Updated 1:23 p.m. May 3 with information about lawsuit:
Via the Associated Press:
A group of 25 southeast Missouri farmers is suing the federal government over its decision to blow a hole in a levee, causing their farmland and houses to flood.
Cape Girardeau attorney J. Michael Ponder filed the lawsuit Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives on the Birds Point levee to ease pressure from the swelling Mississippi River.
A Missouri National Guard member stages vehicles at the Cape Girardeau armory in preparation for possible use in state emergency duty. More than 200 Missouri Guard members were activated in anticipation of possible flooding in the southern portion of Mo.
Credit (via Flickr/The National Guard/M. Queiser/Missouri National Guard)
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.
The Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't keep statistics on accidents unless a moving car is involved. That's why Ed Barsotti with the League of Illinois Bicyclists says "dooring" was invisible in state record books.
State officials say the March unemployment rate dropped in every Illinois metropolitan area for a record seventh consecutive month.
A report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows that the Rockford metropolitan area with the state's highest unemployment rate, at 13.3 percent. That's almost 4 percentage points lower than the same time last year.
The Kankakee-Bradley metropolitan area March rate was second-highest, at 12.7 percent.
Other metro areas with jobless rates over 10 percent were:
The federal judge for Rod Blagojevich's second corruption trial almost immediately refused a request from the former governor's lawyers this morning to delay by several weeks the opening of the proceedings