• Two men charged with synthetic drug distribution

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    The Vandalia Police Department and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Tuesday at a home in the 1600 block of West Madison Street in Vandalia. Kyle W. Bloemker, 20, of Smithboro, was arrested for unlawful delivery of an intoxicating compound and possession with intent to deliver a mis-branded drug. Louis A....

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    2-million Illinois residents to see food stamps cut

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    More than 2 million low-income Illinois residents who receive food stamps will soon see their benefits cut. Beginning Friday, a temporary increase in food stamp dollars from the 2009 economic stimulus will expire. The change will affect more than 47 million Americans. It comes as congress is negotiating additional cuts to the program, now...

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    2 southern Illinois jails allowing e-cigarettes

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two counties in southern Illinois have started allowing jail inmates use electronic cigarettes. So far White County and Saline County are letting inmates use the nicotine-infused vapor inhalers. Lee Enterprises newspapers reports officials in Franklin, Wabash and Williamson counties also are deciding if they’ll let inmates use electronic, or e-cigarettes....

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    Federal report supports FutureGen in Illinois

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A final recommendation is still pending but the U.S. Department of Energy has said in a report that the FutureGen project in Morgan County should go ahead. The agency released the final environmental study on Wednesday. It says the clean-coal project should receive $1 billion in federal funding. The State...

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