18 people face federal charges in St. Louis cocaine ring

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Eighteen people face federal charges in a cocaine trafficking ring linked to St. Louis homicides. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 14 of them were arrested and in custody Wednesday on a 20-count superseding indictment delivered Jan. 7. The original case was filed against 29-year-old Anthony Jordan in August. The indictment…

Service to disabled will suffer under state’s OT policy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Health care workers say 30,000 disabled Illinois residents who get in-home care will suffer because the state won’t pay extra for overtime. A federal rule that took effect Jan. 1 makes home care workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay for work over 40 hours. But the state Department of Human Services will…

Missouri House passes first bills of session on ethics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The first bill the Missouri House has passed this year would increase reporting of elected officials’ and others’ personal finances. House members voted 143-11 in favor of the measure Thursday. It heads to the Senate. The legislation would require personal financial disclosure reports to be filed twice a year. Currently,…

St. Louis man gets 40-year sentence in murder, concealment

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend and concealing her death by dumping her body in Madison County, Illinois. Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp sentenced Raamon Reed on Wednesday. Reed pleaded guilty in November to shooting Tabatha Lynae Milton-Rush to death…