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Expungement Summit aides hundreds of Peorians

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Hundreds in Peoria are getting a fresh start after having old criminal charges cleared from their records. State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth hosted the first-ever Expungement Summit on Saturday.  It was aimed at clearing or sealing records of people in Peoria who were convicted of crimes...

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Despite storms, hundreds do laps in Relay for Life

The event had plenty to do for all ages, all benefiting cancer research. The event had plenty to do for all ages, all benefiting cancer research.
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Rain or shine, the Relay for Life marches on to support those living with or affected by cancer. The Tazewell County relay had to move inside to avoid stormy conditions on Saturday, but they didn't let the weather stop them from making lap after lap around Robein Elementary's gym in East Peoria..

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Relay for Life hits home for locals Video included

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 This Saturday is the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Tazewell County.

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Unions march through Downtown Peoria in honor walk Video included

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 A half-mile walk through downtown Peoria, helped shed light on the fact that even with OSHA laws, union workers still die in work-related accidents. 

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Former foot ball coach remembers U.S. Army Ranger

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"One of the things that stood out to me about josh was is personality that he was a good athlete, but it didn't go to his head at all," said Normal Community High School football coach, Bryan Thomas. 

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Thousands of dollars raised for Greater Peoria Honor Flight Video included

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It was game-on Friday morning at Georgetowne Middle School, and these kids certainly have more than one reason for all these smiles. 

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Cleve Heidelberg not released on bond in court

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Peoria County Judge Albert Purham says his decision to vacant the 1970 murder conviction is a separate issue from the appeal.  "I know you would like to call the request for his immediate release to be a ministerial act but I believe the appellate court has a process by which they address bonding pending appeal," Judge Albert Purham said during the hearing...

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Fill the Crib Campaign a success, donations still needed

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Right now, we'd like to thank you for helping our effort to fill the crib for the Crittenton Center's Fill the Crib campaign.  The campaign's exact totals won't be known until everything is tallied sometime in the next week, but we do know that thousands of people have donated toys, food, formula, clothing and so much more to support the Crisis Nursery and help out vulnerable children. 

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Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says the two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire.    

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The President's Cup finals return to Carver Arena Friday night. Video included

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 The Peoria Riverman host Macon in game one at 7:05. 

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Local hero killed in Afghanistan raid

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Two families are in mourning after getting the worst kind of news from Afghanistan.

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Peoria County alternative school sees boosts in attendance, graduation

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Peoria County's alternative school wants to brand itself differently from similar schools. School officials say enrollment has nearly doubled in the six years since it opened.  

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Pekin Community High hacked, held at ransom for data Video included

The FBI is involved in the hack investigation. The school does not plan to pay the ransom. The FBI is involved in the hack investigation. The school does not plan to pay the ransom.
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Students at Pekin Community High School are only just getting access to the Internet after malware infected the school network early Sunday morning. "We all thought it was because it was testing, and we thought that the principal might have turned it off or something, but I guess that's not the case,' said sophomore Arika Berrios. "Apparently someone hacked into the whole system!"

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Authorities: Body of missing girl discovered in Illinois home

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a 1 1/2-year-old girl who was reported missing from a northern Illinois community has been found inside a home. The Will County Sheriff's Office says in a statement it searched the Joliet home late Wednesday along with the FBI and found Semaj Crosby dead around midnight. The sheriff's office says the search was conducted "with the assistance of an attorney the family had obtained," but didn't immediately say whose home it was... More>>

Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit Video included

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President Donald Trump's plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt. More>>

Authorities: Body of missing girl found in Illinois home

Authorities say the body of a 1 1/2-year-old girl who was reported missing from a northern Illinois community has been found inside a home. More>>

7th grade girls get recognized for their love of math Video included

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22 seventh graders from Peoria Public Schools have found their path with math.

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Eureka College joins forces with Quest Charter Academy to push higher education Video included

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Quest Charter Academy and Eureka College are teaming up to help students transition quicker from high school to college.  

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Peoria County Farm Bureau teaches local students about farming

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Farmers are planting the seeds of agricultural knowledge this week, as they educate students on the benefits of farming.  The Peoria County Farm Bureau holds an annual "Ag-in-the-Classroom" program for elementary school students.  They learn about careers in farming, harvesting crops, and modern dairy farming. "Kids are getting disconnected from their food source,from where their food comes from. they go to a grocery store, they go to a resta... More>>

Financial planning lessons being offered to girls

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Some wise financial lessons are being offered to girls to help carry them into the future.  The group "Girls Light our Way" or GLOW is teaming up with several agencies to provide financial literacy for girls this Saturday.  The executive director of GLOW says it's important that young girls know how to save and spend money effectively.   "We're gonna talk with them about spending their money, some of the pitfalls of being a college student so that when t... More>>

Senior Citizens rally legislators in Springfield

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Several senior citizens concerned about medicaid funding were among hundreds in Springfield Wednesday talking to lawmakers about the budget crisis.  Ninety-year-old Fontella Haycraft has only lived in Evergreen Village apartments for about seven months. She says after talking with her adult sons she decided it was time to downsize from her duplex.  "I just thought I like having my own little place.  I don't need too much, not at my age.  I said I think I wou... More>>

Slow down for tractors Video included

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As we finish up the second day of distracted driving awareness week we take a look at slower moving vehicles and the hazards of sharing their road. 

