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6 pm news

Cahokia girls track coach Dowell honored by state coaches

2015-01-27 18:51:00

On the walls of the cramped office of Cahokia High School athletic director Roscoe Dowell are a few souveniers of past achievements of Comanches athletic teams.

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US attorney in Chicago announces new cartel charges

2015-01-27 18:31:00

Prosecutors in Chicago have announced new charges against alleged operatives with a Mexican cartel hours after two major traffickers got sharply reduced sentences for becoming informants against that cartel.

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Crimes involving children increasing in St. Louis area

2015-01-27 18:25:37
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Highland mayor is recovering after fall, surgery

2015-01-27 18:14:00
HIGHLAND ? Highland Mayor Joseph Michaelis is recuperating from surgery he underwent after falling at his home Sunday night. Read Full Story ...

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

2015-01-27 18:14:00
The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing that Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. Read Full Story ...

Man arrested in Kentucky for Jan. 22 kidnapping of man in Kansas City

2015-01-27 18:11:00
The victim, 67, managed to escape his captors in Jennings  Read Full Story ...

Purse thefts at Belleville Walmart increasing, police warn

2015-01-27 18:08:43
Police in Belleville want all shoppers to know that there has been an increase in purse thefts at a local Wal-Mart. Read Full Story ...

5 pm news

Suspect arrested in connection with crime spree across Mo.

2015-01-27 17:47:59
Several hours after a Kansas City man returned home from an eight-hour carjacking, kidnapping and robbery ordeal, one of his abductors walked away from a Kentucky highway exit where he wrecked the victim's van. Read Full Story ...

Missouri attorney general calls for limits on use of body-cam footage

2015-01-27 17:22:00
Chris Koster urges lawmakers to bar the footage from being used to make money or to exploit those it depicts. Read Full Story ...

Walmart customer fights back when robber tries to steal her purse

2015-01-27 17:16:23
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School of Dental Medicine to Increase Care for Children with Special Needs

2015-01-27 17:08:52

Bell-DrThe Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) is proud to announce that starting immediately, the School will increase dental services offered to children with special needs.

Through a partnership with the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF) and Touchette Regional Hospital, SIU SDM will have access to the hospital in Centreville to provide dental services to children with special needs who require sedation for completion of care. Additionally, SIU SDM will begin offering a broader range of dental treatment for special needs children at the School?s patient clinics.

In order to develop the growth of this program, the SIU SDM recently hired Dr. Andrea Bell to serve as a dental anesthesiologist. Bell received her DMD degree from the SIU SDM in 2007. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Bell completed a post-doctoral general practice – medical track residency, as well as a dental anesthesiology residency, at Stony Brook Medicine in Stony Brook, N.Y.

?It is extremely exciting to fully realize this development at the School of Dental Medicine,? explained Dr. Bruce Rotter, SIU SDM dean. ?Through this partnership with SIHF and Touchette, as well as the recent hiring of Dr. Bell, the School of Dental Medicine will be able to expand services to special needs children with a higher level of complexity than we can currently serve. This is a positive development for both the School and the community.?

Early in January 2015, Bell was granted the necessary medical staff privileges at Touchette Regional Hospital and will soon begin serving patients at the hospital. The partnership with the hospital will allow the School to expand their services to provide treatment for fully sedated special needs children. SIU SDM will have access to a second operating room in the hospital, which will be available weekly for dental treatment to special needs children.

As this partnership develops, SIU SDM students and SIHF staff will coordinate to develop an educational program, which will be delivered to the parents of special needs children. The program will describe the importance of regular tooth brushing and positive oral habits to be displayed by children.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at its patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 10,000 people annually through a wide variety of off-campus community outreach events. These opportunities provide students the training they need to graduate and become highly skilled dentists. The School of Dental Medicine is a vital oral health care provider for residents of southern and central Illinois, and the St. Louis metropolitan region.

 Photo:  Dr. Andrea Bell, SIU SDM dental anesthesiologist.

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Blunt leading Republicans on immigration fight

2015-01-27 17:00:00
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St. Elizabeth's Hospital's relocation bid falls one vote short of approval

2015-01-27 17:00:00
But administrators are confident they'll ultimately secure state approval to move from Belleville to O'Fallon, Ill. Read Full Story ...

