CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A top official from a Russian research university will be the new director of the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
The University of Illinois said Monday that H. Edward Seidel will be the new NCSA director.
Seidel has been a senior vice president at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow. The institute is a relatively new private university opened in a partnership between the Russian government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Seidel replaces Thom Dunning who retired this year.
Seidel's resume includes work at the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois. He held several positions at the U of I in the 1990s including a senior researcher position at NCSA.
He has a Ph.D. from Yale in relativistic astrophysics.
A tragic accident in Rolla over the weekend as a mother accidentally ran over her daughter on Sunday morning.
The Rolla Police say the 24-year-old mother was backing her van out of parking space, did not see her two-year-old daughter, and hit her. The toddler was taken to the hospital where she died.
An investigation into the accident continues.
A Steelville man faces charges for allegedly shooting and killing a man during an argument.
Witnesses say James Crocker was arguing with Paul Dart Jr over whether Dart was standing on private or public property. The argument escalated and that is when police say Crocker fired several shots at Dart--one bullet hit him in the head. Dart was pronounced dead just a short time later.
Crocker faces second-degree murder charges and is held on a $650,000 bond.
A 3-year-old boy who was pulled from the bottom of a Chesterfield swimming pool is expected to make a full recovery. KSDK-TV reports that two teenage lifeguards rescued the boy at Chesterfield Municipal Pool on Saturday. Firefighters say pool-goers noticed the child at the bottom of the pool and yelled for help. The lifeguards then pulled the boy from the water and performed CPR.
Gas prices are falling again in the St. Louis area, down 8.1 cents per gallon in the past week. That's according to GasBuddy.com. The average gallon of gas is now going for $3.73 in St. Louis. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68/g. The price of gas yesterday was 32.9 cents per gallon higher than on the same day last year.
CHICAGO (AP) - Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to hold around-the-clock talks to resolve the state's $97 billion pension shortfall.
Daley will hold a news conference in Chicago on Monday to publicly urge the governor to get more aggressive in trying to solve the crisis.
Daley has formed an exploratory committee as he considers running against Quinn in next spring's Democratic primary.
Daley campaign spokesman Pete Giangreco told The Associated Press on Monday that "a confluence of issues" in the last week has increased the urgency for Illinois lawmakers to solve the state's worst-in-the-nation pension problem.
Giangreco says that includes the lowering of Chicago's bond rate, Detroit's bankruptcy and a higher Illinois unemployment rate.
He says the state's problem is "beyond a crisis now."
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law new rules for tethering a dog outside.
Quinn says the legislation ensures dogs are treated humanely.
The Illinois Democrat says dogs bring unconditional love and comfort to their owners' lives and become "part of our families." He says the new law makes sure "our pets receive the same love and care they give us."
The measure requires the leash used to tether a dog to be at least 10 feet long and to not exceed one-eighth of a dog's body weight. It also says people who don't provide sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary care could be subject to up to six months imprisonment.
The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Dan Burke, a Chicago Democrat, and Sen. Linda Holmes, a Democrat from Aurora.
A suspect is in police custody in a local hospital after being shot by a police officer in south St. Louis Sunday afternoon.
Police say officers tried to question the suspect and another man near Gravois and Austria. Both were known to officers as previous offenders.
The suspect fled. Officers chased him. Police tried to stop him with a tazor, but that effort failed.
St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack says when the suspect reached for his waist, the officer thought he was reaching for a gun and fire at him. The suspect was hit twice in the legs.
The officer is on routine administrative leave.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A long smoldering St. Louis County landfill has a history of methane violations.
State and county inspection reports and other public documents from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources show the landfill has been out of compliance with state regulations since the late 1990s. The issue was that the landfill was allowing excess levels of methane, a potentially dangerous gas, to seep off-site.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the methane problems also raise questions about a possible connection to the mass of overheated waste that continues to smolder deep below the surface of the landfill.
The company says it isn't yet ruling anything out and is working with the DNR to determine the origin of what has been called a "smoldering event."
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia farmers market flap highlights the challenges of ensuring that products labeled as locally-grown are the real thing.
Wilson's Garden Center owner Chuck Bay says he was kicked out of the popular Columbia Farmers Market for violating the market's vendor rules.
Bay says the board of directors flagged his stand for selling starter plants that had been purchased at a wholesale produce market in the Morgan County town of Versailles. He calls the market's rules on such products vague and says the board resents that he also sets up shop at a competing farmers market with less restrictive rules.
Board members say the rules are clear: vendors must grow their own products.