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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say dozens of people suspected of participating in gang-related crimes have been arrested as part of anti-violence efforts ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Police say officers were joined by agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in raids that started Thursday. The raids come as more than 1,000 extra officers are set to hit the streets to help stem the surge in violence that typically accompanies long holiday weekends in Chicago.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago City Council is set to vote on a proposal to build a police academy on the city's West Side. The proposal has sparked protests from residents angry about the $95 million price tag. Friday's scheduled vote follows Mayor Rahm Emanuel decision to halt Wednesday's council meeting during which a vote on the academy was to be taken.

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) - A man charged with killing a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student in 2014 is set to go to trial next month. The Southern Illinoisan reports 23-year-old Gaege Bethune's trial is scheduled for June 4. He's charged in the death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese, whose body was found in a wooded area in Carbondale five days after he was reported missing.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors in southern Illinois have charged a teenager in connection with threats that forced the closing of two Belleville high schools. Eighteen-year-old Derek L. Burton was charged Thursday with aggravated assault using a deadly weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a person younger than 21 and making a threat to harm someone at a school. Authorities say Burton's mother called early Wednesday saying he made suicidal comments and was having relationship troubles with his girlfriend.

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