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    Sunday fire destroys Centralia garage

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    An early Sunday morning fire in Centralia destroyed a two-car detached garage and its contents, according to Centralia fire officials. The home in the 600 block of Davis Street was fully engulfed in flames when around 1:30 a.m. a neighbor noticed and called 9-1-1. According to the fire department, the fire was so hot...

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    Records show violence up at Menard prison in 2013

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Illinois Department of Corrections records show an increased number of serious assaults at the Menard Correctional Center this year. Twenty serious assaults were reported by May 29, an average of four a month, The Southern Illinoisan reported Sunday. The maximum-security prison in Chester in southwest Illinois had 30 in all of 2012,...

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    BREAKING NEWS: Ill. passes nation’s toughest fracking regulations

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved the nation’s strictest regulations on high-volume oil and gas drilling, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn. As part of a bipartisan economic development effort to bring thousands of jobs to southern Illinois , State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) applauded the passage of a “fracking” legislative package. “It...

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    Illinois Senate defeats ammunition limit

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A plan to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois has failed in the Senate. Senators voted 28-31 Friday. The legislation would have banned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and bill sponsor Sen. Dan Kotowski (kuh-TOW’-skeez) lobbied for the bill with parents of children...

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    Guilty plea gets Breese man 15 year prison sentence

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    A 26-year-old Breese man has pleaded guilty to child molestation charges. Gilberto Santiago Rodriguez accepted a plea agreement shortly before yesterday’s scheduled final pre-trial hearing. In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13, Rodriguez was sentenced to 15...

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    Marion County celebrates first Drug Court graduation

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    In celebration of “National Drug Court Month,” the Marion County Drug Court held its first graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at the Marion County Courthouse. According to a press release from Judge Michael McHaney, who oversees the Marion County Drug Court program, the ceremony marks participants’ completion of an intensive program of comprehensive...

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