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Man sentenced to 12 years for Illinois officer’s crash death

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Thirty-five-year-old Jason Stoker of Chester didn’t attend Thursday’s sentencing hearing, but the judge accepted an agreement between prosecutors and…read more »

3-year-old loses both parents in accident

CABOOL, Mo. (AP) — A 3-year-old Missouri boy has been left without parents after both his mother and father died in a vehicle accident. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 24-year-old Bryce Ash and 23-year-old Kalena Freitas died Wednesday in an accident near the town of Cabool in southern Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says…read more »

Storm hits Illinois State Fairgrounds, cancelling concert

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Heavy rain caused the cancellation of an outdoor concert at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand and some flooding at the fairgrounds. Thunderstorms dumped up to 2 inches of rain in the Springfield area Thursday night as some 8,000 fans were at the fairgrounds grandstand for a concert by country singer Thomas…read more »

Missouri River Relief executive director retires

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It was nearing midnight on Jeff Barrow’s 48th birthday, and he was bobbing in the river where the Missouri meets the Mississippi — naked except for a life vest. As was his custom, he looked around and saw magic in the setting. He said it was like swimming through galaxies. “Everything’s…read more »

Fleeing suspect reports fake active shooter to avoid arrest

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in an eastern Missouri burglary called a hospital to report an active shooter to create a diversion as he fled from police. KSDK-TV reports that police responded to Mercy Hospital in Crystal City and determined there was no shooter. Police later found the suspect in the Festus burglary…read more »

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Cubs place Montgomery on DL, move Chatwood back to rotation

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Left-hander Mike Montgomery has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs, and Tyler Chatwood will return to the rotation and start Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Montgomery has left shoulder inflammation and the DL move was made Friday night, retroactive to Aug. 12. Chatwood has a major…read more »

Harper drives in 3, Nationals snap skid, beat Cardinals 5-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Koda Glover rewarded his manager’s faith. Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in three runs, Glover earned the save in the first opportunity since Ryan Madson was placed on the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals…read more »

NASCAR champion Truex needs sponsor to keep team intact

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. needs sponsorship to stay with his championship-winning race team. Truex is locked in a fierce battle with former champions Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in his push to defend last year’s Cup Series title. His Furniture Row Racing team is in the mix even though the…read more »

AP source: Browns, Dez Bryant still talking but no deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern. The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but “conversations continue” between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the…read more »

Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Austin Gomber learned plenty about pressure during a 15-game stint in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen earlier this season. The left-hander used that experience to his advantage on Wednesday night. Gomber tossed six shutout innings in his fourth start of the year, Marcell Ozuna homered and the Cardinals won their season-high…read more »

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