4 pm news

Southwestern Illinois man ordered to prison in molestations

2015-01-27 16:56:00

A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend at least five years in prison for molesting six children.

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Months after family dog attack, parents charged in infant's death

2015-01-27 16:55:53
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Riverfront Times parent hires firm to explore sale, acquisition of publishing assets

2015-01-27 16:48:00
Company owns alternative publications in a dozen U.S. cities. Read Full Story ...

Rauner previews 'right to work zones' as first-year priority

2015-01-27 16:40:00

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says one of his priorities for his first year in office will be creating so-called "right to work zones" in the traditionally union-friendly state.

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University City to put streets, parks proposals before voters

2015-01-27 16:30:00
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Drone Crash (Nate Beeler)
2015-01-27 16:27:17 CagleCartoons

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Illinois State student hit by vehicle dies

2015-01-27 16:25:00

Illinois State University and the McLean County coroner say an ISU student has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

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Pizza delivery driver robbed in Belleville

2015-01-27 16:16:35
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Assistant director temporarily takes St. Louis Municipal League's top post

2015-01-27 16:15:00
Steve Ables said he doesn't know if he'll apply to keep the job. Read Full Story ...

Emergency repairs force Wednesday shutdown of 6-mile stretch of Hwy. 94

2015-01-27 16:07:00
Hwy. 94 between routes D and DD will close at 8 a.m. and reopen by 4 p.m. Read Full Story ...

Emergency repairs force Wednesday closure of stretch of Hwy. 94

2015-01-27 16:07:00
Hwy. 94 between routes D and DD will close at 8 a.m. and reopen by 4 p.m. Read Full Story ...

209K Missourians sign up for health care on federal exchange

2015-01-27 16:02:58
Nearly 38 percent more Missourians than last year have signed up for health insurance under the federal exchange. Read Full Story ...

3 pm news

Blizzard that wasn't (Jimmy Margulies)
2015-01-27 15:57:02 CagleCartoons

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Missouri Democratic House member switches to independent

2015-01-27 15:55:00

Missouri state Rep. Keith English of Florissant is leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent.

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New Athens girls crack Top 10 state rankings; Edwardsville girls fifth

2015-01-27 15:54:00

After 21 straight wins this season without a loss, the New Athens girls basketball team broke into the Associated Press state rankings as the No. 7 team in Class 1A.

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St. Elizabeth's Hospital project tentatively denied

2015-01-27 15:34:43
The state of Illinois has tentatively denied a plan to build a new St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Read Full Story ...

Warren County woman suing 'hill hoppers' after crash

2015-01-27 15:34:40
A Warren County woman is suing the driver of a vehicle that hit her almost two years ago. Read Full Story ...

Missouri man admits failing to begin prison term for fraud

2015-01-27 15:31:00

A St. Louis man faces up to a decade in federal prison after admitting he failed to report to begin serving a 366-day sentence for stealing from his former employer.

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Alexis Tsipras (Marian Kemensky)
2015-01-27 15:26:14 CagleCartoons

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U.S. House again passes Wagner sex advertising prohibition

2015-01-27 15:00:00
Opponents raise questions about mandatory minimum sentences. Read Full Story ...

2 pm news

Pine Lawn mayor accused of more extortion

2015-01-27 14:45:00
ST. LOUIS ? Pine Lawn Mayor Sylvester Caldwell, indicted last year in federal court on charges that he extorted money from a towing firm, is now accused of an extorting a convenience store. Read Full Story ...

Judge grants extension in Illinois prison crowding case

2015-01-27 14:35:00

A judge has given attorneys for the state of Illinois another month to review a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit about overcrowding at a southern Illinois prison.

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White House and drones (Dave Granlund)
2015-01-27 14:31:31 CagleCartoons

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Pruitt-Igoe film set for Feb. 4 screening at SLU

2015-01-27 14:30:00
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Nixon administration says it could take action on Rams stadium without legislative input

2015-01-27 14:30:00
Administration officials said they believe Nixon has the authority, but that doesn't mean such action is planned.  Read Full Story ...

Suspect charged in murders of Georgia couple answering ad for classic car

2015-01-27 14:27:00
The couple had posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a classic car.  Read Full Story ...

