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Family asks for escaped Illinois murder suspect to surrender

CARMI, Ill. (AP) — The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend. The White County sheriff’s office says 24-year-old Zachery Shock was among three men who used a pipe to break through an outside wall early Saturday…read more »

McCaskill’s husband invested in hedge fund tied to Caymans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four years after Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill co-sponsored legislation targeting tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, her husband began investing in a hedge fund tied to the Caribbean nation — an investment that has paid off handsomely. The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that Joseph Shepard has invested $1 million…read more »

Rauner orders backlog of discrimination complaints ended

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is ordering his administration to develop a plan for dealing with over 1,000 backlogged discrimination complaints. The Republican issued an executive order Wednesday directing the Illinois Human Rights Commission to develop within two months an 18-month plan for deal with allegations of discrimination based on race, religion, age and more.…read more »

Guilty pleas in illegal shipping of hazardous waste

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three people have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally transporting 9 million pounds of hazardous waste from Mississippi to Missouri without acquiring the proper permits. Raymond Williams, 71, of Atlanta, the president and CEO of U.S. Technology Corp., based in Canton, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to transport hazardous…read more »

Kentucky judge strikes down new pension overhaul law

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s new public pension overhaul law was struck down Wednesday in a setback for the state’s Republican leaders on an issue that angered thousands of teachers who marched on the Capitol and closed schools in protest. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd, assigned to referee the state’s biggest political fight, ruled…read more »

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Herrera’s solo homer lifts Phils to 4-3 win over Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Odubel Herrera smiled when told he was being compared to Ichiro Suzuki and Vladimir Guerrero. He has potential to be known by his first name just like Ichiro and Vlad, too. Herrera hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the seventh inning, Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat…read more »

Lester wins 5th straight start, Cubs beat Dodgers 4-0

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 on Wednesday. Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. Baez had two doubles, a triple and a steal. He also made some solid…read more »

Escobar’s consecutive streak as Royals’ SS to end

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar’s streak of making 406 consecutive starts as the Kansas City Royals shortstop is about to end. Manager Ned Yost said he plans to play Adalberto Mondesi, 22, a couple of days a week at shortstop. Escobar, 31, has been the Royals everyday shortstop since 2011 after being acquired…read more »

Cubs put closer Morrow on DL; Darvish throws simulated game

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will have to get by without closer Brandon Morrow for at least a little while. The Cubs placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday because of lower back tightness, leaving a short-handed bullpen without its most important piece. While Morrow went on the DL, Yu Darvish threw…read more »

Cardinals righty Michael Wacha suffers left oblique strain

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha has left Wednesday’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies with a left oblique strain. Wacha exited the game in the bottom of the fourth. He allowed three runs — one earned — in 3 2/3 innings. Wacha surrendered a two-run homer to Cesar Hernandez and pitched to…read more »

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