Local • 3A, 6A

Some rattled by explosion

Law enforcement officials Thursday afternoon were investigating an explosion in a field north of Janesville that was linked to a noise dozens of residents reported hearing Thursday morning. Several residents in the Janesville and Milton areas reported hearing a noise that sounded like an explosion Thursday morning, but at the time the cause was unknown.

Charges reduced in shooting

A man accused in a Janesville shooting death last May is no longer charged with murder. As part of a plea agreement announced in Rock County Court, Barquis D. McKnight pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. McKnight, 33, of Beloit, shot Eddie L. Jones, 28, of Markham, Illinois, when the two were visiting a Janesville residence.

Nation/World • 6B-7B

FBI looks into NRA funding

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency. Investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA. It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections.

Governors make opioid plea

Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation’s governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day. The call from the National Governors Association is the first coordinated, bipartisan response from the nation’s governors since the declaration.

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