10 People Killed In Texas High School Shooting; Suspect In Custody

Updated at 10:45 p.m. ET At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a small-town Texas high school, in what Gov. Greg Abbott called "probably the worst disaster ever to strike this community." Ten others were wounded in the morning attack at Santa Fe High School. A 17-year-old suspect is in custody and being held at Galveston County jail without bond, school district officials said in tweet , adding that the alleged shooter is being charged with capital murder and...

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Dixon Officials Say Graduation Will Be Safe To Attend

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Dixon police say the Sunday, May 20 high school graduation ceremonies "will be the safest place in the community." 

That's a turn-around from Wednesday, when authorities say 19-year-old Matthew Milby arrived at Dixon High School during graduation practice and fired several shots inside the building. City Manager Danny Langloss commended the students on their bravery and reassured them that graduation will be safe to attend.

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Safer booking areas.

Enough space for inmates.

Locker rooms for officers.

A real laundry facility.

Those are just a few of the improvements DeKalb County Corrections Chief Joyce Klein says her employees have been waiting decades to see. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies occurred Thursday, and tours of the new facility continue through the weekend.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday he supports work and job training requirements in the draft of the new Farm Bill.

Democrats said that would drastically cut food aid to the needy and that many people on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) already work.

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The Illinois General Assembly approved a measure allowing parents to give their kids medical marijuana at school.

It’s named after Ashley Surin, an 11-year-old girl who suffers from severe epilepsy. Her doctor prescribed her patches with a small amount of cannabis oil on them, which her parents say has been a “golden cure.”

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Documents published by the Southern Illinoisan newspaper have sparked calls for the immediate resignation of Randy Dunn, president of Southern Illinois University.

The documents suggest that Dunn may have withheld information from the Carbondale campus chancellor in an effort to funnel more than $5 million in state funds to the Edwardsville campus and split SIU into two separate schools.

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The Trump administration is reviving a rule that would deny federal family planning funds to organizations that provide abortions or make abortion referrals.

The rule is similar to one in place during the Reagan administration. The proposal was drafted by the Health and Human Services Department and is under review by the White House budget office.

Sessions from Studio A - The Rooks

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The Rooks perform "Bury Me Deep" in WNIJ's Studio A.

The Rooks perform "Secrets" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find The Rooks online at therooksband.com.

Dixon Police Department

A teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was shot by a school resource officer, police said Thursday.

Illinois State Police also said 19-year-old Matthew Milby’s mother bought the weapon in 2012 and that investigators were working to determine how he obtained it.

Classes were canceled Thursday at Dixon High School, a day after authorities say Milby showed up in the morning as seniors met for a graduation rehearsal and fired several shots inside the building.

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A golf course owner is offering a large sum of money toward restoration of an iconic statue in one northern Illinois park in exchange for a long-term lease of land at another.

Democratic challenger Sara Dady and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger found some agreement and some differences on issues affecting the 16th Illinois Congressional District during their first appearance together Monday.

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Both candidates agreed that the opioid epidemic is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by government, law enforcement, and health services.  But Dady stressed that the federal government should provide ten years of full funding so local agencies can carry out treatment efforts.

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