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10 pm news

Fury of Ferguson descends on St. Louis County Council

2014-09-16 22:15:00 STLToday.com
Invective, threats mark contentious two-hour meeting  Read Full Story ...

Controversial Mo. school program teaches young kids about guns

2014-09-16 22:08:47 kmov.com
A state run program is putting guns in the hand of kids as young as 4-years-old Read Full Story ...

9 pm news



Mo. Senator calls for former St. Ann Police Officer to be barred from other police force

2014-09-16 21:42:25 kmov.com
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Central West End robbery suspect used unusual weapon of choice

2014-09-16 21:41:31 kmov.com
Two separate robberies occurring in the Central West End neighborhood led investigators to a female suspect who used mace as her weapon of choice. Read Full Story ...

Crusaders fall in OT to West

2014-09-16 21:31:00 BND.com

With time running down in overtime and Belleville West trailing Althoff 3-2 on Tuesday, Maroons sophomore Max Oplt glanced at the clock as he gathered himself for one final shot.

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8 pm news



Ferguson protesters call to remove McCulloch at St. Louis Co. Council meeting

2014-09-16 20:59:13 kmov.com
Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old disrupted a government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case Read Full Story ...

Metro-east still well represented in state football rankings

2014-09-16 20:35:00 BND.com

Despite a lopsided 57-32 win over state-ranked East St. Louis on Saturday, the Edwardsville Tigers remained fourth in the new Associated Press Class 8A state football rankings released Tuesday.

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7 pm news



Ellisville may be the next Missouri municipal to ban texting while driving

2014-09-16 19:03:56 kmov.com
Ellisville may join several Missouri communities that ban texting while driving. Read Full Story ...

6 pm news



Teen eludes electronic monitoring, attacks student

2014-09-16 18:59:00 BND.com

A probation officer was suspended Tuesday after a teenager on home electronic monitoring was able to leave his home earlier this month and allegedly sexually assault a pregnant Chicago State…

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Police looking for man who tried to rob nurse at St. Anthony's Medical Center

2014-09-16 18:54:28 kmov.com
A man wanted narcotics attempted to rob the St. Anthony's Medical Center hospice facility early Saturday morning, police said, leading to the center being placed on lockdown. Read Full Story ...

U.S. senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales

2014-09-16 18:51:00 STLToday.com
Two St. Louis-based miners, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, are among beneficiaries of public land coal sales. Read Full Story ...

Tuesday's high-school sports scores

2014-09-16 18:49:00 BND.com

Following are results of high-school sporting events played Tuesday by teams from the metro-east:

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Illinois woman gets 4 years probation for starving death of her son

2014-09-16 18:37:03 kmov.com
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Voter rolls issues reported in southwest Illinois

2014-09-16 18:01:27 kmov.com
Issues with multiple voters being listed to single address were among the potential problems with voter rolls in southwestern Illinois, according to a published report on Sunday Read Full Story ...

Vashon High School freshman loses eye in shooting at St. Louis corner store

2014-09-16 18:00:00 STLToday.com
Mother of shooting victim calls for an end to violence. Read Full Story ...

5 pm news



News 4 Schools: Metro East school district stepping up efforts to fight obesity

2014-09-16 17:43:45 kmov.com
A grant has allowed elementary school students in the East St. Louis School District to have PE and a range of exercise options Read Full Story ...

Census: Number of uninsured drops in Missouri, remains flat in Illinois

2014-09-16 17:26:00 STLToday.com
Missouri had 29,000 more gain coverage, while 4,000 more Illinoisans had health insurance in 2013 Read Full Story ...

Driver killed in Metro East crash

2014-09-16 17:17:00 STLToday.com
Jeremiah Michael McGovern lived in New Athens but was from Mount Vernon, Ill. Read Full Story ...

