Person Arrested After Online Threat To Kansas College

Athison, Kan. (AP) -A suspect is in custody in connection with an online threat to a northeast Kansas college. The St. Joseph News-Press reports  Benedictine College late Tuesday after an anonymous threat to Benedictine College was posted on the social networking site YikYak on Tuesday.  Atchison police Chief Mike Wilson says authorities arrested one person associated…

Missouri could pay blind residents $19M after court ruling

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – An appeals court has ruled that a previous calculation of damages owed to about 3,000 blind Missouri residents receiving state benefits was too low. The St. Louis Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1MRLuDR ) that the decision Tuesday means the state could soon provide more than $19 million in damages for shortchanging their…

US Rep. Quigley: New group to address transgender rights

( KTRS ) Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley says he’s joined other Democrats in creating a task force to help ensure equal rights for transgender people. The Transgender Equality Task Force will analyze some of the challenges facing the transgender community, including violence, homelessness, housing discrimination and unemployment. Quigley says the group also will recommend legislation to address…

Homicide suspected in octogenarian’s arson death

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) – Police in southwestern Illinois are investigating as a homicide an 84-year-old man’s death from a fire that began in his car. Howard Brown died early Sunday after the fire sparked a gas tank explosion and then spread to his home. Washington Park Police Chief Tony Tomlinson tells the St. Louis…