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News Headlines – July 9, 2018

Last Updated on July 9th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here is the latest news: Families of patients at Pleasant Hill Village nursing home in Girard are scrambling to find somewhere new for their loved ones. President Trump is down to three finalists to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, including one on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Three Peoria police officers who were involved in the shooting death of a man in February will not face charges. A Springfield-area Special Olympics gold medalist is basking in the glow of his success.

>>Medicaid Backlog Forcing Closure Of Nursing Home In Central Illinois

(Girard, IL) — Families of patients at Pleasant Hill Village nursing home in Girard are scrambling to find somewhere new for their loved ones. The facility will be closing September 1st due to a huge backlog in Springfield regarding Medicaid payments. The “Springfield Journal-Register” reports the non-profit still has two-point-three million dollars in Medicaid payments that are pending from the state, and some of the patients whose applications haven’t been processed have died. The nursing home has been operating for 113 years, and officials say they’ve been waiting three years for some of the applications to be processed.

>>Trump Supreme Court Pick Coming Tonight

(Washington, DC) — President Trump is down to three finalists to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, including one on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. The “Washington Post” reports she is Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame who was added to the appeals court bench by the President last year. The other two finalists are Raymond Kethledge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, and Brett Kavanaugh, who is on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Both Kethledge and Kavanaugh were clerks for Justice Kennedy. President Trump will announce the selection tonight.

>>Peoria Officers Cleared In Shooting Death

(Peoria, IL) — Three Peoria police officers who were involved in the shooting death of a man in February will not face charges. Daniel El fired five shots at officers, hitting one, before he was killed by the officers. The incident happened after a car and foot chase on February 1st, and the officers have been on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Officers Nathan Adams and Joseph Harris will return to full duty, but Officer Ian McDowell is still recovering from his gunshot wound.

>>Gas Prices Up A Penny

(Springfield, IL) — Gas prices around Illinois are up slightly to start the week. Triple-A puts the statewide average at two-dollars-95 cents, up one-cent from a week ago and 62-cents more than what we paid at this time last year. The state’s highest prices are in Chicago at three-34, while the lowest prices are in Decatur and the Bloomington-Normal area at two-dollars-76-cents.

>>Big Reception For Special Olympian In New Berlin

(New Berlin, IL) — A Springfield-area Special Olympics gold medalist is basking in the glow of his success. Jonathan Mies was welcomed home to New Berlin yesterday with a firetruck escort through town as people lined the streets and waved flags. Mies won gold in the 400-meter freestyle and 400 meter relay and also took home a silver medal in the 100 meter backstroke during the national Special Olympics competition in Seattle last week.