Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Chicago.


Police to Begin Screening for Explosives at CTA Stations

(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police and Chicago Transit Authority are to begin screening passengers' bags for explosives starting next month.

Beginning the week of Nov. 3, officers will start performing "quick, randomized swab-tests of bags to detect possible explosive materials," Chicago Police said in a statement Friday.

The initiative will be rolled out one station at a time, with a group of 4-5 officers doing the tests.

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State Announces Ebola Task Force

(CHICAGO) -- The State of Illinois has set up a task force to deal with the threat of the deadly Ebola virus, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday.

The task force's aim is to ensure that the state's public health system is prepared for the virus that's been on a deadly rampage in West Africa.

"I have directed (the Illinois Department of Public Health) to assemble a task force of experts that can lead a coordinated effort to ensure everyone in Illinois receives timely and accurate information regarding any potential threat," Gov. Quinn said in a statement.

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Kurt Summers, Jr. Named New City Treasurer

(CHICAGO) -- Kurt Summers, Jr. has been selected to serve as Treasurer for the City of Chicago.

City officials announced
Wednesday that Summers was selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the job. The appointment is pending City Council approval.

Summers was chosen to replace City Treasurer Stephanie Neely, who's set to step down from the post at the end of November.

Summers' appointment is effective Dec. 1.

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Police Charge Man in March Beating Death

(CHICAGO) -- Police have made an arrest in connection with the fatal beating of a Tennessee man in Chicago back in March.

Chicago Police announced Tuesday that Aaron Smith has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Morris, of Jackson, Tenn.

Investigators said on March 26, Morris, 27, was found lying battered in the street on the 7000 block of South Vincennes Avenue. He then succumbed to his injuries on April 3.

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Man Reported Missing in New Mexico Found in Chicago

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A Silver Alert issued in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sunday, for a Michigan man who went missing, has been cancelled after the man was found in Chicago, Ill.

Police in Albuquerque say 78-year-old Loyde Ellwyn Durham was dropped off at the airport in that city, but never checked in or made it onto the American Airlines flight he was supposed to be on.

This prompted the Silver Alert being issued.

However, Albuquerque International Sunport officials then issued a statement Sunday night saying that Durham had been found in Chicago.

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