Debra Hersman heads the National Safety Council says texting and gas prices are partially to blame.
City’s murder total has topped 100 in mid-July, compared to 71 through July 2014.
There were three murders in the city of St. Louis within a three-hour span early Sunday.
The ex-husband and son of an Illinois woman convicted in the deaths of her two baby daughters 25 years ago were killed Saturday.
Cerebral malaria was the cause of death for two men from South Africa whose bodies were found at a southwest Missouri motel where they had stopped during a motorcycle trip.
Illinois legislation would change standards of officer-involved death investigations, police-worn body cameras and officers’ use of force.
There has been a sharp rise of honey bee deaths in Illinois, but there are steps that local governments may be able to take to reverse that trend.
A strain of bird flu responsible for the deaths of millions of chickens and turkeys in several states is spreading across Missouri.
Early Sunday morning, two sisters, ages 15 and 20, were found shot to death in a vacant lot on north Vandeventer Avenue. On Thursday morning, two young women were found shot to death inside an apartment on Natural Bridge Road near Fairground Park.
Monroe County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin says two men and a woman were vacationing with their families in the Keys when they died on Monday.