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Apparent explosion damages one Rockford home

An apparent explosion causes damage to a Rockford home. More>>

Detailed suspect descriptions released in Rockford shooting

Rockford police have detailed suspect descriptions from a shooting Saturday night in the 1400 block of Sandy Hollow Road. More>>

Speed restriction lifted for Rock River

A speed restriction on the Rock River has been lifted.According to the Rock County Sheriff's Department, water levels are down from Lake Koshkonong to the Beloit Rock Town Line Road bridge. More>>

Four arrested after home invasion and stabbing in Rockford

Saturday evening around 9:30 p.m. Rockford police responded to a residence in the 600 block of 12th St. for a home invasion involving a stabbing. More>>

Woman dies trapped under a riding lawnmower in Janesville Township

Around 3 p.m. Saturday, Rock County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to North Polzin Road and West Fenrick Road for a 65-year-old female who was trapped under a riding lawnmower. More>>

Machesney Park hosts event for all ages

Machesney Park village leaders put families first at an area event.Saturday, residents enjoyed live music and activities for all ages. More>>

Machesney Park man accused of battering baby faces additional charges

A Machesney Park man behind bars for allegedly battering his girlfriend's baby faces additional charges. More>>

Rockford alderman explains city's new electric supplier

The city of Rockford has decided to select Constellation as its new electric supplier starting September's billing cycle. More>>

Health and safety day from Rockford Health System

Rockford Health System promotes healthy kids and families today at their Health and Safety Station. More>>

Zagat rates two Rockford area breweries as "must-tries" Video included

Worth the drive. That's how a nationwide ratings agency feels about two Rockford area businesses calling them a must-try.Ratings agency Zagat recently released its top five must-try breweries outside of Chicago. More>>

Northern Illinois man dead after crash in Stephenson Co.

A northern Illinois man is dead after a crash in Stephenson County. More>>

NIU employee on administrative leave over water testing

13 News has confirmed a Northern Illinois University employee in charge of testing campus water has been placed on paid administrative leave after officials learned he did not test for certain contaminants for almost two years. More>>

Semi-truck rollover on I-90 near U.S. 20

Illinois State Police are investigating a semi-truck rollover. More>>

Winnebago County Deputy Chief Iasparro to retire

Winnebago County Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro confirms he is retiring after 43 years in local law enforcement. More>>

UPDATE: Air Algerie flight crashes in Mali

A commercial jetliner which disappeared from radar over western Africa just 50 minutes after takeoff this morning, has crashed according to an Burkina Faso airport official. More>>

Second suspect in Sterling hit-and-run arrested in Texas

A Rock Falls man -- wanted for attempted murder in a hit-and-run that injured a Sterling pedestrian -- was arrested in Corpus Christi, TX. More>>

Doddy pleads not guilty in second murder case

Terence Doddy was arraigned in his second murder case Wednesday.

Illinois patients to docs: 'What about marijuana?'

Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state's new medical marijuana program.

Haskell students head back to school in Rockford

It's the first day of class in Rockford. Don't panic parents you didn't miss it, it's for Haskell Elementary, the year round school. More>>

Loves Park veteran wants to keep donating American flags

A Loves Park veteran who gives away free American flags every Memorial Day has raised $4,000 for a fund to keep the tradition going after he dies. More>>

Superintendent calls on Cardinal Pride to spruce up Meridian School District facilities

Superintendent P.J. Caposey says students and the community deserve to return to schools that have immaculate facilities despite district-wide budget reductions. More>>

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

Rockford city leaders discuss idea to help local students with college tuition Video included

A promise to help with tuition for a promise to go to college in the community. More>>

Rockford shooting leaves 19 year-old hurt

A shooting in Rockford Saturday night leaves a 19 year-old hurt. More>>

Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA teaching pros, at least one in Rockford.

