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Man walking on Illinois interstate dies after truck hits him

May. 16, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A 62-year-old man died after being struck by a truck as he walked on an Illinois interstate on Friday, State Police said. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Larry Jones of Highland parked his car in the median of Interstate 70 in Bond County on Friday afternoon. Authorities...

COVID-19 crisis delays probe of former priest's prison death

May. 5, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The investigation into the prison death of a southern Illinois priest shortly after he began serving a nine-year sentence for child pornography and drug possession has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, a county coroner said. Perry County Coroner Paul Searby has...

Chicago-area priest is next bishop in southern Illinois

Apr. 3, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Pope Francis has picked a Chicago-area priest as the next bishop of the Catholic Diocese in southern Illinois. The Rev. Michael McGovern follows Bishop Edward Braxton, who is retiring as leader of the 28-county Belleville Diocese. McGovern, 55, lately has been the pastor at St....