Traveling exhibition on Negro Leagues
LITTLE ROCK - The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock is preparing to show a traveling exhibition about Negro Leagues baseball.
The center said Monday that the exhibition begins Aug. 9 with a reception that will feature live music and a talk by former Kansas City Monarchs player Bill "Youngblood" McCrary.
McCrary lives in Hot Springs Village and played with greats including Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks and Buck O'Neil.
Organizers say the exhibition consists of 34 works of original art created by national and regional artists who were tasked to depict what life was like in the Negro Leagues.
The works will be shown through Dec. 1.
US construction grant to modernize O'Hare
CHICAGO - The federal government has awarded a $65 million grant for runway construction as part of the massive project to modernize Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley announced the grant Tuesday. Quigley sits on a House subcommittee on transportation.
He says "modernizing Chicago O'Hare will ensure the airport remains one of the top travel and shipping hubs in the country."
The multibillion-dollar project to reconfigure and add runways at O'Hare began more than a decade ago. It's aimed at expanding capacity and eliminating severe delays.
At the center of the project is the reconfiguration of O'Hare's runways into a more modern parallel layout, rather than an intersecting one.
The grant money for O'Hare comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Cops up I-80 patrols to reduce fatalities
DES MOINES - Police from across the country gathered in Iowa Wednesday to kick off a campaign to beef up patrols along Interstate 80 for the next eight days.
Safety officials from many of the states involved came to the Iowa Capitol to launch the campaign. The goal is to eliminate fatalities along the highway, a 2,900-mile road that runs from New Jersey to California.
"I am very proud to be here today," said Gov. Terry Branstad. "I believe the I-80 Challenge provides us with a wonderful opportunity."
Patrick Hoye, the bureau chief of the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau, said that in Iowa the number of state troopers along I-80 will increase from about eight to 20 during the campaign. He said there will also be additional state and local personnel on the road. Hoye said that in Iowa, on average there is a serious or fatal crash on I-80 every four days.
Nat'l GOP increases effort to oust senator
BATON ROUGE - The Republican National Committee is bolstering Louisiana GOP efforts to oust U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The RNC has paid to hire a state director for the Republican Party of Louisiana, as part of its ongoing work to defeat Landrieu, a Democrat seeking a fourth term in office, in the 2014 Senate race.
Chris Young is the first state director the RNC has placed in Louisiana, according to Ryan Cross, a spokesman for the state GOP.
The announcement last week of Young's hiring comes as the GOP readies for a 100-stop, statewide tour that begins Aug. 16.
Young previously worked for Gov. Bobby Jindal's gubernatorial campaigns, and he was Jindal's deputy director for legislative affairs during the most recent legislative session. He's also worked for the RNC in Nevada.
Boy, 5, calls 911 when mom suffers seizure
DETROIT - A 5-year-old Detroit boy called 911, getting emergency workers to his home only minutes after his mother began having a seizure.
Akua McClain calls her son, Demonte Reilley, her "protector" and "guardian angel."
Demonte woke up last Tuesday to his mother having a seizure.
He told WDIV-TV he "was scared," but "wasn't anymore when help was coming."
Demonte not only called 911, but he stayed on the line with an operator, saying where he lived and how his mother was doing. McClain has epilepsy, and seizures can be common for her.
She says that if her son hadn't acted in the way he did, "God only knows what could have happened."
Efforts to eradicate invasive plants rise
ST. PAUL - Noxious weeds are proving an expensive and cumbersome adversary for Minnesota agricultural officials, who are ramping up eradication efforts of invasive plants that pose environmental or health worries.
In Duluth, Japanese knotweed has become a nuisance and prompted worry that it will crowd out food sources for waterfowl. In southern Minnesota, a woody vine called oriental bittersweet is spreading fast along the Mississippi River.
Minnesota Public Radio News reported Wednesday that a recent $350,000 state grant from the state's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund will help target weeds on an "eradicate list." They include oriental bittersweet, Dalmation toadflax, cutleaf teasel, Japanese hops and Grecian foxglove.
100 stolen US flags returned to veteran
BALLWIN - A St. Louis County veteran has his flags back - all 100 of them.
KSDK-TV reported that someone stole the American flags from Korean War veteran Walter Schoenke's home in Ballwin over the Fourth of July weekend.
Neighbors heard about the theft and surprised Schoenke with 100 new flags soon after the theft. Now, the stolen flags have been returned, left at Schoenke's door with an apology and a letter thanking him for his service.
Neighbors plan to help Schoenke place the flags around the neighborhood on Veterans Day.
Bar owners are asked not to serve 10 people
JANESVILLE - Janesville police are asking bar owners not to serve alcohol to 10 people who require emergency services more often than most residents.
Police officer Joe McNally says the people on the "no serve list" have had three run-ins with police in the past six months. Those incidents include trips to jail or detox, along with less formal interventions, such as an officer driving someone home.
McNally says all those interactions cost the city. For example, a trip to detox runs about $400, plus the time for an officer to take someone there and the time for a doctor to clear the person.
McNally tells the Janesville Gazette that people will be taken off the list if they have fewer than three contacts with police after six months.
The Associated Press