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    Authorities report courthouse bomb threat

    by  • November 13, 2014 • Breaking News, News

    HARRISBURG — A bomb threat was reported at the Saline County Courthouse Thursday morning. Sheriff Keith Brown says Johnson County 911 got a call before 7:30 a.m. reporting a threat. Dispatchers tried transferring the call to Saline County 911, but it was lost. Brown says the threat was made prior to the courthouse opening...

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    Inmate on officer assault places Vienna prison on lockdown

    by  • November 12, 2014 • News

    VIENNA — An assault on a correctional officer Wednesday afternoon has resulted in the Vienna Correctional Center to be placed on a Level 4 lockdown. According to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Schaer, one inmate and eventually four officers were involved in the incident that happened outside while inmates were being moved for...

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    Medical marijuana investors offer $1M to Effingham schools

    by  • November 12, 2014 • News

    EFFINGHAM (AP) — Investors in a potential medical marijuana growing operation are trying to persuade a city council in south-central Illinois to reconsider a zoning request. They’re offering up to $1 million to local schools over 10 years to  show they’re serious about helping the community. The Effingham City Council last month rejected a...

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    Landowners file lawsuit targeting new fracking rules

    by  • November 12, 2014 • News

    EDWARDSVILLE (AP) – A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state’s new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect. The lawsuit filed Monday in Madison County Circuit Court seeks a preliminary injunction, claiming the DNR violated several rulemaking procedures as it worked to...

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