An Illinois State Police trooper was shot while executing a warrant in East St. Louis. After the shooting, police surrounded a home near 42nd Street and Caseyville Avenue.  Photos by Kim Bell and Christian Gooden, St. Louis Post- Dispatch

These are the local incidents of homicide or neglect involving children, based on Post-Dispatch reporting. This list doesn't include children killed in car accidents (unless a criminal charge was filed), self-inflicted accidental shootings or incidents not being investigated by homicide detectives.

From cardinals, chickadees, and cranes to deer, bear, and rabbits, Spooner Advocate photographer Bill Thornley has again captured a beautiful series of outdoor moments. Enjoy.

Melanie Spaulding has been discovering and photographing plants in Cleburne County and has found many plants that she regards as impressive finds for the county and Alabama.

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