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IVC baseball coach celebrates his 800th win Video included

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  Busy week for Jerry Rashid's IVC baseball team.

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Students in Chillicothe put their farming skills to use

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Three-Sisters Park in Chillicothe is offering a hands-on opportunity to learn about the region's agricultural-history. Students from Chillicothe elementary center and Stark County stepped out of class to learn about farming techniques from early 1900s. Students tilled the soil, sowed seeds, and planted  corn the same way they did in 1918. "I want them to learn how people used to work really hard in the early 1900s and how technology has changed things,"said teacher, K... More>>

Food carts worry about future traffic amid Caterpillar move Video included

Some food cart vendors are nervous about the loss of foot traffic with Cat's HQ relocation. Some food cart vendors are nervous about the loss of foot traffic with Cat's HQ relocation.
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If you enjoy eating at these sidewalk food carts in downtown Peoria, get it while the eating's good - a good number are nervous about losing some foot traffic from Cat HQ.  "Business (has) been slow," said Hein Mach, owner of the Fresh Asian Market cart. When asked why, she claimed: "because Cat's all moved out, we've been slow since last year..."

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CAT finishes first quarter in the green

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Caterpillar officials say despite its first positive quarter in the last ten, there are still risks for the upcoming year.

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Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different' Video included

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For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has startled world leaders with his unpredictability, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. More>>

Peoria Public School Board trimming more costs

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Peoria Public School board members take action to try and shore up a deficit of nearly four and a half million dollars.

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Chiefs Power Trip Video included

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Peoria Chiefs catcher Ryan McCarvel is off to his best start as a pro baseball player.   

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Having a phone in one hand and a steering wheel in the other...it's illegal and deadly

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In 2015, more than 3,400 people in Illinois and around the nation were killed in a distracted driving crash.  

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Mother allegedly tries to smother her 11-month-old Video included

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21-year-old Peoria woman is in custody after allegedly attempting to smother her 11-month-old.

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Schools look into ways to beat the lack of budget

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Public school officials across Illinois are continuing to put the pressure on state lawmakers. 

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Sun Foundation host 25th annual Clean Water Celebration Video included

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This past weekend marked Earth Day, but students from schools all around the area got to extend it by an extra day. 

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Tazewell County crash victim identified

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CORONER JAMIE HARWOOD SAYS THE DRIVER WAS 82-YEAR-OLD RONALD BAUER OF EAST PEORIA...

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With tears, tattoos, Prince fans remember him a year later

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Prince fans will mark the anniversary of his sudden death by gathering at Minnesota sites made famous by the "Purple Rain" superstar. More>>

Local high school hosts career fair

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Some of us know at a pretty early age what we want to be when we grow up. 

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Hands Around The Courthouse promotes awareness, asks for community help Video included

Of the over 900 child abuse cases, CASA only has enough staff to handle a third. Of the over 900 child abuse cases, CASA only has enough staff to handle a third.
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Hand-in-hand, Peorians are working on making Central Illinois a better place for families and children in abusive situations. "Everybody should have some level of care and compassion for our community, because we all live here," said Jeff Gress of Crittenton Centers.  The 10th annual...

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Kindergarten transition fair for Peoria Schools

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In just a few months parents will start crying one morning as their child goes off to their first day of kindergarten, and in Peoria this is the weekend to get them signed up.   The fifth annual kindergarten transition fair is this Saturday, starting at nine am at the Woodruff career and technical center. It's a way for both parents and children to get comfortable with the big change from pre-k to k. All of the principals in the Peoria school district will be there as well...

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A wise lesson learned for Dunlap students attending prom Video included

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Eight percent of those who aren't even old enough to drink, do so and then get behind the wheel. 

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Program gives at risk students chance to continue their education

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A District 150 program, designed to help students on the brink of being expelled is proving to be a big hit.   School within a School Program is helping kids both in and out of the classroom.  Lincoln Middle school students are getting a workout at Core.  But their biggest challenge yet is in the classroom inside this "school within a School.  "Being upstairs I got a lot of family and we're all in the same class.  It's really hard to focus upsta... More>>

Students, parents brace for student loans as graduation nears Video included

The Federal Reserve claims students graduate with an average of $25,500 in student loan debt from public schools. The Federal Reserve claims students graduate with an average of $25,500 in student loan debt from public schools.
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Finals are right around the corner, and beyond that, graduation - but the specter of student loans looms over all of the celebration for many graduates.  "My parents just told me that, 'yeah we're going to take out a loan,' and that I'm just going to have to pay it off after college," explained Illinois State University freshman Tyler Short. The Federal Reserve reports that student loan debt in the U.S. amounts to over...