St. Louis aldermen to hold hearing on civilian oversight board of police department

2015-01-27 14:15:00
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Crystal City Underground dispute makes its way to court

2015-01-27 14:15:00
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Twin drug informant tells Chicago judge he's 'ashamed'

2015-01-27 14:11:00

One of a pair of twin brothers sentenced to 14 years in prison for running a drug ring told a Chicago federal judge he's ashamed, embarrassed and regretful.

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County fee increases produce backlash
2015-01-27 14:10:00
Need a marriage license? A copy of your birth certificate?  It?ll cost you more for those, and more, when an increase in several county user fees kick in on March 1. Read Full Story ...

Missouri bill would shield human trafficking victims' info

2015-01-27 14:06:00

The Missouri secretary of state is pushing a bill that would allow the state to keep human trafficking victims' addresses secret.

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Parties agree to early settlement
2015-01-27 14:00:00
If there was one thing that everyone in Judge Andy Matoesian?s courtroom could agree on it was that the afternoon of Friday, June 7, 2013, was a terrible day for Ronald Walsh. Read Full Story ...

1 pm news

Gibault getting big-time production from forward from a tiny town

2015-01-27 13:48:00

Gibault Hawks junior forward Brian Deterding has a much easier time negotiating a path to the basket than trying to explain to friends and teammates exactly where he lives.

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South section of Leonor K. Sullivan to open under Arch

2015-01-27 13:48:00
The road, which runs along the Mississippi River under the Gateway Arch, has been under construction since November 2013. Read Full Story ...

Stolen Vehicle (Mike Keefe)
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Google announces next four cities getting Google Fiber

2015-01-27 13:41:00
They are Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham ? all in the South. Read Full Story ...

Gas prices break 123-day losing streak with a half-penny rise

2015-01-27 13:25:00
Prices are up in two regions of the U.S. since last week, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast. Read Full Story ...

Two finalists named for superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant schools

2015-01-27 13:10:00
The Ferguson-Florissant School School Board has announced two finalists for the superintendent position, both from out of state with some years of experience at the helm of a district. Read Full Story ...

Library offering four clubs for movie lovers

2015-01-27 13:05:00
Movie lovers, rejoice! Thanks to new movie clubs at the Glen Carbon Library, you can now enjoy the movie-going experience for free. Read Full Story ...

Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is no longer viewed as inevitable

2015-01-27 13:01:00
Unclear whether the Justice Deparmtent and the FCC will give Comcast their blessing. Read Full Story ...

Art club takes shape in Holiday Shores
2015-01-27 13:00:00
In 2013, Holiday Shores resident Cindy Manos decided to use her formal training as a graphic artist and give back to the community by developing an art club for children. The idea gained popularity an Read Full Story ...

12 pm news

Group helping train minority candidates in painting industry

2015-01-27 12:57:41
A unique push is taking place in St. Louis to train local minority candidates for good jobs in the painting industry. Read Full Story ...

Mayor of Highland suffers serious spinal injuries in fall

2015-01-27 12:51:00

The mayor of the southern Illinois city of Highland has suffered serious injuries to his spine.

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Parents charged in dog attack that killed St. Charles County toddler

2015-01-27 12:45:00
Deriah Solem died of her injuries Aug. 9, two days after she was attacked by the 80-pound pit bull mix. Read Full Story ...

Terrorist Snow (Larry Wright)
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Mo. Democrats lose another member, English becomes Independent

2015-01-27 12:41:00
JEFFERSON CITY ? Missouri House Democrats lost another member Tuesday, bringing their total number in the House to 44. Read Full Story ...

Guns N' Hoses announcing fight card Wednesday

2015-01-27 12:35:51
The fight card for the 28th annual Budweiser Guns N' Hoses will be announced Wednesday at The Precinct Sports Bar & Grill. Read Full Story ...

Brodeur to announce retirement

2015-01-27 12:30:00
Hall of Fame-bound goalie had filled in with Blues while Elliott was hurt. Read Full Story ...

State lawmaker introduces bill to cut officeholders' pay

2015-01-27 12:26:00

An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut the pay of elected officeholders by 10 percent.

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Illinois regulators take first step to deny St. Elizabeth's replacement hospital

2015-01-27 12:20:00
The project needed five votes to move forward. Read Full Story ...