Private funds, ads pay for new turf at Bellevile high schools

2014-09-16 17:10:33 kmov.com
The Belleville School District said private funding is being used to help pay off a loan taken out to build new artificial football fields at both of the district?s high schools Read Full Story ...

Missouri won't appeal rewrite of early voting item

2014-09-16 17:10:00 BND.com

The Missouri attorney general's office will not appeal a ruling rewriting the ballot summary of an early voting proposal.

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Scaled-back children's facility taking shape in Cape Girardeau

2014-09-16 17:06:00 STLToday.com
JEFFERSON CITY   ?   Missouri's top mental health official said Tuesday that the state will downsize and privatize the 32-bed Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center, a youth psychiatric facil… Read Full Story ...

4 pm news



DOJ flier about investigation into Ferguson PD not reaching residents

2014-09-16 16:58:27 kmov.com
The investigation into the Ferguson Police Department by the Department of Justice (DOJ) was announced two weeks ago. The DOJ provided a flier with a hotline number and email address to hear from residents. But Ferguson residents said they have not Read Full Story ...

McLean County nixes marijuana cultivation center

2014-09-16 16:54:00 BND.com

The McLean County Board denied a special use permit for a proposed medical marijuana cultivation center on Tuesday, saying it would be more like a factory than a farm.

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Ladue to turn over some emergency dispatching

2014-09-16 16:48:00 STLToday.com
Central County Emergency 911 to take over fire and emergency medical dispatching. Read Full Story ...

Missouri veto session displays political divide

2014-09-16 16:44:00 BND.com

Missouri is no stranger to divisive politics. During the Civil War, the state had two men claiming to be governor at the same time.

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Glendale gets grant to remove trees

2014-09-16 16:39:00 STLToday.com
The effort will target about 15 dying and diseased trees on the right of way. Read Full Story ...

MoDOT says unsafe Montgomery Co. bridge is example of larger problem

2014-09-16 16:37:08 kmov.com
MoDOT has shut down the bridge over Elkhorn Creek in Montgomery County because it has been crumbling to the point where it has become unsafe. Read Full Story ...

Dooley proposes the elimination of County Municipal Court fee

2014-09-16 16:30:00 STLToday.com
County Executive responds to post-Ferguson outcry over burdensome legal fees  Read Full Story ...

Dooley proposes the elimination of St. Louis County Municipal Court fee

2014-09-16 16:30:00 STLToday.com
County Executive responds to post-Ferguson outcry over burdensome legal fees  Read Full Story ...

St. Charles police make arrest in 2 gas station robberies

2014-09-16 16:30:00 STLToday.com
Christopher R. Roy is being held on $100,000 cash-only bail Read Full Story ...

New charges in death of 82-year-old Navy vet

2014-09-16 16:13:24 kmov.com
Two new charges were filed in the beating death of an 82-year-old Pulaski County man. Read Full Story ...

local FL LYIN' FISH

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2014-09-16 16:13:16 CagleCartoons

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Tensions between St. Louis Police, officers union over body cameras

2014-09-16 16:05:35 kmov.com
Tensions are bubbling up between St. Louis Police and the officers? union over the possibility of officers wearing body cameras Read Full Story ...

A-B 'disappointed' with NFL over scandals

2014-09-16 16:00:00 STLToday.com
Bud Light became the NFL's official official beer sponsor beginning in 2011. Read Full Story ...

3 pm news



NY State and Scotland

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2014-09-16 15:54:35 CagleCartoons

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Book of Mark Sanford

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2014-09-16 15:54:24 CagleCartoons

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Missouri panel to review highway, water merger

2014-09-16 15:49:00 BND.com

Missouri lawmakers plan to review the effects of a 2011 merger of the state Highway and Water patrols after a man drowned this year while in trooper custody.

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Murder suspects plead to lesser charges

2014-09-16 15:44:00 BND.com

Two people accused of killing a central Missouri couple have pleaded to drug offenses, avoiding trial on charges of second-degree murder.

