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Charges against George Zimmerman were dropped

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:29 Published in National News

MIAMI (AP) - Prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement she did not want to pursue the case.

State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement Wednesday that Samantha Scheibe's decision not to cooperate and the lack of other corroborating evidence made a successful prosecution unlikely.

Zimmerman had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following a Nov. 18 incident at the central Florida house he shared with Scheibe. She initially told police Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her face, then recanted in an affidavit filed this week.

Zimmerman was acquitted last summer in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin. The case sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense laws.

Chuck Berry prepares for milestone performance

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 14:36 Published in Local News

A milestone performance next month at Blueberry Hill. On January 15, Chuck Berry will make his 200th performance at the Duck Room. Tickets go on sale Friday morning at 11 and are $35.

Skinny Jim and the Number Nine Blacktops open for Berry.

Illinois and Missouri ranked among least healthy states

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 14:25 Published in Local News

A new report places both Illinois and Missouri among the least health states in the nation.

The reports was released by the United Health Foundation and puts Illinois as the 30th healthiest state and Missouri in the 39th spot. The Show me State did move up one spot. The report says the state saw a decrease in smoking, binge drinking, and physical inactivity.

Smoking and high cardiovascular and cancer death rates remain problems for Missouri, and high levels of air pollution and binge drinking are trouble for Illinois.

The full report can be viewed here: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/

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