Criminal charges even though punishment imposed

2015-01-27 12:10:00
Question: My son was charged after he got caught drinking under age.  He was at school at the time, and his college wound up putting him on probation and making him do a lot of other things in order t Read Full Story ...

Woodson appointed Director of Community Health and the Environment

2015-01-27 12:06:51
A press release Tuesday announced that County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed Hope Woodson as Director of the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment Read Full Story ...

Project Homeless Connect event set

2015-01-27 12:05:00
The seventh annual Madison County Project Homeless Connect, a daylong event conducted by the Madison County Partnership To End Homelessness that helps people experiencing or who are at risk of becomin Read Full Story ...

Nicklaus: Tax break for the rich fails efficiency and fairness tests

2015-01-27 12:00:00
Obama wants to end capital gains step-up at death, but Congress is unlikely to agree. Read Full Story ...

11 am news

Fairview Heights police to crack down on drunk driving this weekend

2015-01-27 11:47:45
Police in Fairview Heights, Illinois say they will conduct special patrols to crack down on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators throughout Super Bowl weekend. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis moving to take down homeless tent city

2015-01-27 11:46:00

A large homeless encampment near downtown St. Louis will soon be torn down due to health and safety concerns, but the city's Human Services director says officials will work with…

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Judge rebuffs East St. Louis bid to retake housing authority

2015-01-27 11:41:00

A federal judge has blocked an effort by East St. Louis to regain control of its public housing agency.

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Amarillo fires contractor that vanished from Missouri city

2015-01-27 11:37:00

A Texas-based contractor that mysteriously left its offices in a tornado-stricken Missouri city has now lost its contracts with the city of Amarillo.

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Woman and her 7-year-old son shot in St. Louis

2015-01-27 11:36:00

St. Louis police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy went to school with a gunshot wound, and his mother went to a hospital with a gunshot wound of her own.

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Bernie: More twists in the Rams-LA game

2015-01-27 11:35:00
Latest story on the possible relocation of the Rams reinforces some unfortunate conclusions. Namely, that the NFL can't be trusted, and that nothing the league says should surprise fans in St. Louis. Read Full Story ...

collective memory (Joep Bertrams)
2015-01-27 11:28:20 CagleCartoons

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Hope Woodson named new St. Charles County health director

2015-01-27 11:22:00
The longtime health department official had been acting director since last summer. Read Full Story ...

Letter from Washington - Dusting, Delay, and Business as Usual

2015-01-27 11:15:00
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Letter from Washington ? dusting, delay and business as usual

2015-01-27 11:15:00
Juno mostly misses D.C. but still has effect  Read Full Story ...

Peabody cuts quarterly loss as coal mining costs decline

2015-01-27 11:00:00
But 2014 loss exceeds prior years, and coal miner cuts dividend to save cash.  Read Full Story ...

Passenger totals drop 1.5 percent at Lambert in 2014

2015-01-27 11:00:00
Airport officials blame last year's winter storms. Read Full Story ...

10 am news

Suburban Chicago resident has confirmed case of measles

2015-01-27 10:57:00

Illinois public health officials say a suburban Chicago resident has a confirmed case of measles.

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Breakfast with Bernie: Are Rams interested in QB Nick Foles?

2015-01-27 10:45:00
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Police ID man found shot to death in St. Louis' 15th homicide of the year

2015-01-27 10:45:00
A man was found shot to death near Cabanne Avenue and Goodfellow Boulevard at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. Read Full Story ...

Suspect captured by police shortly after shooting

2015-01-27 10:41:23
A suspect is in custody after allegedly shooting a man who was walking in the 1300 block of Hodiamont on Monday. Read Full Story ...

2015-01-27 10:37:18 CagleCartoons

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Time may be running out for Sycamore's penny parking meters

2015-01-27 10:32:00

Sycamore's penny parking meters may be running out of time because the city is running out of timers to fix them.

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SIUE Tabs Mario Sanchez as Men?s Soccer Head Coach

2015-01-27 10:27:31


SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt has announced Mario Sanchez as the new Cougars men?s soccer head coach. Sanchez becomes the seventh head coach in program history.

?We were fortunate in our candidate pool,? Hewitt said. ?We had applicants from every major soccer conference in the country. Ultimately, we felt Mario was the best fit for the program.?

