Thousands join March for Science in downtown Chicago

Posted on April 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Several thousand people rallied in downtown Chicago in a March for Science event, with participants saying science in under attack from the Trump administration. Those taking part marched Saturday from Grant Park to the Field Museum. Chicago police issued a request asking that more people heading downtown after the march started not do so because of congestion. A brass band whose members wore white lab coats played "You Are My ...

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Authorities drop 33 cases against pipeline protesters

Posted on April 22, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have dropped 33 cases stemming from arrests of protesters against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2ofXsTp ) that prosecutors and judges last month dismissed 33 misdemeanor cases, while another 14 cases were resolved by guilty pleas that month. Most of the cases dropped last month related to criminal trespass charges from the late summer and fall. Prosecutors ...

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Elephant tranquilizer found in 2 central Illinois overdoses

Posted on April 22, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois county coroner has found a tranquilizer used on elephants and other large animals in the blood of two recent drug-overdose victims. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/2oufNID ) that the drug is carfentanil . The federal Drug Enforcement Administration says it is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says toxicology tests from a ...

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Durbin calls for findings from Cairo public housing probe

Posted on April 22, 2017

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says federal authorities should release findings of a probe into problems with southern Illinois housing developments. The Southern Illinoisan reports (http://bit.ly/2pOIm4h ) Durbin held a public town hall Friday in Cairo and met privately with city and housing officials. He says the Housing and Urban Development has had enough time to investigate. The problems stem from two public housing developments. ...

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Illinois receives $16M to fight opioid addiction crisis

Posted on April 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is receiving more than $16 million in federal money to help fight a prescription drug addiction crisis. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants. The money will go toward prevention, treatment and recovery services. Duckworth says the money "will go a long way toward ending the opioid epidemic." Durbin says it's a crisis that impacts every community in ...

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Woman who embezzled from Chicago museum gets prison

Posted on April 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - An ex-employee of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History who authorities say stole nearly $1 million from the institution has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times report Caryn Benson was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang. He says the theft was a serious offense and abuse of the public trust. Benson declined Chang's offer to make a statement. Chang ordered Benson ...

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Golf ball pieces from harvest cause hash brown recall

Posted on April 22, 2017

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) - A food company is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states because the potatoes may have pieces of golf balls in them. McCain Foods USA's recall notice said the golf balls apparently were "inadvertently harvested" along with the potatoes and chopped up. They say the pieces could be a choking hazard, but no injuries have been reported. The company is recalling 2-pound bags of Harris Teeter Brand Frozen ...

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Chicago law firms cultivate new cannabis-specific practices

Posted on April 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Law firms throughout Chicago, from national firms to solo operations, are carving out cannabis practices as marijuana use gains acceptance. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2p0I5LG ) reports that firms are increasingly offering to help companies navigate the highly regulated world of medical marijuana in Illinois and elsewhere. The stigma surrounding the federally illegal drug has barred some firms from advertising their ...

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Florida trucker fatally shot on highway near Chicago

Posted on April 22, 2017

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say investigators are trying to determine what led up to a Florida truck driver being fatally shot while driving on a highway just outside Chicago. Illinois State Police say 43-year-old Eduardo Munoz of Sunrise, Florida, was shot about 4 p.m. Friday on Interstate 88 in the western Chicago suburb of Oak Brook. Police say someone in another vehicle shot at the truck, hitting Munoz. He was able to stop the ...

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Renovated oldest U of Illinois academic building to reopen

Posted on April 22, 2017

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The oldest academic building on the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus is scheduled to reopen this summer after a $78 million renovation. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2pgxdfM ) faculty will begin moving back into the Natural History Building on May 16 after the school's commencement. Classes will resume in the building next fall. The building will now have high-tech classrooms and modern ...

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