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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) - A hearing officer is weighing whether to restore the Illinois driver's license of a former state trooper blamed for a 2007 freeway crash in that killed two sisters.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Matt Mitchell said during Tuesday's hearing in Mount Vernon that he'll never drive again in Illinois. Now living in Texas, he says he needs the license to get a job.

A decision is expected within 90 days.

Mitchell was a state trooper driving more than 120 mph and using his cellphone in November 2007 when his car crossed the median on Interstate 64 east of St. Louis and slammed into a car occupied by two Collinsville sisters. The girls, ages 18 and 13, died.

Mitchell later received probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide.

News of the Royal Baby was everywhere, TV, radio, and social media. But William and Kate got some time alone with the newest addition to the royal family.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 p.m."

That is the official announcement that the child third-in-line for the throne was born. The most surprising part of the message was the time--4:24. In an age of Twitter and Facebook, the royal family held back news of the birth for four hours.

Royal historian and researcher, Candace Metz-Longinette-Gahring says the need for boundaries with the press is very important for this prince because of the way his mother, Princess Diana, died. "The paparazzi chased her to her death because they had to have the latest pictures, the latest everything. As the woman lay dying they were taking pictures. I think that fueled his determination that I am going to have a private life", says Metz-Longinette-Gahring.

As for the name of the newest member of the royal family, that's still a secret. 

 

One person is in critical condition after a shooting in Webster Groves this afternoon.

Police say the shooting happened at 2 PM on the parking lot of a housing unit near the intersection of Elm and Waymire Avenues. One person was injured and taken to the hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

Police do have a suspect in custody but are asking if anyone has additional information about the incident.

 

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