After the terrorist strikes on Sept. 11, the U.S. government vowed to do all it could to make Americans safer. However, a new report shows the U.S. lagging in key areas.
The 9/11 Commission, which made recommendations in the months following the attacks, says the country remains vulnerable. Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson served on that panel that crafted a blueprint for national security.
Thompson says a decade after the attacks, more needs to be done. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford.
Mo. Senate to consider new measure repealing teacher social media restrictions
A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over websites such as Facebook. The Senate Education Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the law.
The action comes after a Mo. judge issued an order in September blocking the new law from taking effect, citing concerns that it could violate free speech rights.
Despite cooler weather over the past several days, it's still mosquito season, and that means there's the potential for West Nile Virus cases.
The St. Louis County Department of Health has reported its first suspected human case. A 12-year-old boy from Wellston was briefly hospitalized with West Nile symptoms, though the department says he has returned to normal activities.
The county says there was one human case last year.