The search for a missing a 7 year old Effingham County, Illinois girl will continue overnight.
Authorities and hundreds of volunteers have been looking for Willow Long since she disappeared from her Watson, Illinois home on Sunday. The Effingham County Sheriff's Department has sent the volunteers home for the night so that an Illinois State Police Flare Plane, which detects heat, won't pick up false readings during the overnight search.
Willow is about four-feet tall and weighs just 46 pounds. She has shoulder-length red hair and was wearing a long purple t-shirt as a nightgown. Willow's mother says she checked on the kids Sunday morning before taking a nap. When she woke up, Willow was gone.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Department is coordinating the search and investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 217-342-2101.
Illinois lawmakers are criticizing the cost of renovations at the state capitol. The price tag for the upgrades in Springfield are approaching $50-million. The Chicago Sun Times reports the cost includes $80-thousand sculptures and chandeliers and $670-thousand copper-plated wooden doors. Democrats and Republicans alike are now questioning the bidding process and Republican Representative Jim Durkin says, "I'm embarrassed to say that this went on without anyone's knowledge that I'm aware of. And we have some egg on our face." The renovation is being funded by construction bonds that were part of a $31-billion capital construction plan approved by the Legislature.
Traffic scofflaws now have a chance to avoid jail time. Later this week, Maplewood and Richmond Heights will offer three warrant amnesty days for traffic offenders. Starting on Thursday and running through Saturday, people with traffic warrants can personally appear and simply pay a $200 bond. Your court date will then be rescheduled. Hours and locations of where to go to clear your name can be found on our website at ktrs.com.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Maplewood Cases: 7601 Manchester. Maplewood, MO 63143. (314) 646-3628
Richmond Heights: 7447 Dale. Richmond Heights, MO 63117. (314) 645-1982 ext. 3
Big news for Elton John fans. The Rocket Man himself will be performing in St. Louis this November. Sir Elton and his band will take the stage at Chaifetz Arena November 24th. It's all part of 13-city tour that will feature hits from John's five-decade long career. Tickets go on sale September 16th at 10am. No word yet on how much those tickets will set you back.
The Mercantile Library will feature an exhibit of one of the rarest books in North America. Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640, still exist. It will be sold at auction at Sotheby's in November. The pre-sale auction estimate is between 15 and 30 million dollars. In addition to the book, other early New England imprints, maps and prints will be on display. The public exhibit for the Bay Psalm Book is this Friday, September 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Mercantile Library is located on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis.
The combined IQ of St. Louis is expected to rise this week, as the city welcomes some of the greatest chess players from around the world. They're here for the Sinquefield Cup, a tournament that's being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in the Central West End. Competition begins today and runs though Sunday, with the top player taking home $70,000. The Sinquefield Cup is named after the sport's main benefactor in St. Louis, Rex Sinquefield, who is credited with turning the city in a worldwide chess hub.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Recent turmoil at Saint Louis University between its longtime president and students and faculty critics has given way to hope and optimism as the Jesuit school seeks its first new leader in more than a quarter-century.
The Rev. Lawrence Biondi presided over a 42 percent student body increase, a near doubling of full-time faculty and nearly $1 billion worth of new construction since his 1987 inauguration. Critics say he also led by fear and intimidation, stifling dissent and alienating campus members who called for his resignation.
Biondi announced his retirement in May and escalated the timetable with a September 1st departure for a one-year sabbatical. SLU must now consider whether to again hire a priest for its top job or look outside religious circles for a lay leader.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — An adviser to the Reverend Martin Luther King will speak at a Southeast Missouri State University dinner honoring the late civil rights leader.
The Cape Girardeau school says Clarence B. Jones helped write King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech while serving as his political adviser, counsel and draft speechwriter. Today, Jones is a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King Junior Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker previously was scheduled to speak at the King dinner. But Booker is currently campaigning for the U.S. Senate.
Tickets for the January 22nd dinner at Southeast Missouri State go on sale in December.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties hit hard by last month's floods.
The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier of the state and left at least three people dead.
The White House said in a news release that federal funding is available to help local governments and nonprofits recover. The counties that will benefit are Barry, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright.
Federal funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rural Missouri man charged with infecting another man with HIV is now facing charges that accuse him of risking infection to three other partners.
Stoddard County prosecutor Russell Oliver said Friday that 36-year-old David Mangum of Dexter, Missouri is now facing 21 additional counts for having unprotected sex with three men without telling them he was HIV-positive.
Mangum is jailed without bond. His attorney did not respond to interview requests.
Mangum was arrested last month after a man with whom he'd been intimate tested positive and alerted police. The new counts are a lesser charge because the new accusers are not HIV-positive.
Mangum claims he had sexual contact with as many as 300 people since being diagnosed a decade ago. He moved to Missouri two years ago from Dallas, Texas.