Hermann, MO – A new tractor and refrigerator might not seem the loftiest of goals for the Missouri couple who won half the $261 million Powerball jackpot. But Hermann residents William and Claudia Walkenbach say their new status as multi millionaires hasn't sunk in yet.
The east-central Missouri couple can take the money either as 30 annual installments of around $4 million, or a lump-sum payment of about $74 million dollars.
The couple bought the ticket Wednesday at the Hermann Fuel Mart. The other winner lives in Pennsylvania.
St. Louis, MO – The first two-heat-related deaths in Missouri this year happened in St. Louis. One man's body was found outside Busch Stadium on Sunday morning; Robert Kimble had a body temperature of 106 degrees.
On Monday night, authorities found the body of 78-year old James Earl, Sr. inside his St. Louis home
The house had air conditioning, but the thermostat was set high. Authorities say the temperature inside the home was in the 90s. Earl had a body temperature of 111 degrees.
Edwardsville, ILL. – Edwardsville attorney John Simmons is pulling out of the race for U.S. Senate in Illinois. He announced his candidacy two months ago but now says he'll support state Comptroller Dan Hynes instead. More than a half-dozen candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald.
Now that he's out of the race, Simmons says he'll devote his time to reopening a steelmill and helping the Democratic Party in the 2004 race.