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Correction: Trump-Wisconsin story Video included

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President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. More>>

One Class At a Time: C.B. Smith School Video included

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Kim Moore is a 3rd grade teacher at C.B. Smith School in Pekin.  She is the latest winner of the $1,000.00 One Class At a Time grant from HOI News and CEFCU.  She plans to spend her money on "Splash Math", a computer program that helps kids learn math in fun and different ways. More>>

Fox News Channel dismisses O'Reilly, its biggest star Video included

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Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly's bosses are not commenting on escalating reports that the popular cable television personality may soon be out of a job. More>>

Citylink to give back to the customer

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Citylink is giving back to its customers today.

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Demolition begins on old Putnam County steel plant

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The former Arcelor Mittal steel plant in Putnam County is being torn down.

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Lawmakers tour the state to push for a minimum wage increase

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Illinois's current minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. 

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Dunlap high student grabbed at during morning jog Video included

The Peoria County Sheriff's Department urges people who use the trail to stay alert. The Peoria County Sheriff's Department urges people who use the trail to stay alert.
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Joggers on the Rock Island trail are moving with a bit more caution after an attempted abduction. "It could happen to me, because I'm on the trails. It could happen to someone that I know," said jogger Amanda Marruffo of Dunlap.  Leo Hermes of Bloomington agreed. "There are some areas out on here where it is...you know, what makes it a nice trail to run on is also a certain amount of danger....

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Popular tourist attraction gets boost

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One of Illinois' most famous and endangered historic landmarks is getting a bit of a boost.   The historic Route 66 Corridor has a new attraction in Towanda, a bike trail.   Building the bike path is part of an agreement between McLean County and neighboring villages as part of a program converting old rail lines into bike trails.  Th wraps officially came off of the  $2.2 million dollar Route 66 bike trail Wednesday afternoon in Towanda.  "The bikers ... More>>

Election Commission certifies 5th district council seat Video included

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The fate of the 5th district seat on Peoria's city council has been sealed.  Peoria's Election Commission certified the results Wednesday, for the final outstanding position on the Peoria city council.  Denis Cyr has defeated Rita Ali for the seat by just one vote.  We got the chance to speak with both candidates who stressed to me regardless of who sits in that chair communication and community involvement should remain a priority.  "I hope that he l... More>>

Normal Mayor claims another term; Tiritilli seeks for recount Video included

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 Tuesday, the final results were announced and it looks like things in Normal will stay normal.  

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Police provides tools on how parents can monitor their child's social media Video included

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Any child 10 or older can be charged with a misdemeanor for cyber-bullying, according to state law.

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Residents urge proper fire planning after weekend high-rise fire Video included

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The man who died in Sunday evening's fire was Scott Urbanc, and County coroner Jamie Harwood ruled the preliminary cause death as smoke inhalation.  The apartment's fire plan was to have all residents evacuate outside onto the nearby street corner - and it's that plan that they're saying saved...

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Spring time means high pollen count Video included

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It's hard to stay inside on a beautiful day like Tuesday.  But  it can be a real health challenge to be outdoors for people with allergy issues.  It's easy to jump into Spring mode on warm weather days. Temperatures are right for doing yardwork, or just spending leisure time outdoors.  But breezy warm days can cause allergies to flare up..   "Common symptoms are itchy, watery red eyes, stuffy runny nose, scratchy throat, post nasal drip means mucus feel... More>>

Police: Suspected Cleveland Facebook killer dies of self-inflicted gunshot

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Pennsylvania State Police say the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook has shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit.   

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Pepsi Ice Center in final four of hockey competition

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The Pepsi Ice Center in Bloomington advances to the Final Four in the Kraft Hockeyville USA Competition. The grand prize winner will get $150,000 in arena upgrades, and a chance to host an NHL Pre-Season game. Being in the top four, though, does guarantee a $25,000 prize. You can vote here Tuesday, April 18th, and Wednesday, April 19th.  More>>

UPDATE: Autopsy results released in deadly apartment fire, which displaced dozens

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One person is fighting for their life, and three others are sent to the hospital, after a two-alarm fire at a Peoria high rise.

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Brides wait months for pictures Video included

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Then there's customer service, which is everything. If you had a nice wedding and hired a photographer -- you'd expect to have your photos back within six months. 

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Mother remembers 11-year-old son who committed suicide Video included

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"I didn't have time to maybe notice the signs that I didn't see," said Kelly Beal.

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Senior Program target of cuts in President Trump's budget proposal.

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With talk of domestic spending cuts at the federal level the wheels may be coming loose on the local meals on wheels program for seniors and shut-ins. Last year the Neighborhood House Meals on Wheels program cooked and delivered more than 1100 meals to seniors like Jackie Collins in Central Illinois.   "it's very important to me that I can get a hot meal,  Sometimes I don't eat breakfast.  A lot of times I'm waiting on this meal to come.  I know what time it... More>>

Peoria man's fatal crash likely caused by medical problem

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A 66-year-old man who died in an accident Saturday in Peoria's North Valley likely suffered a medical problem before his crash.  

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Man seriously injured in Easter afternoon shooting

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A shooting in Peoria leaves one man with serious injuries.A shooting in Peoria leaves one man with serious injuries.

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