• 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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    Parole denied for man convicted of 1960 murder

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board has denied parole for a man serving a life sentence for a 1960 killing at Starved Rock State Park. The (Ottawa) Times reports the board voted 7-7 on Chester Weger’s request for parole. The 74-year-old needed eight votes to be granted parole. Weger was convicted...

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    Pontiac police officer killed in crash

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    PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — Pontiac police say an on-duty officer and his police dog have been killed in a vehicle crash. Pontiac police say 29-year-old officer Casey Kohlmeier was killed late Wednesday. Officials say another vehicle struck Kohlmeier’s marked K-9 vehicle on Interstate 55. The officer was on duty and in the median turn...

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