SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Springfield and Sangamon County officials have announced an agreement with the state on design work for consolidating train traffic through Illinois' capital city. The effort is part of high-speed rail development.
The agreement made public Wednesday involves nearly $8.7 million to pay for half of the design work. The project would move rail traffic through the downtown core farther out to a corridor on the city's east side.
The deal was signed by Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, Springfield Mayor Michael Houston and Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter.
The project is part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail development. There is no current funding for train traffic consolidation.
The plan would include new track alignments and separating automobile and train traffic in spots.
A St. Charles County man is facing charges for molesting children on three different occasions.
Prosecutors say Donald Knaust was at a Fort Zumwalt North High School sporting event when he improperly touched and 8-year-old boy. That event was in January of this year.
Then earlier this month, while out of jail on bond, he was accused of having sex with another 8-year-old boy on two separate occasions.
Knaust faces a laundry list of charges including child molestation and statutory sodomy. He is held on a half-million dollar bond.
The release of a small amount of a toxic gas led the fire department's hazardous management team to suit up earlier today.
St. Louis city police and fire crews responded to a late morning call to a building at McPherson and Skinker which is in the process of demolition.
Deputy Fire Chief Mike Harris explains how some anhydrous ammonia was released. "There was an old refrigeration unit in the basement and likely there was residual anhydrous and either it was heated with his cutting or just trapped and released," said Harris.
Harris says anhydrous ammonia is lighter than air and in small amounts like this, dissipates quickly. No gas escaped the building. He says every precaution is used on each of these calls. regardless of the extent. All crews worked in Hazmet suits today with two hazardous management vehicles on site.
There were no injuries.
Charges are filed against a man for shooting and killing a south St. Louis store owner during a robbery.
23-year-old Joseph Fox is charged with 1st degree murder, assault, robbery, and burglary. Police say Fox was robbing a convenience store in the 4400 block of Chippewa when he shot the owners. One of the victims was hit in the arm and survived. The other was shot and killed.
Fox is held without bond.
BROOKLYN, Ill. -- AP -- Investigators say they’ve identified the man gunned down outside a Metro-East strip club as a 27-year-old St. Louis resident.
Illinois State Police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Michael Brooks was shot several times early Sunday outside Roxy’s Strip Club in Brooklyn. He died later at a hospital.
Authorities say Brooks had just stepped from his car when he was approached by two men who emerged from another vehicle.
The suspects fled.
There’s no immediate word on any arrests being made in the case.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A lawyer says a southeast Missouri man will plead guilty to killing his estranged wife, a mother of triplets.
Public defender Christopher Davis told The Associated Press that Clay Waller will confess to killing 39-year-old Jacque Waller at a Thursday hearing. Jacque Waller's body was found on a Mississippi River island May 29.
Davis would not say Wednesday whether Clay Waller led police to his wife's body. She had been missing since June 1, 2011, the same day the couple met with a divorce lawyer. Police said they had been living apart for about three months and had financial problems.
Waller was charged last year with first-degree murder, even though his wife's body had not been found at that time. He pleaded not guilty at the time.
NEW YORK (AP) - Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed its $20.1 billion purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo.
The world's largest brewer has been trying for almost a year to buy the half of Modelo that it did not already own. The Department of Justice initially blocked the deal, concerned that it would hurt U.S. beer shoppers' choices, but signed off on the combination after AB InBev agreed to sell Modelo's entire U.S. business to a wine maker, Constellation Brands Inc.
Constellation will sell Modelo brands including Corona in the U.S., effectively replacing Modelo as a competitor to AB InBev. AB InBev expects that deal to close Friday.
AB InBev, based in Belgium, sells Budweiser, Stella Artois and other beers. The combined company will also sell Corona and other Modelo brands outside the U.S.
An East St. Louis man is back home after spending nearly four months in jail for a crime he did not commit.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that DNA evidence cleared 20-year-old Marlon Miller as a suspect in a brutal rape and robbery. The victim was walking home from a Metrolink stop in East St. Louis when someone pointed a gun at her and forced to a secluded area, then robbed and raped her.
Miller may still be headed to court, he alleges that former East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward coerced a confession to the robbery and helped charge him with sexual assault. Ward was arrested last month for allegedly being a part of a drug ring.
The St. Louis Police Department says a suspect is in custody connected to fatal shooting at a south city convenience store last week.
The shooting happened on Friday on the 4400 block of Chippewa. Police say a suspect was trying to rob the store when one of the owners threaten the suspect with a baseball bat. The suspect then shot both of the owners, killing one and hitting the other in the arm.
Police cannot release more information on the suspect until warrants are issued.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nestle Purina PetCare Co. has agreed to buy Petfinder, the online pet adoption website, from Discovery Communications LLC.
The St. Louis-based company announced the purchase Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.
Nestle Purina says the deal, to be completed in July, will allow it to broaden support for pet welfare organizations and strengthen its role as a leading provider of online pet-related information.
The Petfinder website gets 100 million visits each year. It has been responsible for more than 22 million adoptions since it was founded in 1996. The site features more than 315,000 adoptable pets from about 14,000 animal shelters and rescue groups in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Nestle Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A.