• Student believed to be gunman in Nev. middle school shooting

    by  • October 21, 2013

    Siobhan McAndrew, Guy Clifton and John Bacon, USA TODAY USA TODAY - Two people are dead and two children critically wounded after gunfire erupted Monday at a Nevada middle school, Sparks police said. The Reno Gazette-Journal, citing Sparks City Manager Shawn Carey, said the shooter was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “We believe...

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    Health Services Board hearing on Murray closure cancelled

    by  • October 18, 2013

    According to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board website, the Nov. 5 hearing on the proposed closure of a Centralia facility has been cancelled. The website says, “Project 13-058, Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, Centralia WILL NOT be considered at the Nov. 5 HFSRB meeting. At this time no further information is available.”...

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    Cousins suspected in bank robbery, one still sought

    by  • October 18, 2013

    Police in saline county are looking into a Thursday morning bank robbery in Harrisburg. The holdup happened around 9 a.m. Thursday at the Old National Bank branch along Rollie Moore drive. Reports indicate the robber showed a weapon but no injuries were reported. One suspect, Shawn Gregory, has turned himself over to police, but...

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    Three men plead guilty in Anti-Trust scam

    by  • October 18, 2013

    Three men accused of conspiring with ex-Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon to rig property tax auctions pleaded guilty in federal court to one count each of violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Thursday, John Vassen of Belleville, Scott McLean of East Saint Louis and Barratt Rochman of Carbondale acknowledged colluding...

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    Road funds approved for area projects

    by  • October 18, 2013

    According to Senator Kyle McCarter, a Lebanon republican, the Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded construction contracts for a project near Breese. McCarter says a nearly $489,000 contract was awarded for road construction at the intersection of Jamestown Road and Holy Cross Lane north of Breese has been awarded to Keller Construction, Inc., of...

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    Clergy coming forward in support of marriage equality

    by  • October 18, 2013

    The push for same-sex marriage involves clergy announcing their support. The Rev. Dawnn Brumfield said at a Chicago news conference organized by African American ministers who support same-sex marriage that she unapologetically supports the religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The Rev. Charles M. Straight of Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton is urging...

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