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Around the state 10-25-17

Walgreens to shutter 600 stores as part of Rite Aid deal
(AP) — Walgreens plans to close about 600 drugstores as it completes a $4.38 billion deal to buy nearly 2,000 from rival Rite Aid.
Company spokesman Michael Polzin said Wednesday that most of the closings will be Rite Aid stores, and the vast majority will be within a mile of another store in the Walgreens network.
Walgreens isn't saying which stores will close.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., based in Deerfield, announced its acquisition plan last month, nearly two years after the nation's biggest drugstore chain launched an attempt to buy all of Rite Aid Corp., based in Camp Hill, Pa. Regulators balked at that bigger deal.
The store closings will start next spring and be completed over 18 months. Walgreens operates more than 13,200 stores worldwide.
Mental assessment sought for teen accused of shooting mom
STERLING, Ill. (AP) — The attorney for a northwestern Illinois girl charged with murder in the death of her mother is asking for a psychological assessment of the teenager.
The body of 53-year-old Peggy S. Schroeder was found in a burning home July 8 in Morrison, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) west of Chicago. Schroeder's daughter was charged as a juvenile with two counts of first-degree murder, concealing a homicide and arson.
The teen allegedly shot her mother in the head and attempted to conceal the body by setting the house on fire.
Sauk Valley Media reports a hearing on the motion for a psychological examination of the 15-year-old is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Whiteside County Court.
Whiteside County State's Attorney Terry Costello wants to try her and an accused accomplice as adults.

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