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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois finished the fiscal year on Sunday $6.1 billion in the red.

But Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Monday that the backlog of unpaid bills to schools, agencies, hospitals and businesses is expected to grow another $1.4 billion by next month.

The state collected $1.3 billion in unexpected tax revenue this spring from residents selling assets before new tax laws took effect.

Topinka says putting that money towards unpaid bills allowed the state to end the fiscal year in a better position than it otherwise would have.

However, she is warning that the windfall is a one-time occurrence and it does nothing to address the state's budget problems.

The comptroller's office estimates unpaid bills will rise to $7.5 billion in August and to nearly $9 billion by December.

 

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:28
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A senseless murder in a neighborhood near downtown St. Louis.

Police say a man was shot several times when he went to answer a knock on the back door of his apartment. 35-year-old Mark Wells lived in the apartment at Samual Shepard and Leffingwell--several blocks northeast of Harris-Stowe University--with some of his kids. When he went to answer the door, police believe several suspects shot through the door and killed him.

Two of his boys were asleep upstairs when the shooting occurred. Evidence points towards multiple guns being used.

Police have no suspects and ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers 1-866-371-TIPS.

 

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:06
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UPDATE 5:37 PM

Police have named a suspect is the armed carjacking of an elderly man in Festus.

Police say 18-year-old Seth Thompson remains on the loose. Thompson allegedly stole a silver 2008 Ford Focus from the 75-year-old victim around 5 AM on Monday. Thompson, who is from Texas, was last seen driving the car south on 61.

Anyone with information on the carjacking is asked to contact the Festus Police Department at 636-937-3646.

 

Festus police say a suspect remains at large after carjacking an elderly man outside of Walmart this morning.

The incident happened just before 5 AM near South 61/67 and Highway A. The victim, a 75-year-old man, said the suspect stole the car at gunpoint. The suspect was last seen driving the stolen silver 2008 Ford Focus with the Missouri plate M-C-5-L-2-G. The car was traveling south on 61.

Anyone with information on the carjacking is asked to contact the Festus Police Department at 636-937-3646.

 

Monday, 01 July 2013 12:08
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Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul will remain in office.

A judge said Paul's temporary reinstatement is now permanent. A temporary stay of Paul's removal from office was issued on June 11. The judge's order today says the City Council's appeal of the temporary stay is moot.

Monday, 01 July 2013 11:43
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Following the success of an exhibition soccer match at Busch Stadium, two more international teams will square off in St. Louis, this time at the Edward Jones Dome. Tickets go on sale today for Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan, who will take to the field August 10 at 1:00pm. Turf at the dome will be replaced with natural grass in preparation for the match. Tickets went on sale at 9 this morning and are expected to go fast. Seating capacity at the dome will be around 67,000.

Monday, 01 July 2013 08:31
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 120 years for a deadly apartment shooting.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael David sentenced 36-year-old Donnell Rivers Friday for first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

The Post-Dispatch reports that Rivers fired into the apartment multiple times in December 2010, killing 26-year-old Cynthia Williams. None of the other three people in the apartment were hurt.

A statement from Williams' mother was read during the hearing. The statement said that Rivers "should never be allowed to hurt anyone else." An assistant circuit attorney also said that Rivers had been placed on parole four months before the shooting.

Sunday, 30 June 2013 08:15
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COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a southwestern Illinois man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend on the same day both were expected in court regarding a protection order against him.

Jordan Kuykendall was charged with first-degree murder Saturday in the death of 17-year-old Erin Schneider. Her body was found Thursday in Kuykendall's home in Columbia, southeast of St. Louis.

Kuykendall is being held on a $1 million bond. Police say he isn't cooperating and has an attorney.

Schneider's body was found after her parents asked police to check Kuykendall's residence. Her mother had obtained a protective order against Kuykendall on her daughter's behalf two weeks earlier.

Kuykendall is under police guard at a St. Louis hospital where he's being treated for injuries he sustained in a car accident Thursday.

Sunday, 30 June 2013 08:02
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 35-year-old man with a history of domestic violence killed his wife and son before fatally shooting himself.

The Post-Dispatch reports that the man cut lawns for his landlord. When the man didn't show up for work Saturday, the landlord went to the south St. Louis home that the family recently moved into and found the bodies.

The man's 26-year-old wife and 3-year-old child had been shot multiple times. Police didn't immediately release their names.

Police say the man had been charged in May with hitting his wife with a tire iron.

Sunday, 30 June 2013 07:58
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Seven defendants accused in a pre-arranged funeral scam have been offered plea deals that would allow them to avoid potential life sentences.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch outlined the plea offers on Friday. The deal would require five to 10 years in prison in exchange for guilty pleas. The case is being handled in federal court in St. Louis.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan cited the high cost of trials that could last three months.

Prosecutors say now-defunct National Prearranged Services Inc. operated like a Ponzi scheme before it was shut down in 2008. Customers were allegedly bilked of up to $600 million.

One former employee, 69-year-old Sharon Nekol Province, pleaded guilty earlier this month. Sentencing is November 7th.

Saturday, 29 June 2013 07:27
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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) — A Washington Park, Illinois police officer has been accused of smuggling narcotics to a female jail inmate.

Authorities say the officer is 61-year-old Douglas Young of Lebanon. Young was arrested Thursday morning in his police uniform at the Washington Park Police Department. He has been charged with official misconduct for bringing narcotics and prescription drugs to an inmate of the St. Clair County Jail.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson says Young allegedly "used his position as a law enforcement officer" to arrange jail visits to a woman in custody on theft charges.

Young is being held at the St. Clair County Jail. His bond has been set at $25,000. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Washington Park is just east of St. Louis.

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