Chris Hrabe's High School Spotlight: Norm Sanders, Sports WriterOne of his first assignments was covering the 1985 World Series in St. Louis, but it was talking about his 32 years of high school coverage that made him emotional.
Editorial Cartoon in Belleville News-Democrat Causes Nationwide StirMonday's edition of the Belleville News-Democrat included the cartoon, which appears to liken President Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South, Ruby Bridges.
Belleville Obit Says Woman Died of Watching Trump InaugurationRobin Porch's obituary reads, "With Trump as president, Canada wasn't far enough, so she moved to Heaven."
13-Year-Old Accused in Rural Missouri Town Carjacking SpreeOne of the cars was allegedly used to smash down a fence around the football field at the local high school.
Police: Burglary Suspect Fatally Shot in St. Clair CountyThe St. Clair County Sheriff's Department is investigating after it says one person was killed in an alleged home invasion in Lenzburg.
REPORT: Illinois Police Spent $120K After FergusonIllinois police departments in suburban St. Louis spent about $120,000 on overtime and riot protection gear in preparation for possible unrest stemming from events in Ferguson, law enforcement records show.
Illinois Rep. Introduces 'Knockout Game' LegislationThe legislation would stiffen the penalty for those convicted of battery while taking part in the "game," making it punishable by 3-7 years in prison.
18-Year-Old Found Shot Dead in East St. LouisThe Belleville News-Democrat reports Roman Brooks was found in snow and a pool of blood early Friday.
Fairview Heights Police Investigate Funeral TheftA donation box was robbed Saturday at the First Baptist Church during a funeral mass for 28-year-old Krystie Flaherty of Swansea, who died Oct. 20.
Police: Centreville Special-Needs School BurglarizedThe Belleville News-Democrat reports that the burglar stole money from the JTC Academy and ripped wiring away from the walls during the break-in late Friday or early Saturday.
St. Clair Co. Official Defends Audit as RoutineThe Belleville News-Democrat reported the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund was "investigating" the county but Board Chairman Mark Kern insists it is not an investigation.
Scott AFB Civilian Workers To Get Furlough NoticesThose exempted from the furloughs include firefighters and others who hold jobs are considered essential for safety and security.

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