Governor to sign pot bill
After months of keeping his decision-making close to the vest, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign legislation today that will make the state the 20th in the nation to legalize marijuana for medical use. The Chicago Democrat will center his remarks on military veterans — something that’s been a focus in his governorship — and the chronically ill, according to a copy of his plans obtained by the Associated Press.
Inmate fires upon deputy
An inmate being taken for treatment at a specialty hospital shot a deputy sheriff after a struggle over the officer’s gun Wednesday, then was shot and critically wounded by a second deputy, police said. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the shooting happened around noon in the emergency room of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The wounded officer was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was in stable condition. The inmate, taken to the same hospital, was believed to be in critical condition.
FORT CARSOn, COLO.
Lightning injures soldiers
A lightning strike Wednesday afternoon injured 12 soldiers, including one who was in critical condition. Officials at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs said lightning struck south of the Butts Army Airfield around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. They said the soldiers had been in training but were heading toward shelter when the lightning struck.
CARSON CITY, NEV.
Small victory for Simpson
O.J. Simpson won a small victory Wednesday in his bid for freedom as Nevada granted him parole on some of his 2008 convictions for kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room. But the decision doesn’t mean Simpson will be leaving prison anytime soon. The former NFL star was convicted on multiple charges and still faces at least four more years behind bars on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively. The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners released its decision in favor of Simpson’s parole request Wednesday.
Compiled from wire reports.