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    As tornado cleanup begins, Ill., death toll stands at six

    by  • November 18, 2013 • News

    Cleanup began Monday in the aftermath of a storm system officials are saying left six people dead Sunday after strong storms and tornadoes swept across state. Five of Sunday’s fatalities reported were in southern Illinois, with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency reporting up to 200 were injured. Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger confirmed Monday...

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    Updated to three reported dead from storms in Washington County, several injured

    by  • November 17, 2013 • News

    Officials are reporting one person was killed and others injured in Washington County, as strong storms and tornadoes swept across southern Illinois Sunday. Major damage was reported in Washington County, particularly in and around the community of New Minden. Washington County EMA coordinator Rick Greten reports that one person was killed south of New...

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    Tornado watch issued for the area

    by  • November 17, 2013 • News

    A number of Midwestern states are awakening to the threat of a high risk of severe thunderstorms and what is being called a very dangerous situation. The National Weather Service says parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio are at the greatest risk of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds Sunday....

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    Illinois has most units of local government in country

    by  • November 15, 2013 • News

    Illinois has nearly seven thousand units of local government. That’s more than any other state. From school boards to library districts to county commissions, one think tank says it’s high time to cut that number dramatically. The Illinois policy institute says shrinking the number of government units will save taxpayer dollars. The institute believes...

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    Mt. Vernon could soon see higher property taxes

    by  • November 15, 2013 • News

    People in Mt. Vernon may soon see higher property taxes. The Mt. Vernon Township High School Board has proposed raising its taxes by nearly 8 percent. Members say the money will not go toward construction of the new high school. Instead, it will be used for general operating expenses, including teacher salaries and transportation....

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    Man struck and killed by West Frankfort train

    by  • November 15, 2013 • News

    A West Frankfort man is dead after being struck by a train late last night in Franklin County. The incident took place around 9 p.m. in West Frankfort at the Elm Street crossing. That’s when a Union Pacific train reportedly struck and killed 50-year-old Carl Jackson. Jackson had gone around the gates and attempted...

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