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    EPA warns of dangerous algal blooms

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is warning against coming in contact with water populated by algal blooms. EPA director Lisa Bonnett says blue-green algal blooms are capable of producing toxins that can harm health. Algal blooms grow well in shallow water getting lots of sunshine. Their strong color can make the water pea-green, blue-green...

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    MidAmerica development could bring more than 2,000 jobs to the region

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County will have more than 250 acres of its land near a struggling airport appraised as a step toward selling the property to developers planning a business park. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the county’s public building commission overseeing MidAmerica St. Louis Airport agreed Thursday to hire a company to affix...

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    US Sen. Kirk’s bill targets wasteful programs

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has introduced legislation he says will help eliminate wasteful federal programs. The Illinois Republican, who describes himself as a social moderate and fiscal conservative, says the bill he filed this week would create an independent good government commission. The proposed legislation would limit the commission to no more...

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    Judge: Mom’s statements usable during murder trial

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    (AP) — A southern Illinois judge says a woman’s statement to investigators examining the drowning death of her 8-year-old daughter can be used during her murder trial. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Tedeschi on Thursday denied a request by Mary Jophlin’s attorney to keep the statements out of the...

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    Chicago faces credit downgrade due to pension debt

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    (AP) — Moody’s Investors Service is downgrading its debt rating for Chicago because of the city’s “very large and growing” pension liability. The agency said late Wednesday it’s lowering its rating of the nation’s third-largest city from Aa3 to A3. The ratings for general obligation debt and sales tax debt are still investment grade....

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