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Speeding wasn't the only factor in fatal Rockford car crash

We now know more about who was involved in Friday's fatal car crash in Rockford. Plus, it turns out excessive speed wasn't the only factor.According to investigators, a blue minivan was driving too fast Friday afternoon on Kilburn Avenue. It lost control and rolled into a field near Collins Avenue. All three occupants were ejected. The driver, 40 year-old Jimmie Nelson of Rockford, died at the hospital. His two brothers were in the car with him. 55 year-old Dale Nelson and 53 year-old Donald ... More>>

UPDATE: Coroner releases name of victim in rollover accident on Rockford's west side

Police say a car accident has occurred on Collins and Kilburn avenues near Searls Park in Rockford.

Organization aims to fight addiction, overdoses in Rockford

Overdose deaths in Winnebago County have tripled since 2005. Tomorrow, one group works to reverse that trend. More>>

Poplar Grove woman faces heroin-related drug charges

Shameka D. Carr, 27, has been charged with one count of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, heroin. More>>

Man sentenced to 55 years on murder charges

Lorenzo Kent, Jr., was sentenced to 55 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in the May 2013 shooting death of Donmarquis Jackson.

Rockford police warn of home repairs scam

Rockford Police warn the community about a home repair fraud happening around the city.

Police seize heroin, drug paraphernalia from Rockford residence

Today Rockford Police seized cannabis, heroin, drug packaging materials and drug paraphernalia from a residence at 906 S. 5th St. after conducting a narcotics search warrant. More>>

State agency issues long-awaited 'fracking' rules

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released a long-awaited set of proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois.

Belvidere man faces charges in fatal hit-and-run

A Winnebago County grand jury has returned a two-count bill of indictment against Tyler McCullough, 22 of Belvidere, for failure to report an accident involving death after leaving the scene.

White House: No change to US terror warnings

The White House does not expect the U.S. to raise its terrorism threat warning level.

Lawyer: Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5M

A lawyer says the purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is $4.5 million.

WREX Friday Football AM edition kicks off at Belvidere North

WREX kicked off the first Friday of football season at Belvidere North! More>>

Illinois Tollway lowers cost of I-PASS temporarily

The upfront cost of an I-PASS account for the Illinois Tollway system is getting cheaper.

Illinois halts roadwork to speed Labor Day traffic

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will suspend non-emergency roadwork over the Labor Day weekend to help reduce congestion and speed traffic.

Dumpster puppies survive and thrive Video included

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

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.

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.

Chief Epperson weighs in on policing in America with a focus on Ferguson

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson looks back on the past with students who could represent our area's future.At a special lecture this weekend the city's top officer addresses the history of policing in america."We talked about some history all the way back to 1991 with the L.A. riots and the Rodney King incident up until Ferguson, about where we're at in the state of policing in America," Chief Epperson says.In the chief's dialogue, he puts special emphasis on the recent incident in Fergus... More>>

Teacher contract approved for Meridian School District

A new contract for Meridian School District teachers is approved. More>>

Local gun ranges weigh in on children using guns

In Illinois, there is no law stopping a child from using a gun. More>>

A Rockford group that focuses on helping others receives a large donation

The Rockford Rescue Mission gets a big grant to help their cause. More>>

New Illinois law aims to protect those wrongfully accused of property crimes

Imagine winning a court case, but losing hundreds of dollars along the way. More>>

Farm organization to train farmers on sustainable agriculture

Stateline Farm Beginnings plans to train family farmers in October to focus solely on sustainable agriculture.

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>>

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>>

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  • All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

    All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

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    The Philippine military chief says more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels.More >>
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops...More >>
  • Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

    Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:20:39 GMT
    The Pentagon says the U.S. military has conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Iraqi city of Amirli, where thousands of Shiite Turkomen have been cut off from food and water for nearly...More >>
    Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said...More >>
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