Some encouraging news regarding the teacher's strike in Mount Olive, Illinois.
The union is planning to return to the bargaining table tonight. Union officials will meet with school board officials at 7 PM. The two sides were not set to sit down until Monday.
Schools in the district have been closed since the strike started on Monday.
Off-duty St. Charles County deputies will no longer help out when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to conduct roadside impaired driving checkpoints, as the did last weekend.
Sheriff's Lieutenant Dave Tiefenbrunn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the off-duty deputies flagged motorists to pull over so that NHTSA staff could offer them cash in exchange for submitting blood and saliva samples as part of a study. Tiefenbrunn said even though the survey was voluntary, the public might not have known they had a choice.
The ACLU and officials in other states have raised concerns about the legality of using uniformed officers to help.
Allen Nicklasson has been executed for killing a good Samaritan who stopped to help him and his friends after their car had broken down in 1994. Nicklasson was convicted of shooting Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond twice in the head.
Missouri corrections officials carried out Nicklasson's sentence shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state and overturned a lower court stay. The 41 year old was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
After denying a clemency plea, Governor Jay Nixon issued a statement saying, "the brutality of this crime is unquestioned." And that a jury had decided it warranted the state's most serious punishment. Nixon said his decision "upholds the jury's action."
The execution is Missouri's second in three weeks and the second since Missouri began using the execution drug, pentobarbital.
A pair of murder suspects are in police custody following a chase and crash.
Around 9:30 this morning officers saw a car they thought was connected to a murder. When police tried to pull the car over, the driver sped off. The car crashed near West Florissant and De Soto.
Two suspects were captured, but the third escaped. The suspects are connected to a crime from the past few days.