Sanchez comes to SIUE after most recently serving as the associate head coach at the University of Louisville.

?My family and I would like to thank Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and Dr. Brad Hewitt for allowing me the opportunity to lead the SIUE men?s soccer program,? Sanchez said. ?I am looking forward to continuing the success of the men?s soccer program built through the previous head coaches and all of the alumni who have helped shape the culture of success for the program.?

Sanchez takes over an SIUE program that is coming off its most successful season since returning to NCAA Division I play. The Cougars won their first Missouri Valley Conference title in 2014 and advanced to the NCAA tournament where they defeated Northwestern in the first round, before falling on the road at No. 18 California, 1-0.

Sanchez succeeds co-Head Coaches David Korn and Brian Jones. Korn remains on staff as the program’s associate head coach. Jones departed SIUE for a position with Saint Louis FC, a United Soccer League (USL) Professional side.

Sanchez served on Louisville?s staff for Head Coach Ken Lolla, including the past three seasons as the associate head coach. Prior to joining the staff at Louisville, Sanchez spent four seasons as the head coach at UNLV. Sanchez previously worked under Lolla for three seasons at the University of Akron.

The 1999 graduate of Fresno State began his coaching career at his alma mater. Sanchez was an assistant coach at Fresno State from 1999 to 2003 before the school eliminated its men?s soccer program.

With Sanchez on staff, Louisville made five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to at least the second round in each appearance. In 2010, the Cardinals made their only College Cup Final appearance during Sanchez’s first season on the bench, where the team, ironically, bowed out to Akron 1-0.

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Ferguson-related office wants to double staff next year

2015-01-27 10:12:00
JEFFERSON CITY ? Lawmakers still are balking at how an office created in the wake of Ferguson was funded this year -- even as Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the Legislature to double its staff and i… Read Full Story ...

Missouri panel endorses limits to unemployment benefits

2015-01-27 10:04:42
A Missouri bill to link the length of unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate has approval from a House panel. Read Full Story ...

9 am news

More surveillance video of Ferguson area looting

2015-01-27 09:53:00

St. Louis County police are once again seeking the public's help in identifying people involved in looting on the night it was announced that Ferguson officer Darren Wilson would not…

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St. Louis County Assessor Zimmerman to run for Missouri AG

2015-01-27 09:38:11
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman says he is running for attorney general in 2016. Read Full Story ...

Murder trial delayed again for former Illinois prosecutor

2015-01-27 09:38:00

The trial for a former Adams County prosecutor charged with killing his first wife has been delayed again.

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Boy turns up at St. Louis school with minor gunshot wound, mother also shot

2015-01-27 09:33:00
A 7-year-old boy turned up at a St. Louis Language Immersion school with a minor gunshot leg and his mother showed up at St. Louis University Hospital with a gunshot wound Tuesday morning. Read Full Story ...

Longtime Naperville mayor gives last State of City address

2015-01-27 09:28:00

The longtime mayor of Naperville has given his 20th and final State of the City address.

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Woman taken to hospital after being shot in South City

2015-01-27 09:08:14
A woman was taken to a hospital after being shot in South City Tuesday morning. Read Full Story ...

Man dies after being hit by bus on Kansas City highway

2015-01-27 09:03:00

Police say a man died when he was hit by a city bus on a highway in central Kansas City.

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8 am news

Anti austerity Doctor (Paresh Nath)
2015-01-27 08:56:13 CagleCartoons

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Indo US nuclear deal (Paresh Nath)
2015-01-27 08:54:12 CagleCartoons

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Blizzard howls its way into Boston but largely spares NYC

2015-01-27 08:54:00
Total accumulation was expected to hit or pass 2 feet in most of Massachusetts.  Read Full Story ...

Dollar and Euro (Paresh Nath)
2015-01-27 08:51:13 CagleCartoons

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Justice for under trials (Paresh Nath)
2015-01-27 08:49:28 CagleCartoons

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Nigeria scenario (Paresh Nath)
2015-01-27 08:45:04 CagleCartoons

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Man missing since October found dead in river

2015-01-27 08:43:00

The body of a southeast Missouri man missing since October has been found, and foul play is suspected.

