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EPA Funding
5:57 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Missouri Authorities Awarded $1.6 M To Redevelop Brownfields

Credit (via Environmental Protection Agency)

Three Missouri agencies will receive $1.6 million in federal funds to cleanup and redevelop contaminated properties.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it has selected public authorities in St. Louis, Springfield and Jefferson City, to receive the funding as part of its $15 million supplemental revolving loan funds (RLF).

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Gov. Jay Nixon
6:11 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Threat Against Gov. Nixon "Not Credible," Says Mo. Hwy. Patrol

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A rumored threat made against Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has turned out to be false, according to the State Highway Patrol.


It centered on alleged comments in which someone was quoted as saying they wanted to hire someone to kill the governor.  MSHP Captain Tim Hull says they wrapped up their investigation this afternoon.

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Smoking Ban
7:37 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Mo. High Court Will Not Hear Smoking Ban Challenge

(via Flickr/seannaber)

The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a legal challenge to Springfield's smoking ban, officially ending a lawsuit filed by a bar owner.
 
Attorney Jonathan Sternberg says the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a legal challenge by Jean Doublin, owner of Ruthie's Bar in Springfield.
 
In June, an appeals court rejected Sternberg's argument that the Springfield law conflicts with the state's clean air act. He says a provision in the state law allows smoking in bars and taverns, which overrides the Springfield law.
 

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The Picture Show
2:54 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Bringing Springfield's Photos Back To Life

Triplets born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Atterberry of Petersburg at St. John's Hospital, two girls and a boy, Aug. 21, 1930.
Courtesy of Rich Saal/State Journal-Register

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 1:04 pm

The first photography staff at the Illinois State Journal carried heavy, clumsy and slow Speed Graphic cameras. They shot on glass plates, and only had a few precious exposures to use throughout their day.

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Features - Mary Surratt retrial
6:30 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Retrial designed to give Lincoln assassination co-conspirator the voice she never had

Ill. appellate judge Thomas Appleton swears in Mary Surratt (Aasne Vigesaa) during a civilian retrial at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 3, 2011.
(Dave Blanchette/Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)

On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt became the first woman executed by the federal government when she was hanged for her role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Surratt owned the boarding house in Washington, D.C. where many of the conspirators lived and met. Her own son John was an active participant in the plot. But the depth of her involvement was as hotly debated then as it is now.

A unique collaboration allowed Illinois residents to be a part of that debate and to rewrite a small part of history, if just for the night.

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Jared Lee Loughner
1:29 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Appeals court: No forced meds for Tucson suspect at Mo. facility

Jared Lee Loughner.
(U.S. Marshals Service)

An appeals court has ordered federal prison officials to temporarily stop forcing anti-psychotic drugs on the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage.

The brief order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came late Friday after Jared Lee Loughner's lawyers appealed a ruling allowing him to be medicated.

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Illinois & Japan Radiation
11:53 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Officials: no reason for concern in Ill. over radiation from Japan

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The map above depicts the locations highlighted in the following story where trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been found in Illinois - Will County and Springfield, Ill.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have shown up in Illinois. But state officials say there's no reason for concern.

Minute levels of radioactive materials have been detected in both northern and central Illinois.  The state's Emergency Management Agency says radioactive iodine was found in grass clippings in Will County and in an air sample collected at a lab in Springfield.

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World Record Attempt
1:53 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Lincoln fans go for record by reciting speech

(via Jenna Dooley, WUIS)

Winter hats mingled with stovepipe hats at the center of a nationwide effort to honor Abraham Lincoln and set a world record.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday in Springfield to recite the speech Lincoln gave when he left for the White House. At the same time, people across the country read the speech in hope of setting a new mark for the most people to read a document aloud simultaneously.

Lincoln delivered his heartfelt goodbye exactly 150 years ago.

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Death of Springfield, Ill. Mayor
1:02 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Springfield mayor Davlin's death ruled suicide

Timothy Davlin, former mayor of Illinois' capitol city, Springfield, was found dead in his home after a 911 call to police on Dec. 14, 2010. The death has been ruled a suicide. (UPI/City of Springfield, Ill.)

Springfield Mayor Timothy Davlin's death has been ruled a suicide.

A Sangamon County inquest Thursday determined the 53-year-old Democrat died of a close-contact bullet wound to the heart in a vehicle parked at his home Dec. 14.

Investigators say they found no note from Davlin. They say there were no signs of foul play and no drugs or alcohol in his body.

Davlin apparently called 911 from a cordless landline phone in his car but hung up.

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Illinois Death Penalty
6:20 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

UPDATE: Ill. House re-votes, passes bill to repeal death penalty, goes to Senate

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. In this building today, the Illinois House of Representatives voted on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

UPDATE Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 p.m. :   Via the Associated Press, The Illinois House, reversing an earlier tally, has voted 60-54 to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate.

A decades-long effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois has fallen one vote shy of House approval.

House members voted 59-58 Thursday on abolition. The bill needed 60 votes for approval.

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