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Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Thursday as a widespread severe weather system continued to move across the state, bringing heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and flash flooding, and at least one reported tornado.

The Governor ordered activation of the State Emergency Operations Center, which has been closely monitoring the storm system.  The team includes officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the State Emergency Management Agency, the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  

Gov. Nixon has also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:42
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Tonight’s Arts and Issues debate between James Carville and Alberto Gonzales has been postponed.  The event was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

Travel issues related to this morning’s severe weather and the forecast for additional severe weather to move into the area this evening forced the event to be postponed.  The debate is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.  

All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.  SIUE apologizes for any inconvenience, but the safety and well being of our participants, guests, students, faculty and staff are always our primary concern. 

For more information, please check the Arts and Issues website artsandissues.com or call the box office at 618-650-5774.  

 

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:34
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend nine years in prison for the debilitating 2011 beating of a baby.
 
The Alton Telegraph reports that 26-year-old Matthew Fields of Hartford was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to a count of aggravated battery of a child.
 
Prosecutors say Fields was alone with the then-9-week-old baby in October 2011 when he allegedly shook and squeezed the child.
 
Authorities say the baby sustained head trauma and developmental delays.
 
Fields will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and must register as a violent offender for 10 years.
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