Stories planned for the Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, Herald-Whig

Posted: Sep. 24, 2013 7:24 am Updated: Sep. 24, 2013 12:15 pm

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BUILDING COMMITTEE: The Quincy School District hopes to find out quickly what the community feels about the idea of repairing, replacing or reconfiguring the district's aging schools. Depending on what feedback it gets from the public, the board may decide to put a tax issue before voters by as early as next March.

PRUETT PLEA AND GO: The Quincy man who caused a 21-hour standoff with Quincy Police earlier this year is going to prison on a sexual abuse charge.



OBRIEN COLUMN: Thanks to the Internet, it's never been easier to communicate. If you want to tell me that my work stinks, all you have to do is fire off an email and hit send. Within a few seconds, your words reach my inbox. That's led to some interesting "fan" letters over the years.



ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: The number of immigrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again after dropping during the recession.

KENYA-MALL ATTACK: Kenyan security forces battle al-Qaida-linked terrorists in an upscale mall for a fourth day in what they say is a final push to rescue the last few hostages in a siege that has left at least 62 people dead.

NAVY YARD SHOOTER-SECURITY CLEARANCE: The Navy Yard shooter lied about a previous arrest and failed to disclose thousands of dollars in debts when he applied for a security clearance in the Navy. Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own -- deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis' use of a gun in that arrest.

LEAKS INVESTIGATION-PLEA: A former FBI explosives expert will plead guilty to revealing secret information for an Associated Press story about a U.S. intelligence operation in Yemen in 2012. Donald Sachtleben of Carmel, Ind., acknowledged in court papers that he provided details of the operation to a reporter. He has also acknowledged distributing and possessing pornographic images of underage girls.

OBAMA-UN: Seeking to build on diplomatic opportunities, President Barack Obama is expected to signal his willingness to engage with the new Iranian government if Tehran makes nuclear concessions long sought by the U.S. and Western allies.

PREGNANCY-CHEMICALS: From mercury to pesticides, Americans are exposed to environmental chemicals that can harm reproductive health, the nation's largest group of obstetricians and fertility specialists declare in a new report.

BRIEFLY: Food and Drug Administration officials say they will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to help users monitor their health; Despite limited options, Republicans and industry groups seek to block Obama rules for power plants; Obama, Clinton reunite to discuss Obama's health care law less than a week before key deadline; Aid workers must be given access if parts of Syria come under a cease-fire to allow chemical weapons experts to try to bring the country's stockpile under international control, the head of the U.N.'s World Food Program says; Biden tours Colorado flood, assures survivors that government shutdown won't affect aid; Federal researchers have been working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires -- similar to the way officials use the magnitude scale for earthquakes; After Okla. court ruling, Cherokee girl at center of custody dispute goes to adoptive parents; Howard Dean returns to New Hampshire, won't rule out another presidential bid; British woman attempting solo ocean row across the North Pacific reaches Alaska; Deaf man cycling to raise awareness injured in hit-and-run crash en route to Miami; High Court reviews appeals of 4 sentenced to death for fatal rape of young woman on Delhi bus; Lindsay Lohan's mother has a scheduled court appearance to answer drunken driving charges.



PARRISH ARREST: A former Quincy man has been arrested and charged with robbing a Quincy credit union in December 2011 after he was found in Florida last month.

POLICY COMMITTEE: The Quincy School Board's Policy Committee on Monday discussed the merits of conducting random drug tests for students, but the committee isn't ready yet to make a recommendation on whether such a program should be implemented. EH

CITY COUNCIL: The Quincy City Council agreed to combine two department head positions Monday, unanimously approving the hire of Jeff Conte as director of utilities and engineering.

COUNCIL SIDEBAR: Mobile food vendors have received approval from the city of Quincy, after aldermen approved an ordinance Monday that creates regulations. The ordinance was developed with input from mobile food vendors, restaurant representatives and city officials.

LOCK AND DAM INCIDENT: The FBI has determined an incident that occurred near Lock and Dam 21 on Friday morning was not a kidnapping.



LEGAL ISSUES: Many of the civil liberties considered so precious today came into being in the post-Civil War period -- or about 20 years after Joseph Smith and the Nauvoo experience. So to look at what happened in Nauvoo in the 1840s on the basis of Monday tours of historic Nauvoo sites.

LEGAL ISSUES2: Walking in the footsteps of his ancestors gave Barney Madsen of Provo, Utah, a better understanding of history of both his church and the law. "This is Disneyland for LDS church history and law geeks," Madsen said.

PIKE BOARD: The Pike County Board has added its support to efforts to make the Upper Mississippi River a marine highway and to upgrade locks and dams.

TRANSMISSION LINE MEETINGS: Illinois Farm Bureau plans two meetings Thursday targeting the proposed Ameren Illinois rivers transmission line project. Meetings will take place in Jacksonville and Quincy.

DOG IN WELL: A dog that fell 23 feet into a northern Illinois well was able to swim for two hours until firefighters could hoist him to safety.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-KINDER: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has a message for the thousands of Missourians looking for health insurance: Don't get it through an online marketplace that launches next week. Kinder, a Republican who is Missouri's second-ranking executive, sought Monday to discourage participation in the health insurance exchanges that form the centerpiece of the 2010 Affordable Care Act signed by President Barack Obama.

