• 1st West Nile virus death reported in Illinois

    by  • September 13, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State public health officials say an elderly central Illinois man is the first person in Illinois to die of West Nile virus this season. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the death Friday. They say the Logan County man was in his 80s and died in mid-August. The Macon County...

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    Third diagnosis given for rash of illnesses in IDOC

    by  • September 13, 2013

    A team from the centers for disease control in Atlanta is now in Danville to probe a rash of illnesses at the Danville correction center that has affected 102 prisoners. Department of corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says it has been determined that the illness was not caused by what was originally thought, commenting that...

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    Lt. gov. advocates for mental health funding

    by  • September 13, 2013

    Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is putting more distance between herself and Gov. Pat Quinn, advocating for the state to prioritize mental health funding following a tour of a group home and crisis center Friday. According to Simon, mental health providers are on the front lines, serving some of our state’s most vulnerable residents, and...

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    Colorado flooding cuts off mountain towns, kills 3

    by  • September 12, 2013

    LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Heavy rains sent waves of water crashing down mountainsides in Colorado today, cutting off mountain towns and forcing the University of Colorado to cancel classes. At least three people are reported dead. The Colorado town of Lyons is completely cut off because of flooded roads. Authorities say heavy-clearance rescue vehicles...

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    Fire burns several blocks of N.J. boardwalk

    by  • September 12, 2013

    SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A raging fire that apparently started in an ice cream shop has spread several blocks down a New Jersey shore boardwalk that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. Television footage showed flames and thick black smoke billowing from a long stretch of the boardwalk Thursday in...

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