Mass Held In Barcelona To Honor Victims Of Terror Attacks

Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET A Catholic Mass was held in Barcelona on Sunday to honor the victims of last week's terror attacks, as authorities continued a manhunt for at least one suspect in the killings of 14 people along Spain's northeast Mediterranean coast. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Barcelona that thousands attended the Mass, held in Spanish and Catalan languages, at the city's iconic Sagrada Familia Basilica. Among those present were King Felipe and Queen Letizia. Auxiliary...

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Illinois Issues: Cairo Faces Public Housing Crisis

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Southern Illinois city's residents grapple with planned closure of public housing complexes.

As the sun set on a recent Friday evening at the McBride apartment complex in Cairo, people gathered in a yard between the building rows.

Young girls practiced cartwheels. Boys played chase. And a dozen or so teens stood around talking about their pride in Cairo: several noted the long tradition of success on the high school basketball court, as well as the love that can be found in this city. Sounds of music, conversation and laughter filled the air.

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The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.35. This is five cents cheaper than last week.  

AAA reports the most expensive gas is in the City of Chicago, at $2.71 per gallon. By contrast, the cheapest gas can be found in Springfield, at $2.13 per gallon.  

Rockford's average price is $2.29. This is 2 cents cheaper than last week.  

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Illinois lawmakers are continuing to leave the General Assembly. So far this year, 19 state senators and representatives have retired, announced plans to run for another office, or said they won’t seek re-election.

Among them is Steve Andersson of Geneva, who says he’s tired of what he calls “intolerance” in his Republican Party. Speaking on the public television program Chicago Tonight, he pointed to a recent House vote on whether to name a highway after former president Barack Obama.

By now you likely know an eclipse is happening Monday, Aug. 21. There have been countless stories about the celestial event, how to view it, the science behind it and hotels that were booked more than a year in advance. But even with all that coverage, you might not have heard details about a small town in deep Southern Illinois that is expected to almost triple in size just for the eclipse.

Woodstock Is Home To The Most Apple Orchards In Illinois

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Northern Illinois farms are gearing up for the apple and berry-picking season.

Woodstock tops the state with six orchards; city council member Maureen Larson says there are many reasons why the groves are so concentrated there.

“It’s a long term investment [for farmers]," she said. "You don’t plan an apple tree and turn around and start making profit right away. These are people who are invested in our county and our community."

The groves bear more than 20 different apple types. Larson says that's more than what's available at local grocery stores. 

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An Illinois program that has helped preserve historic buildings and enhance local economies in three northern Illinois communities is now extended through Dec. 31, 2021.

The River Edge Redevelopment Zone program provides up to 25 percent income-tax credit for developers who rehabilitate historical buildings and put them to productive use.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved regulations that require pharmacists to counsel customers who seek to fill prescriptions for new medications or need changes to longtime prescriptions.

The higher counseling standard comes after a Chicago Tribune investigation in December revealed pharmacies frequently failed to warn customers about severe drug interactions. Pharmacies have been required only to offer to counsel customers.

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United Way of the Rock River Valley is bringing fresh produce and meats to two food-disadvantaged Rockford neighborhoods Saturday.

The charity is teaming up with Chicago-based Top Box, which purchases the foods wholesale, and Strong Neighborhood houses, where police live among the community. United Way Vice President Linda Sandquist said the two neighborhoods in question, Midtown and Rural Oaks, are considered food deserts.

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The Chicago Board of Elections is investigating a data breach that exposed the personal information of every registered voter in the city.

 

The voter rolls contain information for more than 1.8 million people, including their names, dates of birth, state ID numbers, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.They don't include voting histories. 

 

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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner was a popular target Thursday when Illinois Democratic candidates met in Springfield for an annual political breakfast.

The Democrats are criticizing Rauner for all the things you’d expect: his agenda, the budget stalemate, and his reluctance to talk about President Trump. 

Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy said both Rauner and Trump were too slow to condemn the violence and political intimidation last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Comedian, actor and director Jerry Lewis died Sunday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

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Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe returned home to Harare on Sunday after being granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, where she is accused of assaulting a young model with an extension cord.

South Africa's foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, signed the notice granting diplomatic immunity, saying she was "acting in the interest" of South Africa in recognizing "the immunities and privileges" of Mugabe.

You probably know the feeling: Sometimes while you're riding through empty city streets at night, wind whipping past as the lamps thread your path forward, it can feel as if the very road is opening up before you.

But luckily, here's a feeling you probably don't know: the road literally opening up before you.

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Catalan police say they have shot and killed Younes Abouyaaqoub, the alleged driver of a van that plowed into pedestrians last week in Barcelona. Authorities say he appeared to have been wearing a belt with explosives, which later proved to be fake.

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