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Train derails in Wood River, IL; no injuries

Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:12 Published in Local News
No injuries reported after a train derailment in Illinois.
 
Around 9 AM Thursday, Amtrak says one wheel left the tracks near Wood River. The 106 passengers were moved to a bus and taken to a second train. The train was on its way to Chicago.

Gov. Nixon examining dates for special elections

Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:15 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says he is looking at calling special elections to fill four vacant seats in the Missouri Legislature.
 
Nixon stopped short Thursday of definitively saying he will set special election dates, but he indicated that he may do so. He gave no time frame for when that might occur.
 
The governor is facing a lawsuit seeking to compel him to call the special elections.
 
One of the Missouri House seats has been vacant since last June, when Rep. Jason Smith won a special election to Congress. Two other House seats and a Senate seat became vacant in December due to resignations.
 
A Missouri law says the governor "shall, without delay, issue a writ of election" to fill vacant legislative seats.
 
MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge as part of a deal with prosecutors.
 
Matt Barnett entered the plea Thursday during a court hearing in his hometown of Maryville. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term.
 
The girl says Barnett raped her at a house party in January 2012. Barnett says the sex was consensual.
 
The local prosecutor dropped the case because he said the girl's family stopped cooperating.
 
A special prosecutor was tasked with re-examining it after it received widespread attention last fall.
 

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