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    Annual meteor shower visible this weekend

    by  • August 9, 2013 • News

    The annual Perseid meteor shower will blaze across the sky from tomorrow night through early Tuesday. Astronomer Larry Ciupik says it would be a good idea to face northeast and watch the show. You will have to stay up late to see the Perseids at their peak; the best viewing comes from midnight to...

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    Area hospitals included in $71.3 mil grant program

    by  • August 8, 2013 • News

    Hundreds of hospitals are getting millions of dollars from the state. As a part of the Illinois Jobs Now program, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $71.3 million in grants to hospitals. “These investments create hundreds of good construction jobs while helping these hospitals provide better service to the thousands of patients they serve every single...

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    Feds: Ex-state worker took $433,000 in kickbacks

    by  • August 8, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a onetime chief of staff to the former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health took $433,000 in kickbacks for steering grant and contract money to certain groups. An indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield says Quinshaunta Golden faces one count of bribery and...

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    Child abuse and neglect increasing in southern Illinois

    by  • August 8, 2013 • News

    Illinois child abuse and neglect deaths in 2013 are occurring faster than at any time in 18 years, with more fatalities in southern Illinois than in heavily populated northern communities. Richard Calica tracks such grim statistics as director of the Illinois department of children & family services (DCFS). He visited Tuesday in southern Illinois...

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    Record enrollment makes housing tight at SIU-C

    by  • August 8, 2013 • News

    Administrators at southern Illinois University are preparing for a record number of new students on campus when fall classes begin later this month. But that’s creating a housing crunch at the Carbondale school. WSIL-TV says new student enrollment is on pace to beat 2008′s record, thanks to an anticipated 16 percent increase in new...

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