More good news from the latest St. Louis jobs report.
The metro area's unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in April. That is substantially better than the national rate of 7.1 percent.
Trade and utility workers saw the biggest increase in employment last month, adding nearly 10,000 jobs. And for the second month in a row, the government experienced the sharpest contraction, shedding 4200 jobs.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip is stepping down from the bench as he defends himself against federal heroin and gun charges.
St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook resigned Wednesday through his attorney by letter to the chief judge, John Baricevic. Baricevic says the letter is brief and doesn't offer a reason for Cook's departure.
Cook was charged last Friday with possessing heroin and having a gun while illegally using controlled substances. He's pleaded not guilty.
The Illinois Supreme Court now must pick Cook's replacement.
A fellow judge, Joe Christ, died of a cocaine overdose in March while with Cook at the Cook family's hunting cabin in western Illinois' Pike County. That probe continues.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon teen accused of planning an assault on his high school wrote detailed plans to "shoot and throw bombs throughout the school."
Court documents released Tuesday include an excerpt of the plans police say they found after receiving a tip that 17-year-old Grant Acord planned to attack his high school in Albany. The writings were found along with two pipe bombs, two Molotov cocktails and at least two Drano bombs in a secret compartment beneath the floor in Acord's bedroom.
According to the documents, Acord wrote of plans to begin his assault by lighting and throwing a napalm bomb, unzipping his bag and shooting.
Acord appeared in court Tuesday and did not enter a plea. A judge set bail at $2 million.