Fairview Heights, Ill. – The top federal prosecutor in southern Illinois is stepping down. U.S. Attorney Miriam Miquelon says she's resigning because she can no longer afford to raise two children on a government salary. Her resignation takes effect in two months.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois prosecutes federal crimes in the state's southernmost 38 counties. The position pays more than $120,000 dollars a year.
Miquelon is a native of Elmhurst, Ill. and a DePaul University Law School graduate.
St. Louis – U.S. Senator Kit Bond said Monday he wants to direct $15 million of federal money to a lead paint cleanup program in St. Louis.
Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers and a community advisory board are developing a plan to remove lead paint from city homes. Most of St. Louis' housing stock was built prior to 1978, when indoor lead paint was banned.
Bond said children in the city are more susceptible to lead poisoning than those elsewhere.
Columiba, MO – Suspended University of Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons is hospitalized in fair condition in Columbia after an ATV accident on Friday.
Clemons was at a Fourth of July party at the home of University of Missouri President Elson Floyd; he was driving Floyd's ATV when he lost control on a gravel driveway leading to Floyd's home, university police said.