Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Illinois won't release details of 'Chicago Fire' tax credits

Illinois officials say they won't detail expenditures the TV show "Chicago Fire" made to qualify for nearly $16 million in tax breaks last year.

The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2adQrHS ) reports that the move is a departure from last year, when the state publicly released the names and amounts show producers spent on actors, extras, crew and businesses that worked on the series' pilot episode.

Willie Nelson launches festival; Neil Young, Crow to perform

Willie Nelson is launching a new music festival in Pennsylvania this fall, where Neil Young and Sheryl Crow will take the stage.

Blackbird Presents announced the first Outlaw Music Festival on Tuesday. It will take place Sept. 18 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton.

$30K in rewards offered for arrests in Texas deputy slaying

Up to $30,000 in rewards have been offered for information leading to arrests in the fatal shooting of a Texas sheriff's deputy at his Austin-area home.

Texas Crime Stoppers on Tuesday announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to suspects in the killing of Travis County sheriff's Sgt. Craig Hutchinson.

Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' to open Toronto Film Festival

Antoine Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt will have its world premiere as the opening film of the 41st Toronto International Film Festival.

Festival CEO and Director Piers Handling and Artistic Director Cameron Bailey announced the star-studded lineup of galas and special presentations Tuesday. The festival will include premieres of Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival," with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, and Peter Berg's Mark Wahlberg-led "Deepwater Horizon."

The Latest: Throng in Kosovo for Munich victim's funeral

The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

Highland Park woman works to turn block into eco-village

A 50-year-old woman is working to turn her blighted block in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park into a self-sustaining eco-village called Avalon Village.

The Detroit News (http://detne.ws/2aqAh13 ) reported that Shamayim Harris' plan includes turning vacant lots into urban gardens, stores operating from shipping containers, and tennis and basketball courts.

Indiana prosecutor to seek death penalty in 'Purge' killings

A prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty in the case of a 19-year-old Indianapolis man charged with fatally shooting three people over four days in May.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said at a news conference Tuesday that Johnathan Cruz killed the three "for sport," describing the killings as "beyond senseless." Curry says Cruz based the killings on the horror movie "The Purge," which is about one day a year when murder is legal. Cruz has pleaded not guilty in the shootings of Billy Boyd and Jay Higginbotham on May 12 and Jose Ruiz on May 15.

Singer Joy Williams gets acting bug after Showtime role

Ex-Civil Wars singer Joy Williams doesn't want to be that cliche of a musician-turned-actor, but after getting her first role in the Showtime series "Roadies," she admits she's got the acting bug.

"I am learning there is the cliche for a reason 'cause there is a lot of overlap," she said in an interview last week at her home in Nashville, Tennessee. "I am still really committed to making music, but if the right role came up again, I totally caught the bug."

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