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    Southwestern Ill. man accused in scissors stabbing

    by  • December 9, 2013 • News

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man remains jailed on $200,000 bond after being accused of stabbing another man in the neck with scissors. The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County prosecutors charged 56-year-old Charles Phillips of Belleville area with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He’s also accused of being a repeat...

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    Teachers in Mount Olive go on strike

    by  • December 9, 2013 • News

    MOUNT OLIVE (AP) — Teachers in Mount Olive School District No. 5 went on strike this morning after the teacher’s union and the district were unable to agree on a new three-year contract. The union and district have been at odds over retaining a retirement incentive for teachers that calls for a 6 percent...

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    Make-A-Wish helps Ill. girl, 14, publish a novel

    by  • December 9, 2013 • News

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago teenager is celebrating her new-found status as a published author. Ravina Thakkar’s novel is called “The Adventure of a Lifetime” and was published with the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thakkar, who lives in the southwestern Chicago suburb of Plainfield, was 10 when she first told the charity...

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    I-70 accident sends Salem man to hospital

    by  • December 9, 2013 • News

    According to the Illinois State Police, a 58-year-old Salem man was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 70 near the Brownstown exit.  Accident reports say Frank Keener was eastbound when he approached an earlier accident. He followed the direction of a fireman, moved to the driving lane and slowed...

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    Quinn fighting against plan to lower ethanol blend

    by  • December 9, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn is in Washington DCtoday to fight against a plan to cut the amount of ethanol that has to be blended into gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed cutting the amount of renewable fuels that refiners have to use by 3 billion gallons, the first reduction of the renewable fuel standard...

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