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File photo of a jail cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ill. Lawmaker Asks for Prisoners’ Compassionate Release

An Illinois lawmaker is looking for ways to shorten prison sentences for federal inmates.

02/27/2014

Hailey Owens

Community Shows Support for Owens’ Family

The people of Springfield will once again show their support for murder victim Hailey Owens’ family, as the 10-year-old is laid to rest Wednesday.

02/26/2014

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Funeral Services Set for Hailey Owens

Services have been scheduled for a 10-year-old Springfield girl who was abducted and killed last week.

02/24/2014

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Mo. University: Foreign Languages On Decline

Missouri State University plans to revamp its undergraduate program in foreign languages because so few students are taking French and German.

02/24/2014

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Audit: Ill. State Agency Misses the Mark

The new head of the state’s department of Central Management Services got an earful from lawmakers over the agency’s inability to keep accurate records of the property the state owns.

02/24/2014

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Mixed Reviews for Repeat DUI Offenders Proposal

A proposal to allow four-time DUI offenders a chance to drive again is drawing mixed reviews.

02/24/2014

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Illinois Lawmaker Takes Aim At Capitol Food, Fitness Habits

State Rep. Don Moffitt is forming a “fitness caucus” at the Capitol to encourage fellow lawmakers, others to shed some pounds and eat healthier.

02/22/2014

Craig Michael Wood (Booking Photo from Greene County Sheriff's Department)

Child Porn Found At Coach’s Home In Girl’s Killing

A police search of the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in a 10-year-old girl’s kidnapping and death found child pornography and more than a dozen guns.

02/21/2014

Craig Michael Wood (Booking Photo from Greene County Sheriff's Department)

Missouri Coach To Plead Not Guilty In Girl’s Death

A middle-school football coach accused in the kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri plans to plead not guilty, his public defender said in a brief hearing Friday.

02/21/2014

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Ill. Senate Cracks Down on “Revenge Porn”

A proposal to crack down on “revenge porn” passes an Illinois Senate committee.

02/20/2014

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