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U of Illinois-Springfield to build first student union

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 9:00pm

The University of Illinois campus in Springfield is preparing to break ground on its first-ever student union building.

House, Senate told budget deal could come today

Bob Christie and Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 7:51pm

Members of the Arizona House and Senate returned to the Capitol on Monday and appear to have finalized a budget agreement after a frustrating week of false starts.

The Latest: Budget deal in place, debate now set for Tuesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 7:21pm

The Latest on action on an Arizona budget proposal (all times local):

Cruz fights for survival as Trump eyes Indiana knockout

Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 6:41pm

Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end the GOP's primary season. The fiery Texas senator hinted at an exit strategy, even as he vowed to compete to the end against surging Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Judge: Ailing media mogul to testify in mental capacity case

Anthony McCartney, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 6:21pm

A judge ruled Monday that an ailing media mogul should give brief sworn testimony in a case involving his mental competency and who has the authority to make medical decisions for him.

Connecticut governor offers up possible budget compromise

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 6:11pm

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered Democrats another possible budget compromise on Monday, agreeing to scale back some of his earlier proposed cuts to hospitals and local education in hopes of garnering support as the legislative session deadline looms.

4 arrested in slaying of Honduran environmental activist

Freddy Cuevas, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 5:51pm

Honduran authorities arrested four people Monday in the killing of environmental activist Berta Caceres, including an active duty army officer and at least one man who worked for a hydroelectric project she opposed.

CSX: Most cars that derailed in Washington back on tracks

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 5:31pm

Train cars that derailed in the nation's capital over the weekend have largely been put back on the tracks, and workers on Monday finished offloading hazardous materials from two of the cars, CSX officials said.

Idahoans blocked from using paid fantasy sports sites

Kathryn Haake, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 5:00pm

Idaho is the most recent state to block fantasy sports fans from betting on sports contests through two multibillion dollar paid fantasy companies.

The Latest: Amtrak also affected Tuesday by CSX derailment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:50pm

The Latest on the CSX train derailment in Washington, D.C. (all times local):

Vision-impaired retired doctor works with teacher to sculpt

Caleb Stright(greenville) Record-Argus, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:20pm

Over a local career of more than 50 years, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Baker fine-tuned his hands for the delicate work that comes with a scalpel.

Enbridge predicts $62M in fines, penalties tied to oil spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:01pm

A pipeline company says it expects $62 million in fines and penalties related to a 2010 Michigan oil spill.

WhatsApp is what's out in Brazil, amid judicial battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:01pm

The popular messaging service WhatsApp went down in Brazil on Monday as a state judge ordered it blocked nationwide for 72 hours amid a legal tussle over users' information.

Remo Belli, musician who pioneered synthetic drumheads, dies

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:51pm

Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died in California.

Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help

Maricarmen Rivera, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:42pm

A spiraling Puerto Rico debt crisis reached a new milestone as the island missed nearly $370 million on a bond payment Monday and officials warned of worse to come if the U.S. Congress doesn't help it dig out from a mountain of debt.

Bovine TB found in southeastern Indiana beef cattle herd

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:31pm

Indiana officials say a beef cattle herd in southeastern Indiana will be destroyed after the disease was found in six steers at a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse.

Advocates: High court signals it won't stop $15 minimum wage

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:30pm

The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say.

Teens to witness mock crash ahead of prom, graduation season

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:20pm

Students at a North Dakota high school will be witnessing a mock car-crash event as part of a safety campaign that authorities are launching ahead of prom and graduation season.

Sports Authority plans to sell assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:20pm

Sports Authority will sell some or all of its assets rather than trying to reorganize under bankruptcy protection.