• GM recalls more than 2.4 million more vehicles

    by  • May 20, 2014

    General Motors is recalling a total 2.42 million vehicles to fix four separate safety flaws, nearly matching the 2.6 million cars gm recalled earlier this year for a deadly ignition switch flaw. The automaker says the huge new recall is part of its “continuing effort to quickly address emerging safety issues.” The new action...

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    Centralia police officer arrested, suspended with pay

    by  • May 20, 2014

    A Centralia police officer is free on bail this morning, after being charged yesterday in Marion County court with two counts  domestic battery. Mason Jackson has been suspended with pay since the alleged incident in March at the Huck’s station in Centralia. According to Centralia Police Chief Doug Krutsinger, a warrant was issued yesterday...

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    Western Illinois sheriff charged with misconduct

    by  • May 19, 2014

    A western Illinois sheriff is facing a felony misconduct charge for a 2012 death investigation of a woman who overdosed on heroin. Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty is also the county’s coroner. He was charged after prosecutors say he didn’t follow procedures for embalming the body of 47-year-old Shanda Lopez. Two other men were...

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    Man charged in shooting death of motorcyclist

    by  • May 19, 2014

    A Pontoon Beach man is charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of a Granite City man over the weekend. Caleb Ryan Bailey, 23, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing 43-year-old Travis Mayes  around 3:43 a.m. Sunday in the 4700 block of Nameoki Road in rural Granite...

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    Solar farm planned for East St. Louis

    by  • May 19, 2014

    Work is underway in East St. Louis to convert a former industrial site into what could be a $65-million solar farm, if state lawmakers sign off on it. The Belleville News-Democrat reports cleanup of the former 400-acre Alcoa site began in March. Officials say the 20-megawatt farm of solar panels could power roughly 4,000...

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