasing Patrols Over New Year’s Holiday

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Illinois authorities are stepping up traffic enforcement and reminding motorists to drive sober over the New Year’s holiday. Illinois State Police say they’re joining with the Illinois Department of Transportation and nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies to add patrols and keep roads safe. The extra enforcement started Thursday and continues…

Incoming Missouri Attorney General Schmitt Filling In Staff

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s incoming Attorney General Eric Schmitt is tapping a former assistant U.S. attorney to lead criminal litigation in the office. Schmitt on Thursday announced he’s picking Cristian Stevens to be deputy attorney general for criminal litigation. That means Stevens will lead the office’s criminal divisions. The Missouri attorney general’s office…

Internet Provider Aims To Expand Rural Broadband In Midwest

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An Illinois-based internet provider is planning to spur broadband development in rural areas across five states in the central U.S. Wisper ISP Inc. is set to receive money from the Federal Communication Commission for broadband development in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas. The company’s largest project is in Missouri, where…