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    High court issues two landmark decisions

    by  • June 30, 2014 • Breaking News

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court Monday has issued two landmark decisions. In the first decision, the high court says public sector unions can’t collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union. The justices on Monday said collecting the fees violates the First Amendment rights of workers...

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    Tank farm leak leads to U.S. 51 closure

    by  • June 29, 2014 • Breaking News

    PATOKA — An overnight breach in the pipeline at the Patoka tank farm has resulted in U.S. 51 between the Kinoka Road in Patoka and Vernon being closed to through traffic until at least Monday while cleanup continues. Marathon officials are estimating 500 barrels of crude were spilled in the incident. According to law...

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    Fayette County crash claims life of Vandalia woman

    by  • June 28, 2014 • News

    ST. ELMO — A two-car accident Friday night, killed a Vandalia, according to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen. at The accident occurred on Route 40 at Interstate Drive around 7:44 p.m. Accident reports indicate Irma Viramontes traveled eastbound on the interstate, crossed over the westbound lane and struck the car of 66-year-old Phyllis Torbeck,...

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    Marion County sees lowest unemployment since 2008

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — May saw a second month of across-the-board declines in metro jobless rates in Illinois. The largest single drop was in the Rockford area, where unemployment fell from 10.3 percent a year ago to 8.9 percent. Springfield and  Bloomington-Normal have the lowest rates — 6 percent. In Marion County, however, unemployment was up...

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    Cable tech injured when power pole falls

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    CENTRAL CITY — According to Central City officials, a Charter Communications Technician was injured Thursday morning, when a power pole on which he was working reportedly broke off at the ground. The incident occurred just south of the Lion’s Shelter in the Central City Park. The technician, Ryan Hilmes, was taken to St. Mary’s...

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    Repeat child sex offender gets life plus 30 years

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — A repeat child sex offender was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years Thursday in federal court in Springfield. Jerry Lee Hendricks, 66, of Patrick, South Carolina, was convicted in July 2013 of four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography at the...

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