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Missouri House panel will investigate water patrol training, merger

2014-09-16 15:40:00 STLToday.com
JEFFERSON CITY ? A special Missouri House committee will examine whether the 2011 merger of the state water patrol with the Missouri Highway Patrol has produced the savings and other benefits … Read Full Story ...

Scotland

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2014-09-16 15:39:18 CagleCartoons

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Chesterfield break caused 11 million gallon sewage release, MSD says

2014-09-16 15:20:00 STLToday.com
Force main rupture was upstream from area drinking water intake. Read Full Story ...

APNewsBreak: Chicago DEA chief heading to DC

2014-09-16 15:19:00 BND.com

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago division, who has been outspoken about the growing influence of Mexican cartels in the American heartland, is leaving to take one of…

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Frontier to resume New Castle-Chicago flights

2014-09-16 15:04:00 BND.com

Frontier Airlines say it will resume seasonal service New Castle Airport and Chicago-Midway in the summer of 2015.

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AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

2014-09-16 15:04:00 BND.com

Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American…

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CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

2014-09-16 15:00:00 BND.com

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures ? the most dangerous kind of obesity ? has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according…

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2 pm news



Missouri unemployment rate drops slightly

2014-09-16 14:24:00 BND.com

A new report shows Missouri's unemployment rate dipped slightly last month while the state lost 3,100 nonfarm jobs.

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Columbia murder victims' family seeking damages

2014-09-16 14:19:00 BND.com

An attorney for the family of three southwestern Illinois murder victims filed another motion requesting the assessment of damages.

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Police: Penn. barracks ambush suspect sought mass murder

2014-09-16 14:11:00 STLToday.com
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa.  ?   The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist who has expressed a desire to kill law enforceme… Read Full Story ...

Scotland Going Solo

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2014-09-16 14:08:40 CagleCartoons

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Surveying, soil issues mulled

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2014-09-16 14:05:00 theintelligencer.com
Another important step has been taken toward the construction of a new Public Safety Facility with the approval of a contract with FGM Architects for pre-design services at a recent Public Safety Faci Read Full Story ...

Students assist with family's rescue

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2014-09-16 14:00:00 theintelligencer.com
Being nosy can be an annoying trait, but thanks to five friends who were being nosy, a family was saved from a house fire. Read Full Story ...

1 pm news



Scottish IndependenceCO LOR

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2014-09-16 13:56:48 CagleCartoons

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New subpoena issued for Ill. anti-violence program

2014-09-16 13:54:00 BND.com

Federal authorities in Chicago issued a new subpoena seeking records involving Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program, state officials confirmed Tuesday.

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Police Cameras

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2014-09-16 13:32:47 CagleCartoons

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Corinthian Colleges sued for predatory lending

2014-09-16 13:20:00 STLToday.com
WASHINGTON ? Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a "predatory lending scheme." Read Full Story ...

McDonald's offering free coffee for 2 weeks

2014-09-16 13:15:00 STLToday.com
The offer is good today through Sept. 29 at all participating McDonald's across the country. Read Full Story ...

Most awkward interviews: Tales from the sports reporters roundtable

2014-09-16 13:15:00 STLToday.com
Bernie Miklasz hosted the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch sports beat writers for a roundtable session with readers on Monday night Read Full Story ...

Most awkward interviews: Tales from the P-D sports reporters roundtable

2014-09-16 13:15:00 STLToday.com
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Framework set for class discussions

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2014-09-16 13:10:00 theintelligencer.com
After classroom discussions at Edwardsville High School about the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., became emotionally charged and tense, Edwardsville District 7 Superint Read Full Story ...

EHS, SIUE grad bound for China

2014-09-16 13:00:00 theintelligencer.com
Recent SIUE graduate Sean Severson is beginning a two-year study program in China after receiving a full scholarship from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.  Read Full Story ...

12 pm news



Highland School District, striking teachers schedule another negotiating session

2014-09-16 12:58:00 STLToday.com
District teachers have been on strike since Thursday.  Read Full Story ...

