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Police pursuit policies left up to local agencies

The decision to chase a suspect or not is a balancing act for police officers. Last week's high speed chase that ended with the death of Rockford resident Karen Williams has once again put this tough decision in the spotlight.
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Man charged with possession of heroin, stolen vehicle

Heroin, marijuana and a stolen vehicle were recovered after the Winnebago County Violent Task Force executed a search warrant at 3:30 p.m. at 3303 Greendale in Rockford.
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Beloit man accused of killing father with hammer

Prosecutors say a Beloit man used a hammer to kill his father because his parents were moving and he would have no place to live.
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BBB warns annual 'granny scam' has returned

The Better Business Bureau announces an annual scam has returned, and the public should be aware of warning signs. More>>

Machesney Park honors legacy of 'great guy'

A man known for his dedication to his friends, the community and the Chicago Cubs gets his own dedication.Bill Burkman was a longtime community activist. More>>

North Boone High gets big donation to help buy tech goods

North Boone High School gets a gift from the General Mills Foundation provides a $6,000 grant. More>>

YMCA wins grant for kids' food program Video included

The biggest after school program in our area just got some help giving kids healthy snacks.The YMCA's Kid's Time Program helps 1,300 families in Winnebago County with after school care. More>>

Dumpster puppies survive and thrive Video included

The odds a litter of puppies left in a Rockford dumpster would survive were slim. More>>

Friends mourn the death of victim after police chase led to a crash

The death of a Rockford area woman is raising questions: Could her death have been prevented? More>>

Rock Valley College announces partnership with Roehl Transport Video included

Roehl Transport says it will hire 40 Rock Valley College graduates in 2014 to fill professional truck driver openings.
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Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes

The candidates for Illinois governor are sharpening their attacks on each other as they head into the Labor Day weekend.
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Wisconsin Justice Department delayed porn probes statewide

Newly released records show state Justice Department field offices across Wisconsin have delayed investigating child pornography tips for months.
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Applications for unemployment benefits falls slightly

The number of those applying for unemployment benefits has fallen slightly. The Labor Department says Americans applying for benefits fell by 1,000 last week to 298,000.
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Wisconsin faces $281 million budget shortfall

Wisconsin tax collections are more than $281 million short of estimates, a drop that could require the Legislature to take action to keep the budget in balance.
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Labor Day gas prices could be lowest since 2010

Motorists have something to celebrate this Labor Day weekend. Gasoline prices will be at their lowest levels since 2010.
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Donations to ALS Association more than $94M

A new report says the promotion of the Ice Bucket Challenge is paying off for the ALS Association.
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Galesburg teachers end strike after contract deal

Galesburg teachers have ended a two-week strike after their union reached a tentative contract agreement with the board of education.
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WREX Friday Football AM edition will be at Belvidere North

Tune in tomorrow morning as WREX kicks off the first Friday of football season at Belvidere North!
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IDNR set to release fracking rules Friday

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is expected to release proposed rules for high powered oil drilling to a legislative panel.
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Man robbed after suspect jumps in his car

Rockford Police search for a suspect who jumped in a man's car and robbed him at gunpoint. More>>

I-55 crash trucker charged with reckless homicide

An Indiana truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people on an interstate southwest of Chicago has been charged with reckless homicide. More>>

Man in custody after escaping Freeport hospital, stealing truck

A man is in police custody after he escaped from a Freeport hospital and stole a truck to get away.
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Illinois Prisoner Review Board denies parole for Simon Peter Nelson Video included

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board has unanimously denied parole for Simon Peter Nelson.
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DeKalb teacher faces sexual assault charges

A northern Illinois high school teacher faces sexual assault charges after allegedly having sexual contact with a teenage girl.
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  • Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail

    Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:52:06 GMT
    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail.More >>
    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.More >>
  • Military pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Military pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:09:35 GMT
    Ground teams planned to resume searching Thursday for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia, according to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman.More >>
    The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal...More >>
  • Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

    Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:02:20 GMT
    Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave...More >>
    High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous...More >>
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