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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The autopsy on an Illinois prison inmate who died in May concluded that his death was a homicide. The inmate died weeks after an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center. Sixty-five-year-old Larry Earvin died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen. The Associated Press received the autopsy report from a Freedom of Information request.

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – One of southern Illinois’ earliest and best-known radio and TV stars has died. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that Erv Coppi died this week at 92. Longtime friend Joey Helleny says everyone in southern Illinois knew Coppi from the 1960s through the ’80s.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Two public defenders from Peoria County say requiring permits to carry firearms outside the home is unconstitutional. The Peoria Journal Star reports that defense attorneys Chandra Justice and Mark Rose have filed motions in several cases in which defendants are charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Illinois allows carrying concealed firearms with a permit. Justice and Rose argue requiring a permit violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) – A woman doing landscaping on her suburban Chicago property unearthed the bones of a man who died 800 to 1,000 years ago. The Lake County News-Sun reports that the woman was digging in Antioch Township near Fox Lake in September when she unearthed some bones. She called authorities when she found a jaw that looked human. The newspaper said the woman didn’t want to be identified. Crime scene investigators, anthropologists and other experts secured the area and recovered 75 percent of the skeleton of a man of about 20 to 30 years old who died at least 800 years ago. Bill Brown is a Native American who runs the annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow in Zion. He says the man could be from the Ho-chunk or Miami tribes.

 

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