Lawmaker panel delays decision on fracking rules

2014-09-16 12:49:00 BND.com

A legislative panel said Tuesday that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.

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SW Missouri man dies in plant accident

2014-09-16 12:49:00 BND.com

A southwest Missouri man died after he was hit by a front-end loader at a quarry for a construction company.

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ISIS

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2014-09-16 12:22:09 CagleCartoons

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Highland teachers to distribute sack lunches during strike

2014-09-16 12:18:53 kmov.com
The Highland Education Association will be distributing sack lunches to students in the Highland School District this week. Read Full Story ...

Quarter-million Ozark residents use food pantries

2014-09-16 12:18:00 BND.com

A new survey says more than a quarter-million Ozarks residents used a food pantry at least once in the last year.

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Happy Sukkot

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2014-09-16 12:10:36 CagleCartoons

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Fight To The Last American

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2014-09-16 12:10:13 CagleCartoons

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A look into judicial complaints and ethics

2014-09-16 12:10:00 theintelligencer.com
Question: I live in a pretty big county, at least compared to most in Illinois.  I subscribe to my local paper, and it recently ran an article about a couple of judges in my county.  Apparently, two j Read Full Story ...

Shana Tovah

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2014-09-16 12:08:10 CagleCartoons

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Water main break forces Normandy High School to dismiss early, cancel activities

2014-09-16 12:07:41 kmov.com
Normandy High School will dismiss students early and has canceled all after school activities for Tuesday after a water main break. Read Full Story ...

Collinsville preparing for Italian Fest

2014-09-16 12:00:00 theintelligencer.com
Collinsville will celebrate Italian Fest on Friday and Saturday in uptown Collinsville.   Read Full Story ...

11 am news



Normandy High School out early due to water main break

2014-09-16 11:59:00 STLToday.com
All after school activities cancelled.  Read Full Story ...

Jewish New Year

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2014-09-16 11:57:24 CagleCartoons

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Shana Tova

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2014-09-16 11:53:34 CagleCartoons

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How to Stop ISIS

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2014-09-16 11:49:46 CagleCartoons

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St. Louis metropolitan economy barely grew in 2013

2014-09-16 11:46:00 STLToday.com
Real GDP here was up just 0.1 percent, well below the national metro average of 1.7 percent. Read Full Story ...

$87 in change adds up to more trouble for Lincoln County man

2014-09-16 11:44:00 STLToday.com
Philip Ivan Pickett admits to a rash of car stealings, police say Read Full Story ...

SCOTLAND

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2014-09-16 11:41:33 CagleCartoons

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Adrian Peterson abuse charge

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2014-09-16 11:38:51 CagleCartoons

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School bus driver killed during safety drill

2014-09-16 11:30:00 BND.com

An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday before the vehicle rolled over the…

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GM to add 750 workers to Wentzville plant

2014-09-16 11:28:45 kmov.com
General Motors is adding 750 workers to their Wentzville, Missouri factory in anticipation of high demand for two new small pickup trucks. Read Full Story ...

Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers

2014-09-16 11:18:00 BND.com

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U of I chancellor regrets uproar over professor

2014-09-16 11:18:00 BND.com

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise told a committee of faculty leaders that she regretted the uproar that resulted from the decision not hire a professor whose Twitter messages…

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Missouri appeals court affirms St. Louis overhaul of firefighter pension plan

2014-09-16 11:13:00 STLToday.com
The ruling means firefighters with less than 20 years of service will see reduced benefits. Read Full Story ...

Suspect seeks bond in Illinois meat-tampering case

2014-09-16 11:01:39 kmov.com
A southwestern Illinois man accused of inserting sewing needles into packaged supermarket meats that a federal prosecutor called ?booby traps? wants a federal judge to reconsider denying him his release on bond. Read Full Story ...

