Driver with record charged with 7 homicides in biker crash

U.S. 06/24/19, 15:14

The driver of a pickup truck in a fiery collision on a rural New Hampshire highway that killed seven motorcyclists was charged Monday with seven counts of negligent homicide, and records show he was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving last month and in 2013. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested Monday ...

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 can't reach the driver. Dartanyan Gasanov is the owner of Westfield ...

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 owns Crain's former employer, WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois. Ford declined ...

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 means that Tolton lived a life of "heroic virtue."Tolton was ...

Religious leaders want slowdown in push for Chicago casino

Sports 05/29/19, 04:43

A number of Chicago religious leaders are urging the city's mayor and Illinois legislators to slow their push to place a casino in the city.The pastors said Tuesday they don't necessarily oppose a casino on principle, but they do want to make sure black and brown communities in Chicago benefit ...

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 it agreed to end discussions and remains "committed to opening ...

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 The State Journal-Register in Springfield, owned by one of the ...

Wildlife experts, snorkeler free owl trapped in fishing line

U.S. 04/12/19, 20:20

A barred owl caught a lucky break when a snorkeler banded with wildlife officials to rescue the bird from a fishing line tangled in trees above the James River in Missouri.Bill Hulsebus was visiting the Springfield Conservation Nature Center last week when he came across the injured owl, dangling by ...

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 Thursday.Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and two former executives of ...

R. Kelly gives 28-second performance at Illinois club

Entertainment 04/07/19, 13:22

R. Kelly gave a 28-second performance and spent about half an hour more hobnobbing with fans who paid $50 to $100 to see him at a club in the Illinois capital of Springfield.The R&B singer posted a video on his Instagram page hours before the early Sunday performance at the ...

Divac, Moncrief, Sikma, Weatherspoon headline ’19 Hall class

Sports 04/06/19, 17:22

The longest active streak of missing the NBA playoffs belongs to Sacramento, where general manager Vlade Divac has been trying to return the Kings to the league's elite over the last four seasons.Back when the slick-passing Serbian big man was in the paint, the Kings had quite the run. For ...

Illinois set to hike minimum wage to $15, highest in Midwest

U.S. 02/14/19, 19:18

Illinois legislators moved quickly Thursday to deliver one of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour — more than double the pay floor that most of its Midwestern neighbors require.The state House voted 69-41 to ...

Plan for $15 Illinois minimum wage plan heads to House floor

Business 02/13/19, 19:07

An Illinois House committee approved a measure Wednesday that would hike the state's minimum wage to $15 within six years, setting up the legislation for an immediate floor vote and delivery to a receptive Gov. J.B. Pritzker by next week.The Labor and Commerce Committee voted 19-10 along party lines to ...

Analysis: $15 minimum wage no windfall for Illinois workers

U.S. 02/12/19, 17:55

Nearly a quarter of workers in Illinois would see their pay almost double under a proposal nearing final approval in the Legislature, but inflation will take a huge bite by the time the state's minimum wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025.The statewide pay floor has remained at $8.25 since ...

‘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 rape. No attorney is listed for him in online court ...

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 Tuesday that Grover Thompson received the first posthumous exoneration in ...

Illinois refuses permit for concert to be hosted by R. Kelly

Entertainment 01/12/19, 13:34

Illinois officials say a concert in Springfield that was to be hosted by R. Kelly cannot take place in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star. Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert told the Chicago Tribune that the application for the Spring Break Jam in April ...

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 a month during his year-long jail sentence. Conservation agents are ...

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 areas, including Taylorville, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Springfield. Joyce ...

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