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News Headlines – June 13, 2018

Last Updated on June 13th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The man charged with first degree murder in the 2014 death of an SIU student says he lied to police, but did not murder the young man. There is another confirmed case of West Nile in mosquitoes, this time in McLean County. Illinois’ new lawyers could soon have some more opportunities. A Quad Cities police officer could be facing battery charges.

>>Suspect Testifies At Murder Trial For SIU Student’s 2014 Death

(Murphysboro, IL) — The suspect in the 2014 death of an SIU student says, yes, he lied to police about driving drunk, but insists but he didn’t murder the young man. Gaege Bethune testified yesterday in court in Murphyboro. Prosecutors are pushing a first degree murder case against him. They say Bethune got into a fight with Pravin Varughese, who then ran into the woods and died of exposure in February of 2014. Bethune is due back on the stand later today.

>>McLean County Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile

(Bloomington, IL) — There’s another case of West Nile in mosquitoes in central Illinois. The McLean County Health Department yesterday confirmed that a batch of mosquitoes captured on June 8th tested positive for West Nile. County health managers say people need to protect themselves with long sleeves and bug spray. Illinois hasn’t yet seen a confirmed case of West Nile in humans.

>>Illinois To Adopt Uniform Bar Exam

(Chicago, IL) — New lawyers in Illinois who pass the bar will soon have the opportunity to practice law in more states. Illinois is the 30th state to adopt the Universal Bar Exam. Prospective lawyers will take the new test in Illinois for the first time next July.

>>East Moline Police Officer May Face Battery Charges

(East Moline, IL) — A special prosecutor is looking into possible charges against an East Moline police officer accused of battery. Rock Island Police arrested officer Logan Wolfe last month on suspicion of battery. East Moline city leaders this week said that they are aware of Wolfe’s arrest, but are not commenting on the specifics or whether Wolfe is still on duty.

>>Quincy Schools Unveil Universal Back To School List

(Quincy, IL) — Back to school shopping in Quincy is a bit easier this year. Quincy Public Schools this week unveiled a new universal school supply list. The new list replaces supply lists for individual classrooms. Parents in all grades from kindergarten through fifth will all need the same supplies. Junior high and high school students will get their own lists closer to the first day of school in August.