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SIUE Alumni Association Hosts ?Launching Your Career Search? Event

2015-01-27 08:29:41

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association is hosting a professional development event to help jumpstart your career search. ?Launching Your Career Search? will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 6-8 p.m. in Birger Hall at SIUE.

The event will feature accomplished presenters, who are all SIUE alumni, on the topics of writing an effective resume, LinkedIn secrets and tricks and current interviewing strategies.

Participants will also be offered free professional headshots, taken by photographer Colby Craig BS?11. Photos will be taken in the lounge in Birger Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Presenters include Michelle Swanson BA?05, a professional resume writer and job search strategist and owner of Swanson Career Solutions. Notably, Swanson is the only person worldwide to be certified as both a Nationally Certified Resume Writer and a Certified Executive Resume Master.

Brittany K. Anderson MPA?12 will discuss basic interviewing skills and negotiating the job. With a background in the legal sector, the freelance writer is well-versed in recruiting practices and processes.

Following the presentations, Swanson and Anderson will be available for brief resume critiquing. In addition, each presenter will offer discounted services to event participants after February 10.

The event is free of charge for SIUE students and $10 for SIUE Alumni. Register here.

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Nixon administration could take action on Rams stadium without Legislative input

2015-01-27 08:28:00
JEFFERSON CITY ? Gov. Jay Nixon could issue bonds for a new St. Louis Rams stadium without approval by the Legislature -- but he hasn't yet. Read Full Story ...

Virtual Classroom Prepares SIUE Students for Real-Life Instruction

2015-01-27 08:25:17

teaching to avatars 01-08-15At first glance, it looks like a video game: five avatars sitting at desks, carrying on conversations and demonstrating a multitude of behaviors. But these animations are not as robotic as one may expect. Each avatar is precisely programmed to act and react as students would in a live classroom setting.

At the controls of this virtual classroom are Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students pursuing a degree in education. The technology is called TeachLivE? and employs the idea of virtual simulation. View video here.

?We?re approximating what it?s going to be like in a classroom setting,? said Susanne James, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders at SIUE. ?We allow our pre-service and in-service teachers to try new teaching strategies in a way that?s less threatening and offers immediate feedback.?

TeachLivE? was started at the University of Central Florida, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin. SIUE is the first and only university in Illinois using this advanced technology.

?We can talk until we?re blue in the face sometimes about what is good, effective instructional practice, and hope students can employ those techniques in the real classroom,? James explained. ?But with TeachLivE?, they have the opportunity to practice it, receive immediate coaching and feedback and then try it again.

?By employing TeachLivE? in the SIUE School of Education, we are meeting the demands of the federal government to improve how we prepare teachers for the realities of the classroom.?

?This program provides another opportunity for SIUE students to practice what they have learned in the classroom,? added Curt Lox, dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. ?I envision this technology playing a major role in our teacher preparation programs in the near future.?

At SIUE, the program is funded primarily through grants, which cover the cost of the interaction time. This is an hourly cost covering the time of an individual at the University Central Florida who is trained in adolescent behavior. The individual specifically programs the avatars for each session.

According to James, the hardware costs are minimal, since the program runs with the use of an Xbox Kinect, a desktop computer, a web camera and Skype.

?You walk in and you meet five students: CJ, Sean, Ed, Maria and Kevin,? James described. ?This is an academically diverse, culturally diverse classroom with five individuals who are pretty typical of what you would see in a middle school or high school setting, as far as their behaviors.?

Markers are placed on the floor to mirror the arrangement of the avatars on the screen. The student teacher then interacts with the avatar students by walking toward specific markers. The virtual classroom moves with the motions of the teacher, and students respond real-time to the teacher?s specific instructions and interaction.

?As an instructor, I can change the level of behavior of each student, from being mildly distracted to pretty aggressive,? James said.

?I can also determine different pedagogical approaches that I want the teacher to employ. So if it?s student talk time or student feedback, the avatars will react to whatever it is that the pre-service teacher is saying and doing within the simulation environment.?

The ability to tailor each interaction allows every student to have a personalized experience in the virtual classroom. Sessions can be paused by an instructor at any time. This gives faculty the ability to provide instant feedback so students can adjust to demonstrate best practice techniques.

?What we?ve found, and what the research has found, is that after just a couple minutes, students really start acting like they?re in a real classroom, with real kids, because the students are responding to them,? said Wendy Fuchs, associate professor and special education program director.