Wentzville GM plant adding third shift, 750 jobs

2014-09-16 11:00:00 STLToday.com
It's the first time in the plant's 30-year history that it will run three shifts.  Read Full Story ...

Body cameras for St. Louis city officers will cost $1.2 million plus

2014-09-16 11:00:00 STLToday.com
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10 am news



Georgia man gets 20 years for gun battle at school

2014-09-16 10:53:00 STLToday.com
DECATUR, Ga.   ?  A gunman who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sente… Read Full Story ...

Defendant admits manslaughter in Ferguson death from 2013

2014-09-16 10:45:00 STLToday.com
Sentencing for Lironz Carroll will be Sept. 29. Read Full Story ...

St. Peters woman sentenced for running prostitution operation out of hotel room

2014-09-16 10:45:00 STLToday.com
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Boy, 12, accidentally hangs himself in back yard

2014-09-16 10:33:00 BND.com

Funeral services are Wednesday for a 12-year-old suburban St. Louis boy who died in an accidental hanging in his back yard.

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St. Peters woman get 8-year sentence for promoting prostitution

2014-09-16 10:32:00 STLToday.com
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Former Illinois state's attorney disciplined

2014-09-16 10:23:00 BND.com

The Illinois Supreme Court has censured a former long-time southern Illinois state's attorney in connection with racial comments he made during a 2011 murder case.

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Lincoln County man says he beat girl, 3, because he was strung out

2014-09-16 10:17:00 STLToday.com
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Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case

2014-09-16 10:13:00 BND.com

A judge has extended into January the term of the grand jury considering whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Boots on the Ground

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2014-09-16 10:07:57 CagleCartoons

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9 am news



SIUE Receives Insight Into Diversity 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

2014-09-16 09:57:39 SIUE.edu

HEED Award

Today, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award?a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion? SIUE will be featured along with 82 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine?s November 2014 issue.

?SIUE nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work,? said Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. ?Each member of the University is responsible for contributing to such a campus environment.

?We are committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, SIUE strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive.?

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected SIUE based on exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, as well as all others. Specifically, the establishment of the We Are One University Diversity Plan and the creation of a new Multicultural Center are evidences of the University?s commitment, said Dr. Venessa Brown, associate chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

?We sponsor book clubs and film series to intentionally generate intellectual discussions, increase knowledge and further our understanding and value of society as a whole, and thereby broaden our view of the world,? Brown said. ?Our Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with most units on campus to ensure that we model the value of relationship building. We have created a number of mentoring programs, such as, faculty mentoring student athletes, faculty mentoring students with disabilities, and faculty peer mentoring to name a few.

?We have also established a Champion for Diversity Award. The award is presented to a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated an exemplary level of dedication to SIUE?s mission of fostering equal opportunity, positive interactions with students, staff and faculty, and who respects and values differing backgrounds and points of view within SIUE.?

?We hope the HEED award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,? said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit insightintodiversity.com.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity, celebrating its 40th year in 2014, is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education today. Known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, this is the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and articles on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Feature stories include interviews with innovators and experts, and profiles of best practices and model programs. Readers also find career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses embracing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River?s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.

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Police: Washington man fed up with barking kills neighbor dog

2014-09-16 09:46:00 STLToday.com
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Police: Washington man fed up with barking kills neighbor's dog

2014-09-16 09:46:00 STLToday.com
The dog the man killed apparently was not the one that was barking.  Read Full Story ...

Wal-Mart spokesman said to resign over falsehood in resume

2014-09-16 09:34:00 STLToday.com
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SIUE Faculty and Students Test Open Educational Resources Pilot

2014-09-16 09:30:05 SIUE.edu

As a result of rising textbook costs and the proliferation of Open Educational Resource (OER) materials, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is conducting a pilot program in order to gauge the feasibility of using OER as a no-cost or low-cost alternative to traditional textbooks.

