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CHICAGO (AP) – Drugmaker AbbVie is donating $55 million to three education nonprofits that serve students in high-poverty neighborhoods. The Illinois-based company on announced the donations Friday. Communities in Schools will receive $30 million. City Year will receive $10 million to help place diverse, trained AmeriCorps members into schools to serve as tutors, mentors and role models. The University of Chicago Education Lab is getting $15 million.

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) – A special prosecutor has dropped charges against a man whose conviction in the death of a Southern Illinois University student was overturned on appeal. Prosecutors say they plan to rebuild a case against Gaege Bethune in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese. Prosecutor David Robinson said Thursday the state will begin again by re-investigating the murder case against Bethune. Bethune’s attorney says no evidence was presented at trial to prove the prosecution’s case

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has set up an online guide to answer consumers’ questions about recycling. IEPA Director Alec Messina announced the Recycle Illinois webpage Thursday as part of America Recycles Day. It answers typical curbside recycling questions. It also identifies appropriate places to take recyclables that cannot be collected in most curbside recycling programs in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A 41-year-old East Peoria man with his own cable hunting show has been indicted on felony charges that he killed one more deer than a permit allowed him to kill and then trying to cover his tracks. In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield says Christopher Brackett allegedly killed two bucks in 2013 instead of the one his permit allowed and tried to make it appear that his cameraman of his show called “Fear No Evil” for the Outdoor Channel had killed the second buck.

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