• Cover crop project aims to improve water quality and increase crop yields

    by  • August 27, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Governor Pat Quinn has announced the start of a three-year demonstration project by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to encourage the planting of environmentally-beneficial cover crops. The initiative’s goal is to improve water quality in Illinois lakes and streams by reducing soil erosion and nutrient run-off from farm fields. Cover crops are plants seeded...

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    Multiple “shanks” found at Big Muddy

    by  • August 27, 2013 • 0 Comments

    For the second time in less than two weeks, part of a southern Illinois prison finds itself on lockdown. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, the medium-security Big Muddy Correctional Center in Ina was placed on Level 1 lockdown Monday morning, following the discovery of multiple “shanks” in a cell.  Tom Shaer, IDOC...

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    Two Mt. Vernon women charged with making meth

    by  • August 27, 2013 • 0 Comments

    At 2:50 p.m. Monday the Mt Vernon/Jefferson County High Risk Team executed a search warrant on a home in the 300 block of North Sixth Street in Mt Vernon based on information that methamphetamine was being produced and sold from the residence. The team secured the residence and detained two people, 44-year-old  Angela R....

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    Ill. drivers can now prove insurance on cellphone

    by  • August 26, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law that lets Illinois residents use cellphones to prove they have auto insurance. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports Quinn signed the legislation Friday. More than a dozen other states also let motorists use programs on their smartphones instead of paper cards provided by auto...

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