Eleven faculty members from various disciplines worked with Information Technology Services (ITS) and Library Information Services (LIS) during the summer to identify or create OER to be used in select courses being offered during the current fall term.

In place of traditional textbooks, faculty and students participating in the pilot instead are relying primarily on other electronic resources, most of them freely available in the public domain. The selected courses will use OER in place of the standard textbook, using the iPad mini as the delivery device.

SIUE students have benefited from the University?s textbook rental program, which has kept their costs relatively affordable. Textbook costs have continually increased, with average annual textbook fees now at nearly $1,200 per student, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund and The Student PIRG.

In contrast, SIUE?s undergraduate students pay an average of $165 per semester for a 15 credit hour course load. SIUE has been able to keep costs affordable by amortizing expenses over several terms by reusing textbooks.

?The future of the textbook market and our program looks quite different as publishers begin to shift toward digital content,? said Joseph Pearson, director of the Morris University Center. ?As publishers introduce digital content, they charge per user, per seat, per semester, which significantly increases the costs of these course materials.?

?While it?s always difficult to predict the future, recent trends support the idea that most course materials will transition to digital content during the next few years,? said Matthew Schmitz, associate director of Online and Blended Education in the SIUE department of Information Technology Services. ?While this change most certainly could be more expensive, the transition to digital content also offers opportunities to provide access to a wider variety of learning activities, resources and content than traditional textbooks offer.?

Changes in technology have provided faculty access and the ability to create and self-publish high quality, open educational resources.

Sorin Nastasia, assistant professor of public relations in the Department of Applied Communication Studies within the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, is participating in the pilot program. The course ?Technology Applications in Public Relations (ACS 315)? involves 31 students. The students gain expertise in the Adobe CS6 package with which they are directed to create logos, business cards, newsletters, brochures and websites.

?ACS 315 lends itself perfectly to this type of approach,? Nastasia said. ?Using open educational resources rather than traditional textbook materials allow students to understand and become proficient in technology applications. They need to go through tutorials and see examples of possible outcomes.

?From their course schedule, students have direct access to tutorials and examples pertinent for a specific week, topic and project. They are guided to go through all OERs for a course date before they come to class. They also have apps on their iPads that can help them with their projects.

?For a hands-on course like ACS 315, all of these are of great help to the faculty as teaching tools and to the students as learning tools,? Nastasia added. ?They are more up-to-date than traditional textbooks and they allow for increased dynamism in the class. I definitely see this trend of using OERs for some courses continuing successfully in the future.?

During the fall semester, students in the pilot will be surveyed at various intervals to determine the effectiveness of the OER material selected for their courses. In addition, ITS instructional designers and LIS librarians will be working with faculty members to locate OER for any additional topics that might arise as a result of course activities or discussions.

At the conclusion of the pilot, all faculty, staff and student participants will be surveyed. The collected data will be used to identify the strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, and presented to the University administration. This report will determine the future of OER initiatives at SIUE.

Along with ITS and LIS, the OER pilot project is the result of collaboration among many other University offices including the Office of the Provost, the University Bookstore, Textbook Services and the Office of the Registrar.

Additional information about the SIUE OER pilot project is available from the resource site.

About Open Educational Resources

The Hewlett Foundation defines OER as ?teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge.?

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UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

2014-09-16 09:30:00 STLToday.com
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Belleville West loses top running back to ankle injury

2014-09-16 09:19:00 BND.com

Belleville West senior running back and leading rusher Antoine Davis suffered a high ankle sprain in Friday's win over Granite City and is expected to miss four to six weeks,

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Ohio adds 2 charter schools to misconduct inquiry

2014-09-16 09:19:00 BND.com

The state department of education has expanded its review of an embattled charter school chain to include two additional cities amid additional complaints, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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FBI investigates Missouri officer's stun gun use

2014-09-16 09:13:03 kmov.com
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USDA: Rain, cold hampering Illinois corn harvest

2014-09-16 09:09:00 BND.com

Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have slowed the state's corn harvesting to a creep, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on the heels of its forecast of a…

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Fairmont Park in danger of closing if slot machine legislation not passed

2014-09-16 08:51:29 kmov.com
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) ? Saturday marks the final day of horse races for the 2014 season at Fairmount Park. As workers in Collinsville prepare for another off-season, some wonder just how many more seasons the track can stay open without slot Read Full Story ...

