Rauner picks new lottery director

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a gaming industry veteran to lead the Illinois Lottery. The Republican governor filed paperwork Friday with the Illinois Secretary of State to appoint B.R. Lane as superintendent of the lottery system. Lane is a former executive with an Indiana-based computerized gaming company called International Game Technology. He…

Police: Man admitted to selling marijuana

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) – Police say a traffic stop last year in St. Louis County ended in an unexpected admission. The incident occurred in July of 2014. Police pulled over James Redmond for having improper license plates. The officer said as he approached the car, he could smell marijuana. Redmond admitted to smoking marijuana…

Alton man sentenced to 50 years in cousin’s shooting death

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – An Alton man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted in the shooting death of his cousin. Madison Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli handed down the sentenced against 24-year-old Damond Riddlespriger on Tuesday following his January conviction on a charge of first-degree murder. Authorities say Riddlespriger shot 22-year-old…

MoDOT warns of deteriorating bridge conditons

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The number of Missouri bridges in poor condition is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade as state funding declines. State transportation commissioners were told Tuesday that Missouri currently has 600 bridges on state highways that are rated in poor or critical condition but are not in Missouri’s five-year…

University City Fire Claims Three Lives

University City, MO (KTRS) – A woman and two children pulled from a house fire on Roth Ave. in University City Wednesday night, have died from their injuries. University City Fire Chief Adam Long said the fire appeared to be caused by a space heater. Investigators have identified the victims as 78-year-old Mamie Williams and siblings, 6-year-old…