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Hospital groups pledge to help minority-owned businesses

Jun. 13, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts hospital groups are among a dozen health systems nationwide that have pledged to increase spending with minority- and women-owned businesses by at least $1 billion over five years. The so-called Impact Purchasing Commitment...

Death of Illinois inmate restrained by cops deemed homicide

Jun. 13, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death of a 39-year-old inmate restrained by Sangamon County correctional officers and shocked with Tasers has been classified as a homicide, according to authorities. Jaimeson Daniel Cody died April 28 as he was being restrained and...

Singer Brett Young added to Illinois State Fair lineup

Jun. 13, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Country singer Brett Young will perform this summer's Illinois State Fair. Young will take the grandstand stage on Aug. 20, with opening act Russell Dickerson, Agriculture Department officials said. Young is an Academy of...

Former Missouri CPA sentenced to prison for Ponzi scheme

Jun. 11, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A one-time certified public accountant in south-central Missouri has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for conducting a Ponzi scheme that swindled millions of dollars from dozens of victims. Douglas Richardson, 47, of...

Man charged in shooting death of Springfield man

Jun. 10, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Springfield man, the Greene County prosecutor announced Thursday. Mickal Johnson, 22, was charged in the death of 42-year-old Christopher L. Kuder after the shooting...

Massachusetts Roman Catholics called back to Mass

Jun. 09, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Roman Catholics across Massachusetts are being called back to Sunday Mass. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston as well as the bishops of Springfield and Fall River in similar statements Wednesday announced that the faithful are once again...

Man fatally shot in Springfield; city's 11th killing in 2021

Jun. 09, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 22-year-old man is in custody after a fatal shooting in Springfield, Missouri. Police were called just after 2 a.m. Wednesday and found a gunshot victim in the roadway. The man, 42-year-old Christoper L. Kuder of Springfield, died later at a...

2 people die in crash on I-391 in Chicopee

Jun. 09, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — Two people have died in a crash on Interstate 391 in Chicopee, state police said in a statement Wednesday. The two-vehicle crash occurred in the southbound lanes at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. ...

Museum to show Emancipation Proclamation to mark Juneteenth

Jun. 08, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield will mark Juneteenth — the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — by displaying a rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The copy of the...

Missouri officials urge vaccinations before Fourth of July

Jun. 08, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike in southwestern Missouri, and residents there are being urged to get vaccinated before gathering for Fourth of July activities. Springfield-Greene County Acting Health Director Katie Towns said 142 new cases of the...