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Cook County center to aid newly released inmates

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials in Chicago are launching a center to help inmates newly released from Cook County Jail.

A ribbon-cutting for the Supportive Release Center will be held Wednesday morning. The center is close to Cook County Jail, which is one of the largest jails in the country.

Champaign police investigating shooting

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an early morning shooting Tuesday in the 1400 block of Williamsburg Drive.

About 1:30 a.m., Champaign officers received multiple reports of gunshots there.

Police found evidence of gunfire and learned a 28-year-old male had arrived at Carle Foundation Hospital with a noncritical gunshot wound to the leg.

Warrant: Woman 'slapped' squad car before police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Skeletal human remains found near Pekin

PEKIN (AP) — Officials say skeletal human remains have been found by a person who was mowing grass at a home in central Illinois.

Tazewell County sheriff's deputies responded Monday to a home near Pekin, where the remains were found behind the home. Chief Deputy Jeff Lower says a deputy confirmed that the remains were human and a search was conducted of a wooded area nearby.

Parents ask court to let them take Charlie Gard home to die

LONDON (AP) — Charlie Gard's mother returned to a London court Tuesday to ask a judge to let her and the baby's father take their critically ill son home to die.

Lifeguards out for run rescue 10-year-old

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two lifeguards out for a run along a New Jersey beach helped rescue a 10-year-old girl who got caught in a rip current.

Chadwick Beach lifeguards Matt Schwartz and Brett Tusinac, both 19, were on a physical training run along a stretch of water in Brick Township that is not heavily monitored when they heard the girl's cries for help on Monday afternoon.

Latest drug conviction results in 25-year prison sentence

URBANA — A man who had drugs for sale in an Urbana home last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The sentence handed down Monday marked at least the fourth drug-related conviction for Jermari Dorsey, 37, who was living in the 200 block of South Dodson Drive in January 2016 when police found about 22 grams of crack cocaine and 9 grams of heroin there.

Urbana man charged in robbery at Urbana Taco Bell

URBANA — An Urbana man was arrested following his alleged involvement in a robbery over the weekend outside an Urbana Taco Bell.

Marshaun Kendall, 19, who listed an address in the 1600 block of North Lincoln Avenue, was charged on Monday with felony robbery and resisting a police officer.

New Urbana police data: Traffic stops down, but black drivers overrepresented

URBANA — According to new Urbana Police Department data, compared with the average of the first two quarters of the last five years, the first two quarters of 2017 resulted in 270 fewer police traffic stops, with black drivers 62 percent more likely to be stopped than expected based on the city's driving population.

Jim Dey: Judge puts temporary lid on Cook County's soda tax

Cook County's efforts to impose a staggering new tax — 1 cent per ounce — on sugary drinks was supposed to become effective July 1. But business interests challenged the new tax in the courts, persuading a judge to block its implementation until he has had a chance to examine and rule on the legal arguments against it.