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CHICAGO (AP) - Marques Townes and Clayton Custer each scored 18 points, Donte Ingram added 14 and Loyola-Chicago posted a comfortable 88-67 win over Samford. Townes shot 8 of 11 and collected eight rebounds, Ingram also had eight rebounds and Custer passed out nine assists with no turnovers.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Springfield Public Schools officials have hired a canine handler to regularly search middle and high schools for drugs, bombs and guns. The school board has hired a former Springfield police officer who spent 20 years training police dogs and handlers. School officials say the searches will deter bringing contraband into schools buildings and possibly avoid an evacuation if there's a bomb threat.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A University of Illinois student is among this year's class of Rhodes scholars. The Rhodes Trust says in a news release that Thomas J. Dowling is one of 32 students from the United States who will receive full financial support to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago children's hospital has been recognized for its approach to relieving patients' pain. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital reports it is one of six hospitals in the U.S. to be awarded a certificate for a "comprehensive approach to pain prevention and management in children." The certificate comes from the nonprofit Childkind International. The Boston-based organization is dedicated to reducing "pain and needless suffering" in all children.

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