Defense secretary comes to Scott
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will preside during Wednesday morning’s change of command ceremony that will install Gen. Darren McDew as the new head of Transcom. The ceremony is at 11 a.m. at the base. Get more details here.
Region learns more about victim in murder-suicide
The woman who was shot and killed by her ex-husband Monday afternoon in Columbia had arrived at the home of John Hannon to pick up items she had recently been awarded in the divorce. Get more details here.
FBI subpoenas documents on ex-East St. Louis treasurer
An FBI agent issued a summons to city Treasurer Charlotte Moore. Newly appointed City Manager Alvin Parks said the FBI was at City Hall to help the police force. Get more details here.
Attendance weak at Illinois State Fair
Fewer than 412,000 people attended the annual event and brought in just $1.36 million, $55,000 short of last year’s total. Get more details here.
Part of Indiana oil refinery reopens
Gas prices could start dropping in the coming days after BP restarted a large crude distillation unit at its Whiting refinery. The unexpected closure caused gas prices to jump an average of nearly 53 cents in just a few days. A senior petroleum analyst says “it’s just a matter of time” before gas prices drop below $2 in Illinois and other Midwestern states. Get more details here.
Stock market tumbles after morning rally
Stocks surged Tuesday morning after China announced it was cutting interest rates to shore up its economy, one day after a major sell off that saw the Dow drop 588 points. But in the final hour of trading, the Dow slid 204.78 points to close at 15,666.44. In the previous five days, the Dow has fallen nearly 1,700 points. Get more details here.
Americans who stopped train shooting are honored
During a ceremony conducted by French President Francois Hollande, the three Americans credited with stopping a man planning “to commit an attack” received France’s highest honor, the French Legion of Honor. Get more details here.