Trial set for man accused in infant son's death

2014-09-16 08:38:00 BND.com

A trial has been scheduled for early next year for a southern Illinois man accused of killing his 3-month-old son.

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7 am news



Recent Missouri editorials

2014-09-16 07:33:00 BND.com

The Joplin Globe, Sept. 13…

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How would the Roosevelts have fared in today's political culture?

2014-09-16 07:30:00 STLToday.com
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Four tons of tires, broken docks and trash picked up from Lake Taneycomo shoreline

2014-09-16 07:29:00 STLToday.com
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4 tons of trash taken out of Lake Taneycomo

2014-09-16 07:28:00 BND.com

A volunteer cleanup of Lake Taneycomo shoreline turned up nearly 4 tons of trash, including broken docks, tires and several fishing poles.

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6 shootings in violent night in St. Louis

2014-09-16 07:18:00 BND.com

One person is dead and five others are injured after another violent night in St. Louis.

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FBI investigating after teen injured by stun gun

2014-09-16 07:13:00 BND.com

The FBI is investigating a police confrontation in Independence that ended with a 17-year-old hospitalized in critical condition.

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Fire officials: 1 injured in Elgin house explosion

2014-09-16 07:08:00 BND.com

An Elgin man is in intensive care after an explosion blew out the walls and windows of his house, fire officials said.

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Cameron's last battle

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2014-09-16 07:04:30 CagleCartoons

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SIUE School of Nursing to Host U.S. Army DRASH Simulation

2014-09-16 07:00:05 SIUE.edu

DRASHsimulatorThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing will be hosting the United States Army for a scaled-down version of the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH). The event will take place Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the School of Nursing atrium on the second floor of Alumni Hall.

The Army will have approximately five representatives attending the event to showcase real-life simulations and to answer questions. Additionally, students in attendance will have the chance to win a military medical history book with the winner to be announced Tuesday.

?The School of Nursing is excited to partner with the U.S. Army,? said Dr. Roberta Harrison, assistant dean for undergraduate programs. ?Student nurses will witness the highly technical medical services used in the battlefield, while learning about the scholarship and career opportunities offered by the Army.?

Army Captain Derrin Jones and his military team will conduct the event. ?The DRASH simulation is one way to allow students, who are considering medicine in any capacity, to come and view what we do.? said Jones. ?Our team travels across the U.S. for students to experience firsthand some of the military?s finest assets used in the field for saving lives.?

Students attending the event will be able to speak to military personnel and ask questions regarding the many scholarships provided by the Army for aspiring medical professionals. Students will learn what equipment the Army Forward surgical team uses in the front lines during times of conflict. Utilizing DRASH equipment allows Army medical personnel to improve the survival rate of injured service men and women.

?Thanks in part to Lieutenant Colonel David Motes from SIUE?s Army ROTC program, the Army was able to partner with SIUE to offer diverse learning opportunities and challenging leadership roles to young medical professionals,? Jones said. ?That, coupled with the endless educational opportunities, will help further advance SIUE students? careers.?

Photo: U.S. Army Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) demonstration.

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6 am news



FBI to investigate Independence police after teen hit with stun gun is hospitalized

2014-09-16 06:45:00 STLToday.com
The teen remained in the hospital in critical condition.  Read Full Story ...

