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    Five killed in I-70 rollover identified

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News

    Five Baltimore men killed when their van careened off of a southern Illinois freeway and overturned several times were members of a Christian ministry returning from a weeklong international conference in California. Philip LaCrue of San Dimas, Calif.-based Victory Outreach International says the victims of Monday’s wreck on Interstate 70 near Vandalia east of...

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    Biggies owner posts $25k bond on synthetic drug arrest

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News

    Bail has been set at $250,000 for Centralia businessman Kelly Alexander, who was arrested Tuesday after Marion County Sheriff’s deputies raided his business Biggies Cafe and General Store, seizing hundreds of packages of synthetic cannabis and thousands of dollars. The 43-year-old Alexander, of Walnut Hill, was charged Wednesday morning in Marion County Court with...

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    IDNR reminds boaters of water safety

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News

    Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to remind boaters to be safe. It’s national safe boating week and the message is “wear it,” as in wear your life jacket. Illinois law requires a life jacket for every person on board a boat. State law also requires anyone...

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    Federal prison guard sentenced on tax fraud

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News

    A former federal correctional officer from the Federal Correctional Institution at Greenville was sentenced to a total of six months in prison, a year of supervised release and $22,108 in restitution to the IRS, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois. Attillah Ruffin, 43, waived her right to...

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    Senate overrides Quinn smart-grid veto

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News

    The Illinois Senate has again approved a plan to address so-called smart grid technology over the objection of Gov. Pat Quinn. Senators voted 44-11 Tuesday to override Quinn’s veto earlier this month. Quinn claimed the bill undermined oversight and would force automatic rate hikes. Senate President John Cullerton disputed those claims. A three-fifths majority...

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    Mt. Vernon facing road closures

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News

    Motorists in Mount Vernon should be alert for road closures over the next few days. Starting this morning, crews for the Norfolk Southern Railroad will begin repairs on Illinois Route 15 on the east side of Fifth Street in both the eastbound and westbound lanes and the work will result in road closures. Motorists should...

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