The Dick's Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling.  At least one of those professionals is from the East State Street location in Rockford. More>>

Therapeutic horses at BraveHearts provide life-changing care Video included

Here in Northern Illinois, an organization called BraveHearts provides life-changing care in a way many have never seen. More>>

Rockford Health System REACT Helicopter sent to help tragedies

Two crashes on an Illinois interstate this week kills five. Although it happened 100 miles from Rockford, a local hospital says it was called in to help. More>>

Byron family says medical marijuana could save their daughter with epilepsy Video included

One Byron family says medical marijuana may save their daughter. More>>

RV catches fire in homeowner's driveway

An RV caught fire in the driveway of a Roscoe home Thursday afternoon. More>>

Rockford Police: Burglar out on parole commits same crime

Rockford Police have arrested a man for several break-ins in the city. James Moore is charged with two counts of residential burglary and filing a false report of a stolen car.

Skydiver dies during World War II-style jump in Oklahoma

Authorities say a skydiver from Illinois has been killed while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers. More>>

Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. More>>

Two men shot on Rockford's southeast side

The Rockford Police Department is asking for the public's help to find the person or persons responsible for a shooting on the city's southeast side. More>>

Six-member family killed in Gaza strike

Six members of the same family, including an 18-month-old boy, were killed after an Israeli air strike hit a refugee camp early this morning. More>>

First annual Rockford Safety Camp slated for August

Rockford Police and Fire Departments will hold the 1st annual Rockford Safety Camp for Kids with the Rockford Park District. More>>

Poplar Grove woman arrested for 2013 drug induced homicide

A Poplar Grove woman is arrested in connection with a drug related death from 2013. More>>

Rockford Police make arrest in Churchill's Grove break-ins

Rockford Police arrested a man Wednesday for a series of home break-ins in a historic neighborhood. More>>

IDNR makes rule changes to upcoming deer hunting season

Twenty additional counties have been removed from the late-winter deer hunting season.

Durbin to Putin: Take responsibility for Malaysian Airlines crash

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept responsibility for downing a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine. More>>

Report: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing 51 people

Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people.

Study: Many heavy kids think they're normal weight

A new government study says many kids don't have an accurate idea of their own weight, and many of them are obese young people who view themselves as normal.

Colorado theater shooting suspect in court for hearing on expert testimony

The man charged with the Colorado theater massacre is returning to court for the second day of hearings about what kinds of experts can testify at his trial.

Some bodies of Malaysia Airlines crash victims leave Ukraine

Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash have left the embattled eastern Ukraine today.

South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.

Rockford man dies after motorcycle crash

A Rockford man has died following a motorcycle crash in Laona Township. More>>

Driver charged in wreck on I-55 that killed four people

A semi-truck driver involved in a Will County crash that killed four people has been charged.

Rockford woman to accept humanitarian award

A Rockford woman who has dedicated her life to helping others gets a special honor for her good deeds. More>>

Magic Waters hits record high number of guests for summer

The hottest day of the summer brings in a season high attendance at Magic Waters in Rockford. More>>

Dogs could be in danger of a deadly disease while digging around

Your dog's love for exploring could lead to some health problems down the road.

Pothole problem on the decline

This time last year the Rockford region saw 50% more potholes, despite the recent harsh winter. More>>

Electricity rates to go up in Rockford, Loves Park

The cities of Rockford and Loves Park are contracting with a new electricity supplier beginning in September.

Machesney Park man arrested for aggravated battery of a child

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Belvidere Police have arrested a man for aggravated battery of a child. A 7-month-old child remains in critical condition.

$1B construction program will fund resurfacing for parts of I-39

A $1 billion highway construction program for the state includes money to resurface a portion of Interstate 39. More>>

US Appeals Courts issue conflicting rulings on health care subsidies

Two federal appeals courts today have issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue. The rulings came within hours of each other. More>>

Purple Heart sent to Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times

The Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times, allegedly by classmates trying to please a fictional online character, has received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor.

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  • Official: Storms destroy E. Tenn. homes, no deaths

    Official: Storms destroy E. Tenn. homes, no deaths

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:25 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:25:03 GMT
    Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed 10 homes and damaged others, though there are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.More >>
    Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said.More >>
  • Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:15 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:15:13 GMT
    Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.More >>
    Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.More >>
  • Man dies after lightning strike affects 14

    Man dies after lightning strike affects 14

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:27 GMT
    Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.More >>
    A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >>
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