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Updated: 3/03/15 - 5:38 AM

Peru Drug Arrest
Two people were arrested on drug charges Friday night in Peru. Police Chief Doug Bernabei says 34-year old Wilfredo Candelaria of Peru and 25-year old Nora Toovey of DePue were arrested during a traffic stop around 9:40 PM Friday near downtown. Bernabei says a K-9 search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of over 100 packages of heroin, along with a small quantity of cocaine. Both individuals were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and are being held on a $1 million bond.

Rauner's Budget and Amtrak
Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois' funding for Amtrak trains during a time when ridership has been climbing. Passenger numbers and ticket revenues have grown during the past five years. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the rail system doesn't believe Rauner's budgeted $26 million for Amtrak is enough to "maintain the current level of service."

Lawmakers going after Drug Use
Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse. Representatives Lou Lang and John Anthony say their bill follows a panel of lawmakers' meetings around the state to learn more about a rise in heroin use and its correlation to prescription drug abuse. The legislation would require drugs combatting heroin overdoses to be dispensed and administered more widely.

Student Sexual Assault at a Joliet High School
A high school science teacher in suburban Chicago is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student in a storage room. Brian D. Smith is charged with aggravated sexual assault. Smith's bond is set at $600,000.

Bloomington Woman Dies in Fire
A central Illinois woman has died of smoke inhalation during a house fire. The Pantagraph reports that Wilma R. Brown was found dead on the second floor of a Bloomington home. A male relative also was hurt and might have jumped from the second floor. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Investigators have yet to determine the cause of Friday's blaze.

Minoso Passes Away
The Cook County medical examiner says Chicago White Sox great Minnie Minoso has died at age. Minoso was the first black major league baseball player in Chicago in 1951. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.


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