• Centralia man suffers serious injuries in I-57 accident

    by  • November 8, 2013

    A serious accident yesterday morning resulted in a 37-year-old Centralia man being airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital with serious injuries. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 6:30 Thursday morning, a pickup truck being driven by 37-year-old Mark Taylor of Mt. Vernon lost control due to ice on the Interstate...

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    Ex-Ill. judge pleads guilty to heroin, gun counts

    by  • November 8, 2013

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A former southwestern Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal that included another judge’s cocaine death has pleaded guilty to federal heroin and gun charges. Forty-three-year-old Michael Cook entered the pleas Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to charges that led to...

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    State investing in six Kinmundy homes

    by  • November 8, 2013

    The state of Illinois is making a $6.6 million state investment in communities in southern Illinois to support critical public works improvements and home rehabilitations for low-income residents. The program includes nearly $230,000 for rehabilitation of six single family homes in Kinmundy: The investments were made under the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic...

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    NAL ready to hire hundreds in Paris by summer

    by  • November 8, 2013

    An eastern Illinois auto parts maker now says it should add 300 previously announced new jobs at its plant by next summer. Steven Duval is the head of human resources for Paris-based North American Lighting Inc. He said Thursday the company plans to add about 160 people at its plant in Paris by next...

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