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Illinois receives $16M federal grant to fight opioid abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is receiving a $16 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse. Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced the grant Friday. The Illinois Department of Human Services will administer it to fight a scourge that claimed 2,000 lives in Illinois last year. It's the second consecutive year Illinois has received funding from the 21st Century Cures Act . Officials say the grant will provide new treatment and recovery services and expand medication-assisted treatment for those with opioid-use disorder. It will boost the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program

Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire. The university announced the expulsion of Syracuse's Theta Tau chapter on its website Saturday. Chancellor Kent Syverud calls the Theta Tau video "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist." Syverud says disciplinary actions against the individual students involved could include suspension or expulsion. The fraternity apologized for the video Friday and says its members believe racism "has no place on a university campus."

Iranian foreign minister wants "respect" from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his government needs to see a "change of attitude" from the U.S. administration before any meaningful negotiations can begin over several U.S. citizens being held prisoner in Iran. In an interview with the CBS program "Face the Nation," Zarif accused the Trump administration of arrogance and belligerence. He says the United States "needs to learn how to treat other sovereign nations." At least five Iranians, all dual-American citizens or green-card holders, have been sentenced to prison on espionage-related charges, as has

Pilot killed in crash of single-engine plane in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed in a single-engine plane crash in Tennessee. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a two-seat plane crashed near an airstrip while taking off at the municipal airport in Collegedale on Friday. Airport officials said the pilot was killed. He has been identified as 62-year-old Robert Gillisse, of Ooltewah. Chris Swain, director of operations at Collegedale Municipal Airport in Hamilton County, said both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will

Rep. Scalise out of hospital after surgery tied to shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 House Republican leader has been released from a hospital after follow-up surgery related to the wounds he received from a shooting at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago. Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') of Louisiana is out of MedStar Washington Hospital Center after successful surgery Monday and is expected to recover at home for several days. That's according to a statement from the medical center and his office. An earlier statement said he had "a series of planned, inpatient procedures." Scalise suffered shattered bones and damaged internal organs in the

Texas 8th-graders asked to list positives of slavery

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas charter school has apologized after a teacher asked students in an eighth grade American history class to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery. Officials at Great Hearts Monte Vista in San Antonio say the teacher who distributed the worksheet has been placed on leave and the school would be reviewing the history textbook associated with the lesson. The headmaster also plans to explain the mistake to the class. KENS-TV reports that a spokesman for the book's publisher, Pearson, says the company didn't create and doesn't endorse the worksheet the

Tennessee gets $26 million from feds for veterans home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the state has received $26 million from the federal government to build a new veterans home. Gov. Bill Haslam says the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to build a 108-bed facility in Bradley County. State and local funds for the facility add up to $17 million. That includes $10 million from the state and $3 million from an anonymous donor. The Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home will be built on 28 acres in Cleveland. A construction start date has not been set. In a statement released Friday, Haslam