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    CROWN POINT | Some 300 motocross riders and quad riders raced the circuit at the Martin Xtreme Racing and Motorcross Promotions Supercross Series at the Lake County Fair.

      CROWN POINT | Crust, filling and fruit were flung into the air Thursday as contestants buried their faces into pies bigger than their heads during the pie-eating contest at the Lake County Fair.

        CROWN POINT | Youngsters (and even those not so young) can try being a Farmer for a Day at this year's Lake County Fair, and learn how from someone who does it year-round.

        Meteorologists are urging people to be ready for dangerous weather Friday in parts of the Midwest and South. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center warns that an outbreak of severe thunderstorms could cause hail, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes that could be strong and move on the ground over long distances. Meteorologists say the areas at greatest risk include eastern Iowa, western and northern Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee. Meteorologists say the conditions are similar to those a week ago that unleashed a devastating twister that killed at least 21 people in Mississippi.

        A suburban Chicago teen accused of fatally shooting his 17-year-old girlfriend, a 9-year-old girl and the child’s father has been told a grand jury has indicted him on three charges of first-degree murder. Seventeen-year-old Byrion Montgomery of Bolingbrook went before a Will County judge Thursday and was informed that the grand jury indicted him in the March 5 slayings. Judge Dave Carlson also told Montgomery he will be transferred to the Will County Jail after he turns 18 on April 27.  Currently he is being held at the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet. The victims have been identified as 40-year-old Cartez Daniels, 17-year-old Samiya A. Shelton-Tilman and 9-year-old Sanai Daniels.

        The Florida Senate is passing a bill to repeal a law requiring a unanimous jury recommendation for the death penalty. The approval comes in response to the life sentence handed to the man who massacred 17 people at a Parkland high school. The bill passed on a 29-10 vote Thursday and will allow the death penalty with a jury recommendation of at least 8-4 in favor of execution. The House still needs to approve the bill. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says he supports the proposal. The bill was proposed after a divided 9-3 jury spared Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz in November from capital punishment.


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