• School performance shows drop in achievement

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    Thursday’s release of “report cards” on school performance will show a drop in the percentage of students passing the Illinois standards achievement test last school year. But that doesn’t mean teaching or student performance has actually fallen. Rather, the decline in scores is a result of the state Board of Education’s decision to toughen...

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    Breese man charged with sex assault

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    A 20-year-old Breese man has been charged in Clinton County court with Class 1 felony sexual assault with force. Westley Dean Clements was arrested Monday for an incident that according to Breese Police Chief Bob Fix, is alleged to have happened Saturday. Judge Dennis Middendorff set bail for Clements at $50,000 and a first...

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    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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