• Coast Guard responds to river rescue near Chester

    by  • September 18, 2014

    CHESTER — Cleanup and salvage crews are headed to the Mississippi River near Chester for a towboat that sank early Thursday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard received a report around 12:30 a.m. Thursday that the Maverick was sinking at mile marker 105. Two crew members on the towboat were rescued by a nearby towing...

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    IDPH reports first deaths of the year from West Nile

    by  • September 18, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first West Nile virus related deaths in Illinois for 2014. Two women in northern Illinois who became ill with West Nile in late-August and early-September have succumbed to the virus One of the women was in her 70s and the other was...

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    Judge rules to allow Libertarian candidates on ballot

    by  • September 18, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Sangamon County judge on Thursday rejected the Republican Party’s attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot. Judge Patrick Kelley denied GOP attorneys’ appeal of a State Board of Elections decision to allow Chad Grimm of Peoria on the ballot. His name will...

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    FMC Water Company customers may experience water outage

    by  • September 18, 2014

    ODIN — FMC Water Company continues to search for a major water leak that is consuming approximately 200,000 gallons of water each day. In an attempt to narrow FMC’s search, portions of the water company’s service area will experience a water outage from 9 p.m. Friday, September 19, until 6 a.m. Saturday, September 20....

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    Former Wayne County coach admits videotaping girls

    by  • September 17, 2014

    EAST ST. LOUIS — A former Fairfield High School teacher has pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping girls. Timothy C. Going, 43, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to four counts charging him with attempted sexual exploitation of minors and possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Going, a former...

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    Meth blamed after Missouri man sets self on fire

    by  • September 17, 2014

    SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) – A southeast Missouri man is hospitalized and expected to face drug charges after accidentally setting himself on fire. The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that a caller on Monday night told police that a man was on fire. Officers found the man on the side of the road screaming in pain....

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