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106 Mo. law enforcement agencies awarded more than $700K in grants
Ill. State Board of Elections and Department of Corrections work to correct data error
Ill. traffic violation fines increased
New IL parole system for young offenders
Mo. Auditor finds weaknesses in state’s accounting, payroll system
User accounts of terminated employees are not always removed timely.
Published December 30, 2019 at 11:03 AM
More than 200 new Illinois laws take effect at start of 2020
The legalization of recreational pot is getting the most buzz
Published December 30, 2019 at 7:26 AM
Employment in Mo. increases during November
Missouri added 37,000 jobs.
Published December 18, 2019 at 10:51 AM
Missouri proposal to expand access to voting goes to court
A Missouri group pushing to expand access to voting is going to court over how the state's top election official wants to describe the proposal to voters
Published October 21, 2019 at 4:06 PM
Missouri Botanical Garden getting new $92 million center
A new $92 million visitor center is planned at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis
Published October 21, 2019 at 3:24 PM
Kentucky State Police hiring victim’s advocates in new initiative
A new initiative by the Kentucky State Police is taking place as they plan to hire trained victim’s advocates at every KSP post.
Published October 15, 2019 at 10:29 PM
Auditor: Missouri needs to save more for a recession
Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says the state doesn't have enough savings to avoid having to cut spending or raise taxes if there were another recession
Bevin encourages Kentucky students to participate in Bring Your Bible To School Day
Thursday is Bring Your Bible To School Day, and Gov. Matt Bevin is doing his part to make sure Kentucky students are aware.
Mo. Back the Blue license plate unveiled
The Back the Blue license plates were unveiled on Sept. 10.
Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff
The suspect has been identified as Dean Ryan Daugherty, 46, of Newberry.
Kentucky to announce law enforcement education initiative
Kentucky officials say they are planning to announce a new law enforcement education initiative
Published August 26, 2019 at 3:31 AM
Senator Rand Paul has part of lung removed in surgery
Senator Paul said he suffered lung damage during a 2017 assault.
Published August 5, 2019 at 8:08 AM
Shots fired at Mammoth Cave over an alleged bigfoot sighting
Mammoth Cave would like the public to know there are not any ongoing threats to the park and it is safe to visit.
Published July 31, 2019 at 3:03 PM
Ill. Governor signs laws protecting immigrant youth
House Bill 836, makes sure children are able to have short-term guardians if their parent is detained or deported by ICE.
Published July 23, 2019 at 11:45 AM
Breakout Games plans mad dash for $2,000 cash around Louisville
One company is planning a real-life treasure hunt for people in Louisville on Wednesday.
Annie Moore and
Published July 22, 2019 at 4:40 AM
New program offered for Mo. small business, farmers affected by natural disasters
The new program is called LIFT, Linked Deposits to Invest and Fund a Timely Recovery.
Published July 18, 2019 at 12:15 PM
First Alert: Sunny, but chilly afternoon
Retired Catholic priest in southeast Mo. charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse
Gov. Pritzker presented 2021 budget address to Ill. lawmakers
Heartland road projects 2/19
Current boil water orders in the Heartland
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich holds press conference after prison release
Cost of getting driver’s license will rise soon in Missouri
It's about to cost more for Missouri motorists to renew their driver's licenses and license plates
Published July 17, 2019 at 9:19 AM
Additions made to Ill. health care community map
IDPH has added maternal and child health data to the Public Health Community Map.
Published July 12, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Ill. Gov. reacts to immigration raids with commitment to ‘protect Illinois’ immigrant families'
The Governor has directed all state agencies not to coordinate with ICE
Published July 12, 2019 at 11:24 AM
Gov. Bevin continues fight against ‘grotesque’ abortion procedure
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s team defended HB 454 to the U.S. Court of Appeals
Published July 12, 2019 at 10:53 AM
KSP: Man in custody, human remains found in connection with Savannah Spurlock investigation
The remains are believed to be connected to the search for Savannah Spurlock
Published July 11, 2019 at 9:10 AM
Man in custody after human remains found in connection to Savannah Spurlock case
Investigators believe the young mother was last seen going with a group of men to a home in Garrard County.
Published July 11, 2019 at 4:38 AM
Amy McGrath to run for Mitch McConnell’s US Senate seat
Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath, who narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky, has set her sights on a more formidable target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Published July 9, 2019 at 5:51 AM
Public meeting to be held on Johnson’s Shut-Ins, Taum Sauk and Jay Nixon state parks
The public meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 20.
Published July 5, 2019 at 9:43 AM
New cell phone bill to take effect July 1 in Tennessee
When July 1st hits if you’re behind the wheel in Tennessee you cannot grab your phone with any part of your body.
