Blagojevich "ripe candidate" for prison drug rehab according to report
A probation report says ousted Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be a "ripe candidate" for a drug treatment program in prison. That's according to defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky, who says he doesn't know what Blagojevich said to a probation officer to lead to that conclusion.
Judge James Zagel has agreed to recommend Blagojevich for a drug treatment program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence for corruption in March.
Nixon to return to Joplin to announce school funding
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is returning to Joplin to discuss funding for schools in the tornado-ravaged city.
Thursday afternoon, Nixon is scheduled to visit the Joplin 11th and 12th Grade Center - an empty big-box store that will house the two grades while the high school is rebuilt. He'll be joined by superintendent C.J. Huff and members of the Joplin Board of Education in touring the building and making the announcement on funding for the upcoming school year.
Workersthreaten to shut down construction on Mississippi River bridge
A group that's trying to get more construction jobs for minority workers says it'll shut down work on a new Mississippi River bridge near St. Louis. The Metro East Black Contractors Organization says it's meeting with the director of the Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday. The group says it'll shut down work on Monday if the meeting isn't satisfactory.
Big Lake, Mo., where recovery efforts for the body of Missouri State Police trooper Fred Guthrie Jr. are taking place. Guthrie was helping with flood duties in Holt County on Monday when he apparently was swept away by the flood waters.
Searchers located the body of Fred Guthrie's patrol dog Reed on Tuesday afternoon near Mo. Highway 118 in Holt County, about 100 yards from the location where Trooper Guthrie's truck and boat were found on Monday. The search for the trooper's body continues.