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New York doctor eases COVID-19 fears

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - If some pundits sound like they believe the world will never be the same because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's because they're likely right. But for most people, the main concern is how to avoid infection. According to one New York doctor who treats nothing but covid patients these days, there is hope in knowing that more than 90% of the time, the disease is spread through touch. "The way you get this virus is almost exclusively from your hands," Dr.…

Video: Police ask for public’s help identifying robbery suspect

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is asking the public for its help to identify a suspect they say robbed a woman at gunpoint downtown last week. The suspect is described as black male, approximately 40 years old, 5-8, around 230 pounds. He was wearing a black and purple coat with a hood, tan pants, black shoes and black gloves. The man was carrying a purple backpack. Police say around 5:40 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, the suspect approached a woman outside…

Trump campaigns during State of the Union; Nancy Pelosi rips up speech

By Jonathan Lemire Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing before a Congress and nation sharply divided by impeachment, President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address Tuesday to extol a "Great American Comeback" on his watch, just three years after he took office decrying a land of "American carnage" under his predecessor. The partisan discord was on vivid display as the first president to campaign for reelection while facing impeachment made his case for another term:…