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Published June 24, 2019 at 5:57 PM
Ill. Gov. signs 3 immigrant protection bills
The bills take effect immediately.
Published June 21, 2019 at 11:55 AM
Police need help finding Kentucky mother with warrant, young child
Amanda Otero, 32, failed to show up at an emergency custody hearing involving her three-year-old.
Published June 3, 2019 at 9:06 PM
Illinois governor activating National Guard amid flooding
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is activating the Illinois National Guard to respond to recent severe flooding
Published May 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Morganza Spillway will be opened next week
A rare opening of the Morganza Spillway will happen this Sunday to prevent the flood structure from over topping.
Published May 27, 2019 at 8:16 PM
1 killed, 2 injured in Jeffersonville, Indiana home explosion
The extent of any injuries is unknown.
Makayla Ballman and
Published May 19, 2019 at 7:24 PM
Planned Parenthood condemns abortion ban approved by Mo Senate
The organization called the bill dangerous and extreme.
Published May 16, 2019 at 8:49 AM
1 adult, 4 children killed in crash in central MO
The single-vehicle crash was between MO Highway 52 and MO Highway 87.
Published May 16, 2019 at 6:21 AM
IL Governor declares May 14 Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker declared the memorial day Tuesday morning.
Published May 14, 2019 at 11:19 AM
History and hauntings at former tuberculosis hospital draws in thousands each year
The paranormal and the history at Waverly Hills are intertwined, drawing around 35,000 people in every year.
Published May 13, 2019 at 11:56 AM
American Airlines pilot arrested at Louisville airport, charged in 2015 triple homicide
An American Airlines pilot was removed from a flight in Louisville and charged in connection with a 2015 triple homicide.
Annie Moore and
Published May 12, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Man charged with attacking 9-year-old with machete in NKY
Esteban Portugues, 35, was charged with assault and is jailed at the Kenton County Detention Center.
Published May 11, 2019 at 9:52 AM
VIDEO: Package with $200 worth of merchandise taken from porch
Police said there was more than $200 of merchandise inside the box.
Published May 10, 2019 at 10:21 AM
Ohio, it seems, is one of the best places in the U.S. to spot Bigfoot
So where is the best spot in the U.S. to catch a glimpse?
Published May 9, 2019 at 4:07 PM
MO Capitol to turn blue in honor of fallen law enforcement officers
The lights will shine throughout the next week.
Published May 3, 2019 at 10:44 AM
KY Teacher of the Year skips White House ceremony to protest Trump administration’s policies
Two state teachers of the year, including one from Louisville, have skipped a White House ceremony to protest President Donald Trump’s administration’s education policies.
Published April 30, 2019 at 3:01 PM
Missing Florida child in need of life-saving treatment found with parents at KY hotel
Police searched the state of Florida for a toddler who needs life-saving medical treatment, but the three-year-old boy was found in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Published April 29, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Man charged with killing infant after finding out he’s not the father
A Memphis man is behind bars, accused of killing a four-month-old after learning he was not the boy's father.
Published April 25, 2019 at 2:05 PM
Check out the most famous heists by state
Check out the most infamous heists by state, from American gangster John Dillinger to the disappearance of 300,000 packages of ramen.
Published April 22, 2019 at 6:05 PM
Four teens shot in car on I-264 in west Louisville
It happened around 8:20 p.m. on Interstate 264 near the Bells Lane exit, MetroSafe confirmed. The interstate reopened at 10:30 p.m.
Published April 18, 2019 at 10:10 PM
Louisville doctor among 60 listed in seven-state opioid fraud allegations
Dr. Christopher Nelson with Bluegrass Pain Consultants has been accused of taking kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company in Florida.
Published April 17, 2019 at 3:35 PM
MO Gov. administration makes effort to comply with audit recommendations
Governor Parsons’ administration is taking steps to comply with audit recommendations after being aware of unlawful withholdings for at least a month.
Published April 12, 2019 at 10:29 AM
KY Governor requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for counties impacted by flooding
Three Kentucky residents also lost their lives during the weather event.
Published April 10, 2019 at 4:04 AM
Missouri House advances bill to collect online sales taxes
A bill advancing in the Missouri House would require out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on online sales to Missourians
Published April 9, 2019 at 4:59 PM
Pregnant woman shot, killed in apparent home invasion in Anderson County
A pregnant woman and her unborn baby have died after being shot in Anderson County.
Published April 9, 2019 at 7:48 AM
IL National Guard welcomes new leader
Neely replaces Maj. Gen. Richard J. Hayes who is retiring after 33 years of service.
