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Congressman Adam Kinzinger from the 16th Congressional District made a stop in Rochelle earlier today as he talked with business and school leaders. Around 20 people were in attendance and asked questions in severals areas from job training, health coverage, along the minimum wage and immigration reform. Kinzinger did talk about the tornado that struck Rochelle and Fairdale last month. He d...read more

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(Reuters) - The Milwaukee Brewers named Craig Counsell as their new manager on Monday and despite never before managing a single inning, the former major leaguer and his boss were confident he was ready for the job. Counsell, who has been working as a special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin, takes over from Ron Roenicke, who was fired on Sunday after posting the National League's worst start at 7-18 this season. I told him he was on the bench for about 800 games that he didn't play, and during those games, I know that he was managing in his mind," general manager Doug Melvin said. "That experience -- the winning experience, the World Series rings, what he's done in the front office working with me over the last three years - is going to be a very big help to him on the field." Counsell, 44, played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball as a versatile infielder with Colorado, Florida, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona and Milwaukee, and on winning World Series teams with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001).

Stephen Curry (L) of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket during Game Four in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2015 in New Orleans, LouisianaGolden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry on Monday was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 season. Curry -- who set a single season record for three-pointers made -- earned 1,198 points in balloting for the award, including 100 of 130 first-place votes, the National Basketball Association said in a statement. James Harden of the Houston Rockets finished second in the voting with 936 points. Four-time MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was third (552 points), followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (352 points) and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.


NBA: Playoffs-Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors(Reuters) - Sharpshooting guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who set a single-season record for three-pointers made, won the NBA Most Valuable Player award for the 2014-15 campaign, the league said on Monday. Curry led the National Basketball Association's top regular season team in scoring, assists and steals, becoming the second Warriors player to take the honor, joining Wilt Chamberlain, who won it in 1959-60 when the franchise played in Philadelphia. ...


LPGA: ANA Inspiration-Third Round(Reuters - South Korean Park In-bee raced past her challengers with a final-round six-under 65 to win the North Texas Shootout by three shots on Sunday. Park began the day tied with American Lexi Thompson, with three others just one stroke behind, but she vaulted in front with two early birdies and never looked back, finishing with a winning total of 15-under 269. It really suits my eye,” she told reporters of the TPC Las Colinas in Irving. "The crowds here, the atmosphere is great, so I love to come to Texas." Park, the second-ranked player in the world entering the tournament, earned her second victory of the season to join compatriot Kim Sei-young and New Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko with multiple LPGA victories this season.


(Adds quotes) * South Korean wins tourney for 2nd time in three years * Ko finishes at even par May 3 (Reuters - South Korean Park In-bee raced past her challengers with a final-round six-under 65 to win the North Texas Shootout by three shots on Sunday. Park began the day tied with American Lexi Thompson, with three others just one stroke behind, but she vaulted in front with two early birdies and never looked back, finishing with a winning total of 15-under 269. The victory was the second at the tournament in three years for Park, who played the last 18 holes bogey-free. "The crowds here, the atmosphere is great, so I love to come to Texas." Park, the second-ranked player in the world entering the tournament, earned her second victory of the season to join compatriot Kim Sei-young and New Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko with multiple LPGA victories this season.

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Police officers block an intersection after a shooting outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz and David Schwartz GARLAND, Texas/PHOENIX (Reuters) - Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Two government sources who asked not to be named said the shooters were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix. Court documents show that Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia. FBI agents and police searched the two men's home at the Autumn Ridge Apartments in north-central Phoenix, cordoning off the complex and evacuating residents for several hours in the early morning.


Baltimore police officers load a man into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting incident at the corner of West North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue in West BaltimoreBaltimore police denied a media report on Monday they had shot a black man while trying to take him into custody, saying the man's firearm went off accidentally while officers were arresting him and that no one was injured. The incident, which followed weeks of protests over the death last month of a 25-year-old black man in police custody, drew a crowd of about 100 protesters to a corner that was the site of a riot a week ago. A senior Baltimore police officer on the scene told reporters that the man had been put into an ambulance as a precautionary measure. "Nowhere on his body does he have a gunshot wound." Fox News, which had reported that the man had been shot while he was fleeing authorities, apologized for what it said was an inaccurate report.


New York police officer shot in head dies of injuries: newspaperBy Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head died on Monday, the fifth officer gunned down in as many months amid anti-law enforcement sentiment not seen since the turbulent 1960s, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. Officer Brian Moore, 25, was in an unmarked car pursuing Demetrius Blackwell, who was wanted on a weapons charge, when he was shot during the weekend in a residential neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, police said. The shooting in New York comes amid months of mounting tensions after a series of unarmed black men died at the hands of police officers, the most recent in Baltimore where six officers were charged on Friday in the death of Freddie Gray. Moore is the first New York City officer killed in the line of duty since two uniformed officers were ambushed last December.


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