State Releases $14 Million for State Park Upgrades

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — State officials have released more than $14 million for improvements to state parks. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that projects are planned for six parks. Kankakee River State Park will receive $1.9 million to reopen campgrounds to visitors. Fort Massac State Park will receive $2.8 million to evaluate and stabilize…

State Considering New Rules to Slow Chronic Wasting Disease

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing state regulations to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal disease that affects deer, moose and elk. Barbara Keller of the conservation department said during a meeting Tuesday in Cape Girardeau that one possible change would prohibit importing deer carcasses…

GOP Nominee in Missouri Cancels Event With Anti-LGBT Pastor

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) — The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri has canceled a campaign event with a preacher who once called for government regulation of homosexuality. The Kansas City Star reports that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley was scheduled to appear in Springfield on Wednesday with Texas pastor David Barton. The newspaper asked…

Small Plane Flips at Missouri Airport, Injuring 2 Pilots

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (AP) — Authorities say two longtime pilots were seriously hurt when a small plane flipped at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. Saint Francis Medical Center says Lowell Peterson is hospitalized in critical condition and Jack Mehner in serious condition after Tuesday crash. The Southeast Missourian reports that it’s unclear which man was flying the…

Police Investigate After Handcuffed Man Steals Police SUV

ARNOLD, MO (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether policies were violated that allowed a handcuffed man to commandeer a police sport utility vehicle in suburban St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 23-year-old Emir Muhic, of Arnold, was arrested Monday after a chase ended with a crash. He’s charged with second-degree assault, stealing and resisting…