• Fewer meals for Ill. inmates costlier than thought

    by  • October 25, 2013

    By JOHN O’CONNOR and KERRY LESTER Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Feeding prisoners two daily meals instead of three seems like it should save money, but substituting breakfast and lunch for “brunch” at Illinois’ two dozen state prisons could cost several million dollars. Disappointed lawmakers learned this week that it cost the Illinois...

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    New rules for pet food and animal feed

    by  • October 25, 2013

    Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer. The rules put forward Friday were not the direct result of this week’s problem. They stem instead from a sweeping food safety law passed by congress almost three years...

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    Dangerous weed found in Ill. crops

    by  • October 25, 2013

    The University of Illinois says a weed that can badly damage corn and soybean crops has now spread to at least 26 counties in the state, including Fayette, Clinton, Washington and Jefferson. Palmar amaranth originated in the southwest but in recent years has spread east. According to the university, it can also be tough...

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    Westboro to protest World Series games in St. Loius

    by  • October 25, 2013

    St. Louis Cardinals fans may encounter more than just additional security on their way into Busch stadium this weekend. The Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest before the start of both World Series games three and four. In a press release, the Kansas-based church called baseball a “goofy sport” and says fans of...

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    Costume contact lenses can be dangerous

    by  • October 25, 2013

    If you’re buying colored contact lenses for your Halloween costume, make sure they’re from a licensed eye care professional. This warning comes from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which regulates  dispensers of eyeglasses and contact lenses. If they don’t come from a licensed dealer, they may not fit right, which can...

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    Murray closure delayed indefinitely

    by  • October 25, 2013

    The Department of Human Services is confirming this morning that the closure of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia has been indefinitely postponed. DHS spokeswoman Januari Smith told the Associated Press that the closure of the Murray Center is being rescheduled because of a pending court case. The decision comes eight months...

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