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CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. (AP) - Organizers of an outdoor festival featuring the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse say they'll make good on their debts.

The Southern Illinoisan reports the company that put on the festival issued a statement saying it has "no intention of turning its back on these financial obligations."

The Gathering of the Juggalos was presented by Psychopathic Records Inc. The yearly festival drew tens of thousands of people to southern Illinois for a week of music and entertainment.

Vendors have been complaining that they've received bad checks to cover the costs of the event near Cave-In-Rock.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper was saved by his bulletproof vest during a shootout.

The incident started after a suspect walked into a First Bank in Marthasville. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and sped away from the scene. A State Trooper was in the area and chased the suspect onto a nearby highway. The suspect stopped his vehicle and started shooting at the officer. He was hit in the chest, but was able to shoot back and hit the suspect in the leg.

The trooper was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.

The suspect is receiving treatment at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. 

Justin DeRyke enters not guilty plea

Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:39 Published in Local News

Justin DeRyke was in court Thursday to enter a not guilty plea for the murder of his young niece.

With the plea, DeRyke moved the case closer to a trial. Police say DeRyke admitted to stabbing 7-year-old Willow Long to death, but he claims it was to "put her out of her misery". He claims that the girl fell into a pile of brush and a stick stabbed her in the neck. An autopsy result turned up evidence that prosecutors say contradict his story. The judge set the trial for December 2.

If convicted, DeRyke faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. 

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