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5/26/2016 10:02:18 AM
Coming in at 500 pages with a more than $40 billion price tag, Illinois House Democrats passed a spending bill the governor’s office says is probably the most unbalanced budget in state history. Republican Rep. Ron Sandack said Democrats are trying to throw cold water on the progress working groups are making on a framework for a budget and reforms. “We have made gains, rank-and-file ...read more

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Allen Darrell Wade was found guilty on Monday on all charges related to the deaths, including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and three counts of theft. Alleghany County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said Wade was sentenced by a jury to two consecutive life terms with 30 to 60 years added on after they were deadlocked in their deliberations surrounding the death penalty. Wade's attorney, Lisa Phillips, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Nearly two dozen people were trapped in a Kentucky cave on Thursday due to flash flooding, according to police and local media. Local broadcaster WAVE reported that people were visiting the Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum in the small city of Horse Cave when flooding trapped them inside. Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Barry Eaton said 21 people were trapped due to the rising waters, but declined to provide further information and forwarded additional questions to area emergency officials.

Scott Hend is ranked as the 85th best golfer in the worldAustralian Scott Hend, South Korea's YE Yang, the 2009 US PGA winner, and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands were in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday. The trio shot seven-under par rounds of 65 but Masters champion Danny Willett, on his first appearance in England since his Augusta triumph, was on their tail only one shot back after a 66. Also in the mix were Jaco van Zyl from South Africa, another Englishman in Robert Rock and Australian Richard Green, who all fired 67s.


Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the Western Conference Finals on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OklahomaNBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James led selections named Thursday for the All-NBA First Team announced by the league. Curry, who sparked the Warriors to last year's NBA crown and the best record in league history this season at 73-9, was a unanimous pick with all 129 voters in a media panel that decided the lineup. James, trying to reach the NBA Finals for the sixth season in a row, was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the 10th time, matching the second-most appearances on the list in league history, with 125 votes.


Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during a game on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, MarylandThe Baltimore Ravens were fined and docked three days of off-season practice time by the NFL on Thursday after a workout violation of wearing pads during a mini-camp for rookies. The amount of the fines to the team and coach John Harbaugh was not disclosed. The Ravens will cancel next week's planned June 1-3 organized team activities, but they still will have seven such workout sessions as well as full mini-camp and training camp practice sessions for players.


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Deputies direct Tonya Couch to the defense table before her bond reduction hearing in Criminal District Court in Fort WorthThe mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash was formally charged with money laundering on Thursday, related to her helping him flee to Mexico last year, her attorney said. Tonya Couch, 49, previously was charged with hindering his apprehension, also a felony.


Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant arrives to attend B.B. King's funeral in Indianola, Mississippi(Reuters) - Mississippi's Republican governor said on Thursday he planned to join a lawsuit by officials from 11 states to overturn an Obama administration directive that tells schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity. The lawsuit led by Texas, the most significant legal challenge to this month's directive, said the federal government and Obama administration officials overreached their authority by taking actions that should be left to Congress or individual states. "Our office has talked to the Texas attorney general's office and I intend, as soon as possible, to join the lawsuit against this latest example of federal overreach," Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a statement.


Nearly two dozen people were trapped in a Kentucky cave on Thursday due to flash flooding, according to police and local media. Local broadcaster WAVE reported that people were visiting the Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum in the small city of Horse Cave when flooding trapped them inside. Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Barry Eaton said 21 people were trapped due to the rising waters, but declined to provide further information and forwarded additional questions to area emergency officials.
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