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25-year-old Yokeia Smith faced two counts of first-degree murder for the shotgun shooting deaths of her four-year-old daughter and five-year-old son in East St. Louis on August 31. She was jailed in St. Louis on separate crimes.
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Yokeia Smith's aunts Gayle Jones (at left) and Martenia Jones, along with cousin Dawn Triplett (at far right), addressing the media regarding Smith's case.
Illinois' board of education says a former top federal prosecutor will head a probe it has launched into spending by East St. Louis' cash-strapped public school system.
Friday's announcement of the probe comes as the 7,500-student district is under state control and beset by questions about its paying millions on consultants and conventions.
The state board says the probe will be headed by A. Courtney Cox, southern Illinois' former U.S. attorney. His firm will be paid up to $100,000 a year to do the investigation, at the district's expense.