• Hillshire brands buying Pinnacle Foods

    by  • May 12, 2014

    Hillshire Brands announced Monday it is buying Pinnacle Foods, whose brands include Duncan Hines, Bird’s Eye, Hungry Man and Aunt Jemima, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $4.23 billion. The deal would expand Hillshire brands’ portfolio which includes Jimmy Dean sausage, Ball Park franks and Sara Lee frozen bakery goods. Shares of both...

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    Fairfield teacher charged with videotapping girls

    by  • May 11, 2014

    Formal charges are expected to be filed Monday against a Fairfield Community High School math teacher and track coach for allegedly videotaping students in a girls’ locker room at the school. Timothy C. Going was arrested Friday after the allegations surfaced that he had been videotaping students in a girls’ locker room. The charge...

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    Man found dead in Vandalia apartment fire

    by  • May 11, 2014

    A man was found dead Saturday in the hallway of a Vandalia apartment complex that had been evacuated due to a fire. Police first received reports of the fire at 12:39 a.m. The victim was found collapsed in the hall area of the first floor of the Central High Apartment complex, and pronounced dead...

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    Ford recalls more than half-million vehicles

    by  • May 9, 2014

    Ford says it’s recalling more than 692,000 vehicles in North America for two safety problems. The first case covers 692,500 Escape SUVs and C-Max hybrids from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says a software glitch can stop the side curtain air bags from inflating in some rollover crashes. The company says it...

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    Centralia mom gets probation in infant battery case

    by  • May 9, 2014

    After pleading guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery to a child under 13, a 20-year-old Centralia woman was sentenced to 30 months probation for failing to stop her infant son’s 21-year-old father from harming the child last summer. Margaret Overstreet was initially charged with the same Class X felony as the child’s...

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