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Delta variant blamed for southwest Missouri virus increase

Jun. 18, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated health officials in the Springfield area are imploring residents to get COVID-19 vaccinations as the faster-spreading Delta variant pushes case numbers and hospitalizations higher. Random testing of virus samples have determined that...

Man convicted of trying to set fire to Jewish nursing home

Jun. 17, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man has been convicted of using a homemade bomb to try to set fire to a Jewish-sponsored assisted living facility in Massachusetts last year, federal prosecutors say. John Rathbun, 37, of East Longmeadow, was convicted by a jury this week in...

Officer responding to shooting accidentally hits wounded man

Jun. 16, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer responding to reports of shots fired accidentally struck a wounded man who was lying in a street, authorities said. Eric Cole, 42, of Springfield, was flown to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later....

No movement on energy policy overhaul as Senate adjourns

Jun. 15, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Legislators returned to Springfield to take up a massive overhaul of energy policy that includes a bailout for nuclear plants and closing coal-fired plants, but negotiations stalled Tuesday. Proposals on energy and an elected school board in Chicago are...

Soldiers' home trustees to reopen superintendent search

Jun. 15, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Holyoke Soldiers’ Home trustees will reopen the search for a new superintendent to lead the facility that was devastated by the coronavirus in the spring of 2020 after their first choice confirmed Tuesday that he will not take the job. Trustees...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 15, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Congrats, parents, on saving ‘Invest in Kids’ — for now Some poor and working-class parents buttonholed legislators at the Capitol in Springfield. Others pursued lawmakers by phone, frantic to protect...

Body of missing Oregon man found in Maine lake

Jun. 14, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

SWANVILLE, Maine (AP) — The body of a missing Oregon man was found in a Maine lake on Monday, authorities said. Maine Game Wardens said they located the body of Christopher Friedrich, 41, of Springfield, Oregon, in about 30 feet (9.1 meters) of water about a half mile...

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...