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    Cicada hatch to make for noisy western Illinois

    by  • June 4, 2014 • News

    GAESLBURG, Ill. (AP) — Late spring is about to get a whole lot noisier in western Illinois. University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon says that cicada eggs laid 17 years ago are about to hatch. Nixon told the Galesburg Register-Mail that the noisy insects should start emerging this weekend. He says the males...

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    Parents urged to stop using recalled infant recliner

    by  • June 3, 2014 • News

    A sixth baby has died while using a recalled “Nap Nanny” infant recliner, with safety experts again urging parents to stop using the product. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, the latest tragedy involved an 8-month-old girl from New Jersey. The baby suffocated while secured by a belt, trapped between the...

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    Du Quoin Fair announces 2014 musical lineup

    by  • June 3, 2014 • News

    The iconic rock ‘n’ roll band Foreigner will be playing at the Illinois State Fair in Du Quoin, and they’ll be getting a bit of backup help from local teenagers. Organizers of the August festival say Foreigner will perform at the southern Illinois fair on Aug. 23. The Du Quoin High School choir will...

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    Trade mission boosts region’s pork industry

    by  • June 3, 2014 • News

    Buyers from Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines are touring Illinois pork industry sites this week during a trade mission hosted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The tour began Monday morning in Red Bud at the Cedar Ridge Farm, one of the nation’s top sellers of purebred breeding stock. The buyers will...

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    Investigation show recall repairs may not work

    by  • June 3, 2014 • News

    U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working. The company recalled older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys in 2012 because the air bags could inflate without a crash, causing injuries. Chrysler installed an electrical filter to eliminate electrical spikes on air bag circuits....

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    WIC to expand fruits, vegetable funding

    by  • June 3, 2014 • News

    The State of Illinois will increase its contribution to those buying fruits and vegetables in a need-based food program for women, children and infants. The Illinois Department of Human Services announced on Monday it will offer an additional $2 per month for produce in the federally-funded supplemental food program. It increases the amount from...

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