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Plenty to do at Riverfest without carnival

Plenty to do at Riverfest without carnival

Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach says despite there not being a carnival this year, Riverfest on the first week of August is still the biggest party of the summer. And he says there’s still plenty to do. Another change this year is cheaper food tickets. The rate is $10 for ten tickets. Last year it was…

Man convicted in standoff over eviction changing lawyers

Man convicted in standoff over eviction changing lawyers

The lawyer who represents 57-year old Jeffrey Sorrentino of Peru when he’s sentenced won’t be the same one who represented him at trial. Judge H. Chris Ryan found Sorrentino guilty but mentally ill two months ago in connection with an armed standoff with police who were evicting him from a foreclosed home. In court Friday,…

Ottawa Elementary District mulls new safety manual

Ottawa Elementary District mulls new safety manual

The Ottawa Elementary School District is updating its safety manual. The current one is from 2007. It details what teachers and staff need to do in a number of emergencies. Shepherd Middle School Assistant Principle Melanie Conley says staff members have to be ready to deal with emergencies they didn’t use to. The updated manual…

Algal bloom could happen on the Illinois River

Algal bloom could happen on the Illinois River

Algae could be blooming on the Illinois River. A toxin was detected in the river at Hennepin. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Kim Biggs says environmental and health officials are watching for bluish and greenish masses from Morris to Lacon. An algal bloom is a natural phenomenon often triggered by weather. It was hot for…

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Illinois Sports 6/21/18

Illinois Sports 6/21/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls went big in the draft, taking Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. with the No. 7 pick and giving them another versatile frontcourt player to go with Lauri Markkanen. The 6-foot-10, 259-pound Carter can hit from the outside and score…

Illinois Sports 6/20/18

Illinois Sports 6/20/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber…

Illinois Sports 6/19/18

Illinois Sports 6/19/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader. Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against…

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Severe weather, flash flooding still a threat from Plains to mid-Atlantic

Severe weather, flash flooding still a threat from Plains to mid-Atlantic

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office(CULPEPER, Va.) — The weather will remain quite active this weekend one day after more than 200 reports of severe weather from the Plains to the South and mid-Atlantic.More summer thunderstorms are expected this weekend in the same regions, with possible flash flooding, tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.Strong storms are expected…

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Mike Huckabee tweets photo of apparent gang he says is Nancy Pelosi’s ‘campaign committee’

Mike Huckabee tweets photo of apparent gang he says is Nancy Pelosi’s ‘campaign committee’

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Arkansas Gov. and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee posted a photo of apparent gang members on Twitter, saying they are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “campaign committee.”The image, tweeted Saturday morning, shows five tattooed men using what appears to be hand signs for MS-13, an international criminal gang that was formed…

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Former all-star Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with the Los Angeles Kings

Former all-star Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with the Los Angeles Kings

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Former NHL all-star Ilya Kovalchuk, who left the league to play professionally in Russia, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Kings on a three-year deal, according to ESPN.ESPN adds that Kovalchuk will receive $6.25 annually on the deal. Kovalchuk left the NHL in 2013 to play for SKA St. Petersburg in…

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Uber driver was watching tv show prior to fatal crash, police say

Uber driver was watching tv show prior to fatal crash, police say

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images(TEMPE, Arizona) — The operator of a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Arizona was watching an episode of “The Voice” via a streaming service in the moments before her SUV struck and killed a pedestrian walking her bicycle across the street, according to a police report.The incident in March raised alarms about the ability…

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The metal world mourns Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, dead at 54

The metal world mourns Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, dead at 54

Rob Monk/Metal Hammer Magazine/Team Rock via Getty ImagesVinnie Paul, co-founder of Pantera has died. He was 54. A message on the Pantera Facebook page reads, “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah.  No further details are available…