Jefferson City, Mo. – Auditor Susan Montee plans to review Missouri's Public Defender Commission.
Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads. Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri judge has again denied a request to let a teenager accused of killing a 9-year-old neighbor continue her education while awaiting trial.
Alyssa Bustamante, 16, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder for last fall's killing of Elizabeth Olten in a rural area west of Jefferson City. Bustamante is jailed without as she awaits trial next spring.
Chicago, IL – Republicans in Illinois say the resignation of Governor Pat Quinn's chief of staff has raised a lot of questions. And, they say, so has Quinn's decision to replace an internal government watchdog.
Quinn's chief of staff, Jerry Stermer, sent three emails from his government email account that related to campaign activity. That's according to a report from the executive inspector general that was obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
St. Louis – Chefs at 28 restaurants throughout downtown are putting the finishing touches on their menus for St. Louis's Restaurant Week.
The sixth annual event promotes the downtown food scene as well as raises money for Operation Food Search. Last year, 19,000 people took advantage for three-course gourmet meals for $25, and raised $9,000 for the food pantry.
Copia Winery is back after a two-year absence following a 2007 arson. Participation was a no-brainer, the restaurant's Jen Dahr said.
Springfield, IL – A former political foe of Rod Blagojevich has some advice for prosecutors as they get set to retry the former governor on corruption charges - go after his wife.
Joe Birkett accused Blagojevich of corruption in 2006, when Birkett was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. At the time, he also claimed Patti Blagojevich was involved in the shady dealings.
St. Louis – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says overhauling the Arch grounds is a top priority for the National Park Service.
Salazar traveled to St. Louis Friday to view five competing proposals that try to implement Eero Saarinen's original vision for the Arch grounds. Saarinen, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday but died four years before the Arch was completed, envisioned an expansive landscape around the monument.