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Chicago responsible for rise in U.S. murder rate

John Dempsey, WLS-AM 890 News
(CHICAGO) A new study says the U.S. murder rate is projected to rise by about 13% this year, but almost half of that increase is because of violence in Chicago.
Time Magazine says the study is from New York University’s Brennan Center.   It projects that while crime overall in 2016 has remained virtually unchanged from last year, the murder rate is expected to rise 13.1% thanks to unprecedented violence in Chicago, which has seen more than 500 murders this year alone.
The study says Chicago is the only major U.S. city to report an increase in murders in both 2015 and 2016.
Despite crime increases in a handful of cities, violence across the U.S. remains near 30-year lows. The report found that a dozen cities, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington D.C., have seen crime dip in 2016.