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OSF HealthCare to no longer accept Meridian plans

PEORIA – OSF HealthCare will no longer be accepting Meridian Medicaid and Medicare plans, effective December 15th. According to a press release, the contract will no longer be renewed with Meridian for provision that do not align with the Ministry’s current strategy. Meridian members

Counterfeit cash investigation in Peru

PERU – Charges could be issued for two suspects involved in using counterfeit cash in Peru on Sunday. Deputy Chief Bob Pyszka says the individuals are both from Chicago, and could face formal charges after being released from authorities on Sunday. Pyszka says fake $100 bills showed up at

Student in custody after shooting at Milwaukee-area school

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An officer shot an armed male student Monday morning in a classroom at a suburban Milwaukee high school after the suspect pointed a gun at officers, a police chief said. A Waukesha South High School student informed a school resource officer that a classmate had a handgun

Lawyer: Teen charged in mom’s killing involuntarily drugged

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — The attorney for a 17-year-old western Illinois girl accused of fatally shooting her mother says she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was under the influence of a prescription antidepressant she was forced to take. Attorney James Mertes says in a motion

Police ID Chicago teen whose body was found in Indiana alley

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have identified the teenage girl found dead in a northwest Indiana alley and say she’d been reported missing by officials of a Chicago shelter. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the girl has been identified as 14-year-old Takaylah Tribitt of Chicago. Her