Published April 8, 2019 at 4:27 PM
Residents concerned about DNA-for-cash transactions in Louisville
People are giving DNA samples to a guy in a white van for $20.
Published April 6, 2019 at 4:18 PM
KY ranked highest in child abuse in the country
After a new study Kentucky is ranked first in child abuse in the country. Indiana is second.
Published April 2, 2019 at 5:47 PM
14-year-old shoots classmate at SW AR school
At least one person has been struck by gunfire at a Nevada County school on Monday morning.
Published April 1, 2019 at 1:02 PM
Marshall County School shooting victims remembered as SB 1 signed into law
The law encourages more SRO's in schools and increases the amount of mental health professionals required to help students.
Published March 27, 2019 at 5:39 PM
Body of woman found in woods near Dyersburg
The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a body was found in the woods near Dyersburg.
Published March 27, 2019 at 5:54 AM
KY law to soon require everyone convicted of DUI to install ignition interlock
The law stiffens the penalty for first time DUI offenders.
Published March 26, 2019 at 9:50 PM
Shaquille O’Neal named new Papa John’s spokesman
The pizza giant issued a statement Friday morning announcing that the four-time NBA champion will join the company’s board of directors, invest in nine stores in the Atlanta area and “be an ambassador for the Papa John’s brand.”
John P. Wise
Published March 22, 2019 at 9:03 AM
Legal gun owners learn safety through virtual reality training
During training, each person goes through a simulated situation that portrays reality.
Published March 21, 2019 at 11:30 PM
HempWood Operation coming to Murray, KY
A relationship established with Murray State University led to the facility choosing the city as a location.
Published March 20, 2019 at 12:55 PM
Protecting yourself from scams, fraud after flooding
The Missouri Attorney General’s office released a few tips on keeping yourself safe from scams and fraud
Published March 19, 2019 at 11:27 AM
Gov. Parson warns Missourians about future flooding
Governor Mike Parson is warning Missourians to use caution around floodwater as rivers in some communities rise toward major flood stage.
Published March 18, 2019 at 5:54 PM
Hopkinsville man identified as victim from deadly shooting
Owensboro Police are working a homicide investigation after they say someone was shot in the face.
Published March 13, 2019 at 6:27 PM
Missouri state auditor starts audit on Pemiscot County
An audit involving Pemiscot County government has begun, with Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway saying she is hopeful local officials have learned from recent issues found in audits.
Region 8 Newsdesk
Published March 13, 2019 at 3:29 PM
Legislation would protect minors from internet spying
Lawmakers said the legislation strengthens privacy protections for children
Published March 12, 2019 at 10:50 AM
Virginia school system bans ‘clothing associated with hate groups’
The revised policy will now cover imagery associated with organizations promoting white supremacy, racial division, hatred or violence.
Published March 12, 2019 at 4:48 AM
Man arrested after police say he stabbed another man in head at West Buechel Walmart
A man is in critical condition after police stay he was stabbed during a fight on Bardstown Road.
Annie Moore and
Published March 10, 2019 at 4:39 PM
Charleston Robotics Team to compete against national, international teams
They call themselves the Mechanical Mettle
Published March 6, 2019 at 11:26 AM
ISP announces improvements to the enforcement of existing gun laws
The state is taking steps to improve the enforcement of current gun laws.
Published March 6, 2019 at 8:12 AM
Students’ testimony revives effort to restrict vaping
A push to ban e-cigarettes and other vaping products for people under 21 has been resurrected in Kentucky after some heart-felt testimony from a group of middle school students
Published February 27, 2019 at 11:17 AM
Dyersburg woman goes missing; leaves keys, purse at home
The search for 24-year-old Shelby Hubbard began Friday morning when her mother called police. Hubbard was missing, but her purse and keys were still at home.
Published February 21, 2019 at 5:41 AM
Sec. of State: Alabama woman who joined ISIS, wants to return home is no longer US citizen; cannot return
Local woman who joined ISIS, now wants to return to the US.
John Huddleston and
Published February 19, 2019 at 9:29 PM
Missouri utility program to build more electric car chargers
A Missouri utility is planning to spend more than $4 million over five years to offer incentives to groups looking to build more charging stations for electric cars
Published February 18, 2019 at 9:38 AM
Smaller income tax refunds leave some taxpayers miffed
Some taxpayers who have already filed their 2018 federal tax returns are shocked by the amount of their tax refund.
Published February 11, 2019 at 7:12 PM
“Heaven Has A Wall” grocery store ad ignites controversy
A family-owned Christian grocery store with locations across several states in the Southeast is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.
Published February 11, 2019 at 1:53 PM
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