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    Feds find Illinois improperly withdrew Medicaid, Medicare funds

    by  • August 19, 2014 • News

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal auditors have found that Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in overdraws the state later had trouble repaying. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General released the report Monday. The report says Illinois created “a perpetual ‘treadmill effect’” as it continued...

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    Hospital databases hacked; Illinois, Missouri patients affected

    by  • August 19, 2014 • News

    Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, including Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon, announced today that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients. Hackers have gained access to patients’ names, social security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers. Anyone who received treatment from...

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    Deichman named Mt. Vernon police chief

    by  • August 19, 2014 • News

    MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon has a new police chief, after interim chief Chris Deichman was sworn in Monday morning as the police department’s full-time, permanent leader. Deichman has been with the department for 25 years, most recently serving as assistant chief under Chris Mendenall. Mendenall retired in February after 16 years as police...

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    Tentative settlement reached in Schnucks card breach

    by  • August 19, 2014 • News

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A tentative, court settlement claims Schnuck Markets Inc. was responsible for a security breach affecting up to 2.2 million credit and debit-card accounts includes purchases made at their store in Centralia. The circuit court for the city of St. Louis has approved mail and email notices to consumers who made...

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    Fomer trooper apologizes for fatal crash that took his license

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Breaking News, News • 0 Comments

    MT. VERNON  (AP) — For the first time since the fatal accident in 2007, former Illinois State Police trooper Matt Mitchell has publicly apologized for the crash that killed 18-year-old Jessica Uhl and her 13-year-old sister Kelli. He was back in the Secretary of State’s office Wednesday trying to get his drivers’ license back. ...

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