• 2 mil in Illinois to see food stamps reduced

    by  • August 6, 2013

    About two million people in Illinois will see their food stamp benefits reduced this fall. A temporary boost to the supplemental nutrition assistance program from the 2009 Obama stimulus bill expires on October 31. Nationally, more than 47 million Americans, including 22 million children, who receive food stamps, will see their food assistance cut,...

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    More oiling for Centralia roads

    by  • August 6, 2013

    The city of Centralia public works will be applying seal oil and chip to another set of roads starting 7 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. There will be no parking allowed on the following streets: Country Club from Gragg to Raccoon Lake; Edgewood North; Estate Drive; Agape Lane; Greenwood; and Greenview Road. Road work is...

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    “Sail Rock” coming live to the Family Arena

    by  • August 6, 2013

    SAIL ROCK Thursday, August 15, 2013 7:30PM **Please note that the $63 million rehabilitation of the westbound Interstate 70 Missouri River Bridge (Blanchette Bridge) will keep the westbound bridge closed from November 2012 until Fall 2013.  Motorists should consider Route 370 as an alternate.  Route 370 connects from I-270 in St. Louis County to...

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    Watchdog group hounded by agency it is trying to help

    by  • August 5, 2013

    By Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee.net SPRINGFIELD — One of the few independent organizations with regular access to the state’s overcrowded prison system is being criticized by the agency it is trying to help. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections has called reports issued by the John Howard Association “inaccurate” and “untrue.” The...

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    Illinois now reporting 5 cases of rare stomach bug

    by  • August 5, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is reporting one new case of a rare stomach illness, bringing the total number of cases in the state to five. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says health officials are still investigating the source of the bug and have been unable to link the illness to any...

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    Appeals court denies immediate Ill. conceal-carry

    by  • August 5, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago federal appeals court isn’t letting Illinoisans immediately tote firearms in public under the state’s fledging concealed-carry law, but says it will give the matter a speedy review. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down the emergency injunction request by gun-rights advocates who wanted Illinois gun...

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