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US eyes new COVID-19 outbreaks as testing ramps up

By Matt Sedensky, Kevin McGill and David Rising Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans rushed to build a makeshift hospital in its convention center Friday as ew outbreaks bubbled in the United States, deaths surged in Italy…

Steak ‘n Shake offering discounts to essential workers

Staff  Report ROCKFORD - Steak 'n Shake, 7561 E. State St., is offering a discount program for essential workers who are keeping the nation running during the COVID-19 outbreak. Now through April 7 at all Steak 'n Shake workers in…

Harlem Globetrotters star Curly Neal dies

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer Fred "Curly" Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained millions with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of three decades, has died. He was 77. The Globetrotters said Neal died in his home…

COVID-19: No new local cases reported; 305 tests pending

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Although no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Winnebago County Thursday, there are still more than 300 tests pending. Winnebago County Health Department Director Dr. Sandra Martell said a total…

Local woman attacked by man she met on ‘dating’ app

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A local woman was attacked by a man she met online, police reported Thursday. Wednesday, March 25, Rockford police officers responded to the 1700 block of 12th Avenue and spoke to the 23-year-old victim, who…

Sports Illustrated launches coronavirus podcast

Staff Report NEW YORK -  Maven Media Brands and Sports Illustrated announce the launch of Coronavirus + Sports, a free podcast sharing candid stories of how the global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the world of sports. Hosted by Luis…

Men charged with multiple weapons offenses

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Three men were jailed Wednesday and charged with multiple weapons offenses after police responded to a shots-fired call on the northwest side. At around 1:15 p.m., officers were called to the 2300…

Teen killed at Rockford housing complex

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Police are investigating a shooting on the city's west side, where officials say a 16-year-old boy was killed. Police say at around 3 a.m., officers responded to a shots-fired report on the 1000…

Coronavirus outbreak strains Illinois meat industry

By Ben Orner Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois’ livestock supply chain –…

Senate unanimously approves $2.2T coronavirus rescue package

By Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the…

TRRT announces circulation update

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Because of the increasing amount of business closures amid the COVID-19 outbreak, The Rock River Times has limited circulation of its print edition. Until further notice, the paper will be available in the…