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*Sun & Clouds today a stray shower is possible, high 82


*Superintendents want a full budget in Springfield. Those in charge are asking lawmakers to pass a budget that fully funds schools before the legislative session draws to a close this week. School district superintendents from all over Illinois will be at the state Capitol urging lawmakers to create the state’s first complete budget in two years.


Thousands of people attended the largest Memorial Day ceremony in the area at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The featured speaker was Tom Mundell, an Army veteran and former Missouri commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.The cemetery at Jefferson Barracks became a national cemetery in 1866.


Manuel Noriega, the dictator of Panama during the '80s who was ousted by the American military due to his ties to drug trafficking, has died. He was 83.

His death was announced by Panama President Carlos Varela on Twitter early Tuesday morning. The tweet said, "The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and his relatives deserve to bury him in peace."

Noriega had been in ill health while serving prison terms in the U.S., France and Panama for various charges, including murder, embezzlement and corruption. He'd been in intensive care since early March after he suffered complications during surgery for the removal of a brain tumor. 

(The New York Times)

Texas Anti-Sanctuary City Protest Ends With Legislators Accusing Each Other Of Assault-

Demonstrators were protesting Texas' new anti-"sanctuary cities" law Monday from the public gallery at the Texas House. Republican state representative Matt Rinaldi claims Democratic state rep Poncho Nevarez threatened his life after he called Immigration and Customs Enforcement on illegal immigrants who held signs that read "I am illegal and here to stay."

Source: Washington Post

Jury Selection Begins In Case Of Minnesota Officer Charged In Castile Death-

Jury selection begins today in the trial of a St. Anthony police officer charged in the Philando Castile shooting death last summer.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Castile in July during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The encounter lasted less than a minute and prosecutors say Yanez shot Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, after Castile told him he was armed.

Video of the aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend. Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Source: ABC News


Brawl Breaks Out At Nationals-Giants Game-Fines and suspensions are on the way after the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper was hit by a pitch, leading to a bench-clearing brawl with the Giants in San Francisco.

Harper was drilled on the hip by Giants reliever Hunter Strickland in the top of the eighth inning. Harper pointed to the mound with his bat and fired his helmet into the ground as he charged Strickland. Both players exchanged punches before teammates intervened. They were each ejected. Strickland had to be forcefully restrained and pulled back to the Giants' dugout. Harper was 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the time.

The two players have not hidden their dislike of each other ever since Harper nailed a homer off Strickland in the 2014 NLDS.

Meanwhile, the Twitterverse put its two cents in about the fray.

Source: CBS Sports


*The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 5-1 yesterday, they play them again today and tomorrow at Busch.

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