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    US Senate committee OKs Thomson prison funding

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has approved funding to re-open the prison in Thomson as a federal facility. Sen. Dick Durbin is a member of the Appropriations Committee that approved $166 million Thursday to reactivate Thomson and two other prisons, buy 1,000 prison beds from private contractors and expand a program to reduce...

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    Centralia man arrested for Waltonville home invasion

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    A Centralia man is in the Jefferson County Jail after an incident in Waltonville Wednesday. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to a call from an apartment at the Jefferson County housing authority of off Circle Drive in Waltonville, that 21-year old Skyler J. Lamberson allegedly went into his ex-girlfriend, Crystal...

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    EPA warns of dangerous algal blooms

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    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

    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

    (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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