Woman Killed In Downtown St. Louis

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)   A woman is dead and her infant child was found unharmed following a shooting in downtown St. Louis. Police say the woman was gunned down late Sunday night on Washington Avenue.  The suspect then took off in the car the woman was in with her 9-month child inside, according to investigators.…

Illinois prisons chief to lead mental health overhaul

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois’ top corrections official says an overhaul has begun of prison mental health programs following a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin tells The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/1XK6Fgi) he wants the state to be a national model. Baldwin says Gov. Bruce Rauner is committed to making…

Gov. Nixon pushing back on newly passed tax breaks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature this year passed tax breaks for goods and services ranging from wheelchairs to yoga classes. That might mean a showdown with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, whose administration says the tax breaks could lead to an $80 million hole in the state budget. Legislative researchers put the price…