Catholic Bishop Timothy O’Donnell of Springfield is urging caution in the city’s upcoming casino referendum. While not saying which way parishioners should vote, O’Donnell says the lure of easy money might be blinding people to social problems an urban casino might bring. The special election on MGM International’s downtown casino proposal in Springfield will be held next Tuesday. A group of about 14 religious leaders held a rally in Springfield this week to speak out against the casino proposal.
An announcement on whether a grand jury has indicted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager is expected this afternoon.
Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The U.S. military will have a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month.
The President shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration.