Illinois trooper dies following crash along interstate 

FARMER CITY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper has died and his canine partner was injured following a crash involving a semi-truck along Interstate 74. State police say Ryan Albin died after being injured in the Wednesday afternoon crash near Farmer City in central Illinois. Police say Albin’s canine partner Biko was in the rear of his police vehicle and had minor injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. State police Director Leo Schmitz says: “Our hearts are heavy with grief.”