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News Headlines – May 7, 2018

Last Updated on May 7th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois drivers are paying an average of just under three dollars a gallon for gas. An Aurora man is in trouble after police say he fired his real gun at a teen who fired a paintball gun at him. The University of Illinois is giving beer tents a try at its sports events. Swimmers are being told to stay away from Carlyle Lake until crews can clean the beaches and make sure everything is safe.

>>Illinois Gas Prices Flat

(Chicago, IL) — Gas prices across Illinois are flat. But that doesn’t mean gas is cheap. The folks at GasBuddy.com say the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state is two-dollars and 90-cents. That’s the same as last week. The lowest price in Illinois, according to GasBuddy’s price map, is two-dollars and 54-cents a gallon near Bloomington.

>>Police: Aurora Man Fired Real Gun At Paintballing Teen

(Aurora, IL) — A suburban Chicago man is in trouble after police say he fired a real gun at a teen who they say shot a paintball gun at him. Aurora Police say Malcom Wheeler is facing charges for the shooting last Wednesday. Officers say an 18-year-old fired a paintball gun at Wheeler while he was walking his dog. Police say Wheeler then went and got his gun, tracked down the teen, and fired a bullet.

>>U Of I Testing Beer Tents At Games

(Urbana, IL) — The University of Illinois says its first beer tent test went well. The school in Champaign Urbana last week opened a beer tent at a Fighting Illini baseball game. Fans say they liked the ability to buy beer at the game, and school says sales went smoothly. U of I fans hope if the beer tent idea works well, that the university may offer beer sales to all fans at football and basketball games as well.

>>Carlyle Lake Beaches Closed For Now

(Carlyle, IL) — Swimmers are going to have to wait a few weeks to get into the water at Carlyle Lake. Crews at the lake in the Metro East say they need to clean the lake’s beaches and make sure the swimming waters are safe. Lake managers posted a note on Facebook yesterday that said the beaches should be open by Memorial Day.

>>Mississippi River Cleared Of Runaway Barges

(Dubuque, IA) — The runaway barges on the Mississippi River are under control. The Army Corps of Engineers yesterday said crews were able to wrangle the barges on Saturday. A handful of barges broke away Friday afternoon, and they blocked the upstream side of Lock and Dam 11. The Army Corps says the river is still high, but traffic is as close to back to normal as possible.