Springfield, ILL. – Illinois now also has an official state snack. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Monday that gives popcorn that designation. Illinois is one of the top popcorn-growing states in the nation.
The governor says he hopes it encourages more people to eat popcorn. The move to name popcorn the official state snack started as a class project for students at an elementary school in Joliet, a suburb of Chicago.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis area's federal prosecutor may soon be the area's federal judge. U.S. Senator Kit Bond's office says U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender is undergoing background checks to potentially fill a vacancy on the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.
President Bush picks nominees but generally follows the wishes of a state's senior Republican, such as Bond. The Senate must confirm the nomination.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police say there's no evidence that a 9-year old boy is still alive, eight weeks after he went missing.
They've given up hope that they'll find Christian Ferguson alive; he's severely disabled and needs daily medication.
The Post-Dispatch reports police have raised questions about the information that has come from the boy's father, Dawan Ferguson. The father told police someone stole his SUV with Christian inside, after he got out to use a pay phone.
The commission that was set up to regulate taxicabs in St. Louis City and County has been in power for more than a month. The group isn't yet moved into permanent office space, and some lawsuits are still trying to see that they never do.
St. Louis – Corrections officials in Nevada may send a Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexual abuse to a private treatment facility in Jefferson County, Missouri, and that has drawn an angry response from a local victims' rights group.
In May, Father Mark Roberts of Henderson, Nev. was sentenced to three years probation for abusing five teenagers.
Missouri officials have approved his transfer to Recon in Jefferson County, but Nevada authorities must also give the go-ahead.