LARGE SOLAR PROJECT: A Springfield utility, a St. Louis development company and a North Carolina solar company are planning to build what would the largest solar farm in the state of Missouri, officials say. The 4.95-megawatt system will be built close to a City Utilities generation station near Springfield and would produce enough energy to power about 875 homes there, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

BRIEFLY: State Rep. Jim Durkin is officially beginning his tenure as Republican leader in the Illinois House; A historic site in northwestern Illinois is highlighting Abraham Lincoln's role in an 1832 conflict; A wetlands restoration project in Illinois and Missouri has received a grant; Bloomington may ban alcohol from party busses operating in the central Illinois community; Illinois launching a new effort to stop child abuse and neglect; Rep. Rodney Davis is officially launching his re-election campaign, making a series of stops in central Illinois; Missouri officials say the personal information of more than 25,000 Medicaid recipients may have been mailed to the wrong addresses; A spokeswoman says Gov. Pat Quinn would be open to using Illinois State Police but not the Illinois National Guard if it comes to assisting Chicago police combat city violence; A plaster mask cast from the face of gangster John Dillinger after his death is going on display in Springfield; A southwestern Illinois man faces a felony animal cruelty charge after authorities say he killed a stray cat by hitting the animal with a metal bed frame; Chicago health officials are reporting the city's first human case of West Nile virus this year.



ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND HEADQUARTERS: Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that after 44 years in the small central Illinois city of Decatur, it is looking for a new location for its headquarters with better access to its global customers.

WAL-MART STORES-HIRING: Wal-Mart Stores is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers and is elevating 70,000 more to part- or full-time positions as the holiday season ramps up. The shift means that Wal-Mart will be offering more of its workers benefits after years of criticism from labor groups and against a tide of companies moving in the opposite direction.

MICROSOFT-NEW SURFACE: Microsoft refreshes its Surface tablet computers to give them longer battery life and better comfort on laps as the software giant continues its transformation into a devices and services company. The company says it tried to address many of the shortcomings with the first-generation models released last year that sold weakly.

TITAN INTERNATIONAL: Titan International, Inc. announced Monday that it is seeking to buy back up to $525 million of the company's 7.875 senior secured notes due in 2017 and plans to offer $400 million in new senior secured notes due in 2020.

BRIEFCASE: Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry agrees to sell itself to an investment group led by Fairfax Financial Holdings, its largest shareholder, in a deal worth about $4.7 billion; General Motors says it will spend $3.2 billion to buy preferred stock from a union trust fund that pays retiree health care bills; US Airways and American Airlines are extending their merger deadline by a month to give themselves time for the antitrust trial scheduled for November; Apple says shoppers snapped up 9 million of its newest iPhones since the devices were launched Friday; Wonder bread is back almost a year after it vanished from shelves; Burger King, the world's No. 2 hamburger chain, is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has 20 percent fewer calories than its regular french fries.



HANNIBAL RESIDENTS INJURED: Two Hannibal, Mo., residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Lincoln County at 2 p.m. Monday.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH: No one was injured in a school bus-semi tractor trailer accident 7:30 p.m. Monday in Ralls County.

ILLINOIS JUDGE-INVESTIGATION: A former southwestern Illinois judge facing federal heroin and weapons charges related to a courthouse scandal may offer a guilty plea before his December trial, his attorney said.

TYCO CONVICTIONS-PAROLE: They face parole hearings soon, but disgraced former Tyco executives Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz already have left a minimum-security prison in New York City for steady clerical jobs and overnights in apartments.

FIVE DEAD-TEXAS: A grandfather found his three grandchildren, his son and daughter-in-law fatally shot in their Texas home in what authorities say is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

FATAL STABBING: Two men are in custody following the fatal stabbing of a woman in St. Louis County.

PEDESTRIAN-FATAL SHOOTING: Kansas City police say a man was shot to death after he apparently hit a pedestrian in southeast Kansas City.

BURNED BODIES IN TRUNK: Two people whose burned bodies were found a Cook County forest preserve were a woman in her 70s and her daughter.

PONZI TRIAL: A federal trial begins in Rockford for a one-time CEO who's accused of running a Ponzi scheme.

VA HOSPITAL ATTACK: A western Missouri man accused of beating of a fellow Veterans Administration hospital patient to death won't be tried for murder after a prosecutor accepted his insanity plea Monday, citing a second doctor's diagnosis that the defendant is schizophrenic.

BABY-THROAT SLASHED: A central Missouri woman accused of slashing her baby daughter's throat and wrists will undergo a mental evaluation to see if she's competent to stand trial.



IW PARTNERSHIP: Illini West is the pilot school for a new business/education community partnership program in Hancock County.



RAIDERS SILENCE PIRATES: Quenna Keating's awkward dig gave the QND volleyball team a jolt of momentum late in the second set of its 25-16, 25-19 win over Hannibal on Monday at the Pit.

CARDINALS KEEP ROLLING: Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Monday in St. Louis. The Cardinals maintained their two-game lead for first place in the National League Central.

BOUNCING BACK: Speedy junior outfielder Audrey Miles helped the Palmyra softball team beat Highland Monday night in Clarence Cannon Conference action in Ewing, Mo.