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July 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Arkansas

Library named for Hillary Clinton

LITTLE ROCK - Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to Little Rock as the city dedicates a children's library named for the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential contender.

The Central Arkansas Library System said last week that Clinton will be on hand for the dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center. The library's board voted to name the library for Clinton, in honor of her work on issues regarding children's health and education as Arkansas' first lady.

The dedication ceremony will be held Monday.

Illinois

Chilly leap planned for reading 2M books

CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Chicago Bears player Israel Idonije say they'll jump into Lake Michigan this winter if Chicago children read 2 million books this summer.

The mayor, Idonije and Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon issued the friendly challenge last week to children in the "Rahm's Readers" program. They say they'll take the Chicago Polar Plunge on March 2 if the children read 2 million books. Last summer, "Rahm's Readers" read 1.5 million books.

Rahm's Readers began June 17 and runs through Aug. 10. It is privately funded through the Chicago Public Library Foundation. The polar plunge benefits Special Olympics.

Iowa

Riverboat gambling's first licensee dies

DUBUQUE - A former Dubuque cafe owner who was granted the nation's first riverboat gambling license died last week.

The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reported that 78-year-old Bob Kehl died at home on Wednesday morning shortly after being released from a local hospital.

Family members told the newspaper that Kehl's health had been failing for an extended period.

Kehl and his wife, Ruth, were restaurateurs and caterers who began operating riverboats in 1973. They made headlines in 1990 when they were granted the country's first riverboat gambling license. They launched the Casino Belle, a 2,000-passenger boat from the port of Dubuque, a year later.

Kehl was also the founder and president of Kehl Riverboats, which built and renovated 13 floating casinos, and a founding board member of Iowa's first land-based casino, the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort.

Michigan

Roadway threatens Motown studio

DETROIT - A plan to increase the size of a Detroit freeway is threatening a recording studio that welcomed the likes of Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy and Eminem.

The United Sound Systems building - the spot where Gordy cut a record that would lead the way to the Motown dynasty and where Franklin laid down the vocals to her 1980s hit "Freeway of Love" - could be leveled as part of a project to reconstruct Interstate 94.

Officials are looking to add a lane on both sides and install continuous service drives along the freeway.

It's not going to happen without a fight.

Leaders with the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a nonprofit working to preserve and share the city's music history, have started the process of trying to find an alternative to destroying the revered music house.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has preliminary plans to use the land for an off-ramp, but department spokesman Rob Morosi said those plans could change as the project moves ahead.

Minnesota

Moped not best choice for getaway vehicle

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man who tried to flee police found out the hard way that a moped doesn't make a great escape vehicle.

Moorhead police said the 32-year-old man was driving on the wrong side of the road near Concordia University on Thursday about 1:20 a.m.

An officer tried to stop him, and he allegedly tried to evade the officer by driving through Concordia's campus and across several yards.

At one point he came to a fenced yard. He swerved to avoid it, turning in the direction of another police officer. The officer simply yanked him off the moped.

He was jailed on tentative charges that include a felony count of fleeing a police officer and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

Missouri

White River dropped from federal program

KANSAS CITY - The Department of the Interior has dropped the White River from a new federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways.

A public backlash preceded Wednesday's decision to rescind the National Blueway designation for the 700-plus-mile river that flows through southern Missouri and parts of Arkansas.

Groups on both side of the issue agree that it's the right thing to do. Opponents say the designation, given in January, could lead to new regulations or land seizures. And one-time backers say the controversy could make landowners resistant to voluntarily cooperating with conservation efforts.

The National Blueways System was created in 2012 and is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative. The program is intended to promote outdoor recreation in national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.

Wisconsin

Man pulls tooth of boy, 9, is arrested

LA CROSSE - A disorderly conduct charge is pending against a West Salem man who pulled a tooth from the mouth of a 9-year-old boy, La Crosse police said. Police say the man was drunk.

The La Crosse Tribune reported the child and his mother were outside Jules Coffee House last Sunday night when the man approached and asked the boy what was wrong with his tooth.

Police reports say the child flashed his loose tooth and the man flicked it.

The man allegedly told police he had permission to pull the tooth, and said he knew what he was doing because his father and grandfather were dentists.

Louisiana

Prison must collect heat-index data

BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ordered temperature data be collected for 21 straight days in advance of an Aug. 5 trial of a lawsuit by three condemned killers who claim extreme heat indexes at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

The Advocate reported the suit, filed last month, alleges that heat indexes on death row at the prison reached 172 degrees Fahrenheit last year and 195 degrees in 2011. The suit contends the heat index on all six death-row tiers was above 103 degrees every day last August, and that inmates on one tier endured heat indexes of more than 126 degrees "on 85 days between May and August."

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's order Tuesday came at the conclusion of a hearing during which an attorney for the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the prison called the inmates' data "greatly exaggerated," "faulty" and "generally incompetent."

A lawyer representing inmates Elzie Ball, James Magee and Nathaniel Code countered that the men, each of whom suffers from hypertension, face the possibility of heat-related illness - including heat stroke, paralysis and heart disease - and even death.

The suit asked Jackson to issue an order compelling prison officials to maintain a heat index on death row of no more than 88 degrees.

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