?It really increases their effectiveness and their comfort in the classroom, and their comfort with the content,? Fuchs added.

Undergraduate Brittany Thompson said the TeachLivE? virtual classroom gave her a unique opportunity to perfect her teaching techniques.

?I was able to experiment and determine, what?s working? What?s not working?? Thompson explained. ?The repetition was really beneficial for me.?

Thompson?s virtual experience helped her transition more smoothly into a real classroom placement.

?All of the students have their own personalities,? Thompson said. ?They?re applicable to real life. In every placement I?ve been, I think I could pick out a CJ. I could pick out a Sean.?

In spring 2015, TeachLivE? will be used in the master?s program at SIUE.

?I received a dean?s grant that will pay for interaction time where we will have an avatar student approximate different assessment measures,? James said. ?I will get to dictate what miscues and errors students should make in the simulation lab. Then graduate students will be able to record that assessment and use it as they prepare their assessment record.?

TeachLivE??s virtual offerings include an adult avatar that can approximate a parent-teacher conference or a teaching position interview. An avatar trained in the behaviors of autism is also available. TeachLivE? plans to expand its technology to include preschool and elementary settings, as well as an English language learner setting.

View a video of the virtual classroom at SIUE here.

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Kansas City area to get 1,001 electric car chargers

2015-01-27 08:23:00

Kansas City Power & Light says it's planning to spend about $20 million to install 1,001 public electric car chargers will make the Kansas City region one of the best…

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Missouri man missing since October found dead in river

2015-01-27 08:13:00
Kenneth Willard, 53, had disappeared while on a hunting trip; he died of a gunshot wound to the head.  Read Full Story ...

Why you couldn't get on Facebook or Instagram this morning

2015-01-27 08:10:00
The temporary loss of service may be Facebook's biggest outage since Sept. 24, 2010, when it was down for about 2.5 hours. Read Full Story ...

New video of post-grand jury looting released by St. Louis County police

2015-01-27 08:04:00
Video and still images released each week as police work through a backlog. Read Full Story ...

7 am news

26 defendants indicted in Kansas City-to-Mexico drug ring

2015-01-27 07:37:00

Federal prosecutors say 26 people have been indicted in an alleged $16 million drug-trafficking operation between Mexico and Kansas City.

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YouTube branding at the White House

2015-01-27 07:30:00
Internet `content creators' are landing interviews that White House reporters can't get. Read Full Story ...

Man arrested in Springfield, Mo., police officer's shooting

2015-01-27 07:30:00
The officer was shot Monday; the suspect was caught less than a block from where the shooting occurred.  Read Full Story ...

UMSL deal a lifeline for Normandie Golf Club

2015-01-27 07:30:00
Walters group to continue running club for 10 years with no big changes right away. Read Full Story ...

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3 charged in fatal shooting in southeast Missouri

2015-01-27 07:02:00

Three men are charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a southeast Missouri man.

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6 am news

Dozens of officers plan to attend Child Safety Day training

2015-01-27 06:56:14
Officers from 23 different municipalities and departments on both sides of the river will come together on Tuesday for an event sponsored by Child Safety Day. Read Full Story ...

Two Minnesota police officers shot after being sworn in; gunman dead

2015-01-27 06:45:00
Both of the new officers shot Monday night are expected to recover.  Read Full Story ...

Teen snow-tubing on New York street hits light pole and dies

2015-01-27 06:32:00
Police said the boy, 17, lost control of the tube.  Read Full Story ...

Two men charged in St. Clair County are connected to downtown St. Louis murder, officials say

2015-01-27 06:25:00
Aza Thompson and Tony Ross, both from East St. Louis, are being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail each. Read Full Story ...

Dentons, Dacheng merge to create world's biggest law firm

2015-01-27 06:16:00
New firm, which has office in St. Louis, employs 6,500 lawyers in 50 nations. Read Full Story ...

Suspects sought after vehicle break-ins outside North County bar

2015-01-27 06:11:18
Multiple vehicles were broken into early Tuesday morning outside a bar in North County, according to police. Read Full Story ...

Man found shot to death in St. Louis

2015-01-27 06:08:00
A man was found shot to death near Cabanne Avenue and Goodfellow Boulevard at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. Read Full Story ...

