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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Illinois state trooper who was shot while serving a search warrant. The St. Clair County state’s attorney announced the charge Saturday against Chris Grant. He’s in custody in southwestern Illinois on $5 million bond. It’s not known whether he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was shot Friday in East St. Louis during an exchange of gunfire while serving the search warrant.

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) – A Wisconsin man has been convicted of murder in the drowning death of his wife 19 years ago at their suburban Chicago home. A Cook County judge announced the verdict Friday against 70-year-old Frank Buschauer, saying he didn’t believe Buschauer’s claims of a memory lapse over what led up to Cynthia Hrisco’s February 2000 death in South Barrington. Buschauer moved to Pell Lake, Wisconsin, before he was arrested in 2013.

VALMEYER, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois county has repealed an ordinance that would enable the construction of wind farms, stalling a proposal to build 50 turbines along the Mississippi River. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the Monroe County Board voted to suspend the Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance after residents voiced safety concerns about the Southern Illinois Wind project. The board chairman says it won’t accept applications for special-use permits for about 18 months.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago-area hometown of the late famed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury marked his birthday with dedication of a statue in his honor. The statue outside the Waukegan Public Library depicts Bradbury astride a rocket ship while holding a book. Bradbury was born in Waukegan in 1920 and often spoke of the hours he spent at the city’s library. His works included “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles.”

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