Update: Company linked to motorcycle crash cooperating

U.S. 06/22/19, 20:10

The Latest on a deadly crash between a pickup truck and several motorcycles in New Hampshire (all times local): 9:10 p.m. The owner of a company that employs the truck driver identified as involved in a deadly collision with motorcycles says he ...

TV weatherman who called out his employer is fired

U.S. 06/13/19, 15:02

An Illinois broadcast meteorologist who was taken off television after criticizing an unpopular "Code Red" weather alert system has been fired, his former employer confirmed.Joe Crain's dismissal was confirmed Thursday by Rob Ford, a spokesman for Sinclair Broadcast Group, which ...

1st black priest in US, ex-slave, positioned for sainthood

U.S. 06/12/19, 15:58

Pope Francis has positioned for sainthood a former slave and the first known black Roman Catholic priest in America.The pontiff on Wednesday declared the Rev. Augustine Tolton, of Quincy, to be "venerable." The Diocese of Springfield announced that the designation ...

MGM discontinues talks with Wynn on Encore Boston purchase

U.S. 05/21/19, 21:35

MGM Resorts International says it will no longer pursue buying Encore Boston Harbor from Wynn Resorts.MGM said Tuesday that stakeholders have concerns. It owns a casino in Springfield and wouldn't have been allowed to operate two in Massachusetts.Wynn Resorts says ...

Staffer: Illinois newspaper editor resigned to spare layoffs

U.S. 05/14/19, 18:34

Illinois' capital-city newspaper, a 188-year-old institution tied intimately to Abraham Lincoln, is without a news chief after its editor resigned in hopes of sparing more layoffs, according to a staff writer.Angie Muhs served notice of her resignation on Friday from ...

Arkansas governor’s nephew faces new corruption charges

U.S. 04/11/19, 17:28

A former Arkansas lawmaker, the nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for helping a Missouri nonprofit in a widening federal corruption probe that already has ensnared several state legislators, according to an indictment unsealed ...

‘Family values’ tattoo helps identify man accused in rape

U.S. 02/07/19, 13:07

Charging documents say a swastika and "family values" tattoo helped police identify a Missouri man accused of choking, raping and stabbing a woman.The Springfield News-Leader reports that 26-year-old James Simpson, of Springfield, is jailed on six felony charges, including first-degree ...

Illinois man receives posthumous clemency in stabbing case

U.S. 01/15/19, 12:41

Just days before he left office, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner granted posthumous clemency to a man imprisoned for a stabbing that a serial killer later confessed to committing.The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois in Springfield said ...

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

Amazing 12/17/18, 11:35

A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer.The Springfield News-Leader reports that David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once ...

Illinois surveys damage after rare December tornadoes

U.S. 12/02/18, 12:28

Residents in central Illinois are assessing damage from rare December tornados that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people. The Springfield Journal Register reports the National Weather Service sent crews Sunday to survey the hardest-hit ...

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