5 am news

Police release surveillance video of burglary following grand jury announcement

2015-01-27 05:40:35
On Tuesday, the St. Louis County Police Department released video showing seven people burglarizing Mickey?s Shop N? Gas Store on November 25. Read Full Story ...

4 am news

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

2015-01-27 04:42:00

For years, ex-CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling was the one under indictment but prosecutors' primary focus of pursuit was journalist Jeffrey Risen.

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Illinois woman steers bus to safety after driver collapses

2015-01-27 04:42:00

A 48-year-old Illinois woman is considered a hero by many after preventing a serious tour bus accident in Kenosha County after the driver suffered a medical emergency.

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Springfield police say man arrested in officer's shooting

2015-01-27 04:32:00

Springfield police say they have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of an officer.

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Man gets 27 years in burglary, child sex assault case

2015-01-27 04:32:00

A judge has sentenced a Lake St. Louis man to 27 years in prison following his conviction of burglary and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

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St. Louis reaches 15 homicides

2015-01-27 04:20:24
The city has reached 15 homicides just before 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Read Full Story ...

EXCHANGE: Rock Falls school offers shop class

2015-01-27 04:07:00

The smell of sawdust and the sound of nails being drilled into wooden studs filled the air Thursday at Thome Elementary School.

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Dual enrollment credited with increase in students

2015-01-27 04:07:00

Enrollment continues to rise at Southeast Missouri State, and university officials say a big part of the reason is that more high school students in the region are getting an…

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2 more cases of deadly deer disease reported in Missouri

2015-01-27 04:02:00

Two more cases of a deadly deer disease have been found in Missouri.

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Imaginary Theatre to help Ready Readers make real funding

2015-01-27 04:00:00
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes" will highlight a fund-raiser Feb. 8 to benefit Ready Readers, the nonprofit literacy group.  Read Full Story ...

3 am news

McHenry County courthouse work finishes over budget

2015-01-27 03:53:00

Unexpected costs during restoration of a suburban McHenry County courthouse have pushed the total price tag for the project to more than $1 million.

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Shooting in North County leaves one injured

2015-01-27 03:44:41
A shooting in Glasgow Village was reported to authorities last night. It all happened in the 10,500 block of Lilac Avenue. Read Full Story ...

Teenager faces charges in fatal hit-and-run in Granite City

2015-01-27 03:37:00

Prosecutors in southern Illinois say a 16-year-old boy is facing felony charges in a fatal hit-and-run last summer.

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DuQuoin baseball tournament named for 'Beaver' Rice

2015-01-27 03:12:00

A baseball tournament to benefit Special Olympics has been named for a man with a passion for the sport and its athletes.

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More than 300 miles of Chicago roadway to be repaved

2015-01-27 03:12:00

The city of Chicago has announced work crews will resurface at least 300 miles of roadway this year.

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Music festival moving from Illinois to Arkansas

2015-01-27 03:12:00

The organizers of the year-old Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival say they'll move their show from Illinois to Arkansas.

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Springfield airport hits 10-year high in 2014 for passengers

2015-01-27 03:07:00

Springfield's airport has recorded a 10-year high for the number of passengers served.

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2 am news

Man critically injured in hit-and-run taken off life support

2015-01-27 02:02:00

A family friend reports a 20-year-old Illinois State University student critically injured in a hit-and-run has died after being taken off life support.

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12 am news

Sentencing day for Chicago twins who turned on cartel

2015-01-27 00:57:00

The twin brothers from Chicago are reviled by Mexican cartels but praised by prosecutors as the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in recent U.S. history.

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Record number of guns discovered at U.S. airport checkpoints in 2014; 32 at St. Louis

2015-01-27 00:15:00
Wide array of prohibited items seized from travelers. Read Full Story ...

Boom time for St. Louis charter schools

2015-01-27 00:15:00
Eight campuses are scheduled to open this fall, with record enrollment expected. Read Full Story ...

Bernie: No way to deflate the NFL

2015-01-27 00:15:00
This 'Ballghazi' business with the Patriots reaffirms the NFL's hold on American sports fans. Read Full Story ...

Cards reliever Belisle has eyes set on October

2015-01-27 00:10:00
Former Rockies pitcher is eager to experience the postseason with his new team. Read Full Story ...

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