Rash of shootings in St. Louis leaves one dead, six wounded

2014-09-16 06:15:00 STLToday.com
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Rash of shootings in St. Louis kills Maryland Heights man, wounds five others

2014-09-16 06:15:00 STLToday.com
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Rash of overnight shootings in St. Louis leaves one dead, five wounded

2014-09-16 06:07:00 STLToday.com
ST. LOUIS ? A rash of shootings in St. Louis overnight left one person dead and five injured. Read Full Story ...

5 am news



Chicago man charged in sex assault, officer injury

2014-09-16 05:38:00 BND.com

A Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend and injuring a university police officer who tried to help her has been ordered held on $800,000 bond.

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ISIS ISIL

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2014-09-16 05:22:04 CagleCartoons

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Smart ass Watch

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2014-09-16 05:17:17 CagleCartoons

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Missouri police search for thief, missing car

2014-09-16 05:08:00 BND.com

Richmond Heights police are searching for a woman who stole a car with an elderly woman inside.

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Missouri man gets 15 years for bank robbery

2014-09-16 05:08:00 BND.com

A Missouri man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for threatening to bomb Charleston schools to distract police while he robbed an area bank.

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Sewage spills into St. Louis County creek

2014-09-16 05:03:00 BND.com

Authorities are advising people to say away from a north St. Louis County creek after a sewage leak.

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4 am news



Columbia children's hospital gets kid-friendly MRI

2014-09-16 04:03:00 BND.com

Young patients in need of an MRI at a Columbia children's hospital can now pretend to take beach vacations while they undergo magnetic resonance imaging.

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EXCHANGE: Museum displays village's past

2014-09-16 04:03:00 BND.com

After more than two years of repairs, collection and ceaseless cataloging, Ste. Marie resident Mike Hartrich is proud of the museum in the Sainte Marie Foundation House.

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Chicago mayor says students read 2.7 million books

2014-09-16 04:03:00 BND.com

Chicago Public School students read 2.7 million books this summer as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Readers Summer Learning Challenge, officials announced Monday…

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Movie 'Gone Girl' expected to premiere in Missouri

2014-09-16 04:03:00 BND.com

It looks like the premiere of the major motion picture "Gone Girl" will happen in Missouri before most of the rest of the country gets to see it.

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1000 students transfer from St. Louis area schools

2014-09-16 04:03:00 BND.com

More than 1,000 students have transferred from two St. Louis area school districts that have been struggling to gain traditional state accreditation.

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3 am news



Lake County to collect veterans' stories

2014-09-16 03:48:00 BND.com

Veterans and civilians who supported war efforts from World War II to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are being invited to share their stories this Veterans Day.

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DuPage County report first West Nile virus case

2014-09-16 03:33:00 BND.com

The DuPage Health Department on Monday announced the county's first reported human case of West Nile virus this year.

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Hearing set for man accused in deadly bank holdup

2014-09-16 03:18:00 BND.com

A man accused of fatally stabbing two southern Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery has been scheduled for another federal court appearance.

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Aurora man sentenced for stealing from school

2014-09-16 03:08:00 BND.com

A judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man for embezzling nearly $50,000 from a Catholic high school and spending the money to gamble, as well as to fund trips to…

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South Beloit mom gets probation in infant's death

2014-09-16 03:03:00 BND.com

A northern Illinois woman was sentenced Monday to four years of probation in the starvation death of her 7-month-old son.

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1 am news



Highs and lows of the United Kingdom

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2014-09-16 01:35:39 CagleCartoons

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Scotland about to vote

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2014-09-16 01:34:04 CagleCartoons

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12 am news



In an effort to make a lesson better, Missouri's teacher of the year found himself in the middle of violence

2014-09-16 00:15:00 STLToday.com
Hazelwood West teacher said although he was injured, details from the scene have enriched conversations with his journalism students.  Read Full Story ...

Missouri's teacher of the year found himself in the middle of violence

2014-09-16 00:15:00 STLToday.com
Hazelwood West teacher said although he was injured, details from the scene have enriched conversations with his journalism students.  Read Full Story ...

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