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    Police ID two killed in Christmas Eve crash on I-57

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    Two people died and four others were seriously injured during a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois. Authorities say 49-year-old Jill Gibson and a 13-year-old unidentified boy died in the wreck that took place around 12:40 p.m. near Ina. The two were passengers in an SUV and both from Hopkinsville, Ky....

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    Schools to require meningitis vaccine for students

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    A new law requiring meningitis vaccines for Illinois teens technically takes effect on New Year’s Day, although the rollout is  going to be slow. The law requires students entering sixth and twelfth grade be inoculated or get booster shots. The state health department still has to develop rules for enforcing the law, so it’s...

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    Quinn grants clemency to 38 Illinois offenders

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    Thirty-eight people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date as far back as 1971. The democratic governor announced Tuesday that he also denied another 129 petitions for clemency. Crimes committed by those who were pardoned include theft, possession of a controlled substance, burglary and forgery, and solicitation of prostitutes....

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    Ill. flu season gets late start

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    The flu season is getting a late start this year but officials say it’s officially here and will be for some time. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention say Illinois is being hit by the virus on a regional basis, one step below the “widespread” categorization. Doctors and pharmacists are reporting more patients with...

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    U.S. postage price going up

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    The cost of mailing a letter goes up next month. Regulators have approved a temporary, 3-cent increase to 49 cents for first class postage in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Forever stamps at the old price can be bought until...

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    Shippers catching up on delayed packages

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    Didn’t get that package you were expecting to arrive in time for Christmas? UPS and FedEx say they’re working on it. Delivery delays are being blamed on poor weather earlier this week and a high volume of holiday shipments. UPS did not make pickups or deliveries Wednesday, but says it’s brought in extra workers...

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