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Prisoner May Never Face Death Penalty

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:27 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man convicted of one killing and suspected in two others may never face the death penalty due to sentencing delays caused in part by a prosecutor's stroke and the killer's own failing health.
 
Gregory Bowman is imprisoned in Missouri for strangling a teenager in St. Louis County in 1977. He was also convicted of killing a 14-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman in Belleville, Ill., in 1978, but the convictions were overturned. He was never retried.
 
The Missouri Supreme Court in 2011 upheld Bowman's Missouri conviction but ordered re-sentencing.
 
The hearing is now delayed until April 2015. Colleen Blake, the clerk for St. Louis County Circuit Judge David Vincent, says the prosecutor handling the case had a stroke in January, and Bowman has a potentially fatal kidney ailment.
   
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation helping southern Illinois school districts fill teaching vacancies with recently retired teachers is advancing in the state Legislature.
The legislation sponsored by state Sen. John Rushville passed the Senate by a 51-0 vote Wednesday.
 
The bill would allow retired teachers, who are still certified, to teach while still maintaining their eligibility for retirement. Retirees would be exempt from making contributions or receiving any new pension benefits.
 
Schools must have advertised the position for three months prior to the beginning of the school term and offer vacancies to teachers' whose positions have been eliminated by the district.
 
The legislation now moves to the House.

Scott AFB Will Welcome New Commander

Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:09 Published in Local News
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois military operation that manages the armed force's shipping and transportation needs will have a new commander.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the U.S. Senate has signed off on Gen. Paul Selva's transition to lead the U.S. Transportation Command based at Scott Air Force Base.
 
Selva already heads the Air Mobility Command, which also is based at Scott near Mascoutah.
Selva will begin his new post on May 6, when he will succeed retiring Gen. William Fraser III. Fraser had been in that position since October 2011.
 
Lt. Gen. Darren McDew already will replace Selva as chief of the Air Mobility Command.
 

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