BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Bond has been set at $7 million for a man charged with fatally shooting three men and wounding a 4-year-old boy at a central Illinois apartment complex. The Pantagraph reports 25-year-old Sydney T. Mays Jr. made his first court appearance in Bloomington on Friday.
BEARDSTOWN, Ill. (AP) - A report says a central Illinois pork-processing plant released more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the U.S. The Chicago Tribune reports nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project assessed water pollution by nearly 100 large meat-processing facilities in the U.S. The report found that meat-processing giant JBS's Beardstown plant released about an average of 1,850 pounds of nitrogen daily into an Illinois River tributary.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A skilled-nursing addition to the state-run veterans' home in Quincy has been named for a Medal of Honor winner killed in the Korean War. Cpl. Lester Hammond Jr. grew up in Quincy. He was killed in action and is buried at Sunset Cemetery at the veterans' home. Hammond Hall is a former nursing home the state purchased to provide 150 skilled-nursing beds. It's part of a revamp of the veterans facility beset by Legionnaires' disease that has led to the deaths of 14 residents since 2015.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education has approved proposals to expand the teacher workforce. The board voted this week to seek legislative changes to make it less cumbersome for qualified professionals to move into teaching careers. The recommendations stem from a yearlong study involving focus groups, data analysis and review of national research. The findings were released last month in the Teach Illinois report.
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