COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Columbia city officials say they hope an energy-efficient home will be a model for future low-income housing projects.
Habitat for Humanity is building the "net-zero" home, which includes solar panels and a solar water heater, low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting.
It's the first time the organization has built such a home, which also has 45 percent more insulation than previous homes. The home also will be completely accessible to the disabled.
About a year ago, the city asked non-profit organizations to submit designs for energy-efficient homes that low-income families could afford.
The Columbia Missourian reports the house will sell for $107,000. It is expected to be completed in late spring or mid-summer next year.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Dozens of inmates at a southwestern Illinois jail allege their constitutional rights were violated when they underwent group strip searches.
The federal lawsuit against the St. Clair County Jail was earlier filed this month in East St. Louis. The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports the inmates seek $10 million alleging "cruel and unusual" punishment.
The 29 inmates allege multiple body cavity searches were conducted in front of other inmates and guards.
The lawsuit contends the searches should been done in private.
St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson couldn't be reached by the newspaper. He didn't immediately return messages left Tuesday.
A similar lawsuit against the jail was dismissed last week. The judge ruled strip searching prisoners as a group didn't violate the Constitution if it wasn't intended to humiliate prisoners.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State and local police officials will be working overtime during the New Year's holiday to ensure motorists are sober and buckled up.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the state said Monday their aim is to prevent fatal motor crashes and ring in 2014 with a safe start.
Hundreds of additional hours funded with federal money through IDOT will keep law enforcement officials on the road working overtime with roadside safety checks and seatbelt enforcement zones.
IDOT crash data show from 2008 through 2012 during the New Year holiday, 38 people died in crashes on public roads. Forty percent of those died in accidents in which at least one driver had been injured.
More than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois tomorrow, including some new traffic rules. A new 70 mph interstate speed limit kicks in on January 1. The law allows high-population counties like Madison and St. Clair to post lower speed limits. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that neither county appears to be opting out.
Also starting tomorrow, it will be illegal to use a hand held cellphone while driving. Hands-free devices will still be allowed.
Other laws that take affect at the first of the year will limit police use of drones, ban electronic cigarettes and tanning beds for minors, make tossing a cigarette butt on the ground a Class B misdemeanor, and make it a crime to use GPS to track someone without their permission.
Controversial new laws on concealed weapons, gay marriage and medical marijuana will take effect later in the year.