• Large percentage of diabetics live in listening area

    by  • August 13, 2013

    In our listening area, only Marion County ranks below the national average of diabetes, falling just below the national percentage.  According to national center for disease control figures, Jefferson County’s rate is 10.7 percent, Washington County is 10.1 Fayette County is 10.2, and Clinton County is at 8.7, while the national rate is 8.3...

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    Debt ratings downgraded for 7 Illinois public universities

    by  • August 13, 2013

    (AP) Moody’s Investors Service downgraded debt ratings on seven public Illinois universities, including the University of Illinois, and warns more decreases could take place in the future. The bond rating agency took the actions Friday, about two months after it warned it was reviewing all public universities in Illinois because of the state’s precarious...

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    Appellate court rejects Schoolfield’s case; sentences stand

    by  • August 13, 2013

    According to Clinton County State’s Attorney John Hudspeth, , the Illinois Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon has entered an order affirming prison sentences imposed on Valerie Schoolfield in January, 2011. Following the death of her 3-year-old son, Joseph, on January 24, 2009, Schoolfield was convicted of felony offenses including endangering the life or health...

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    McCarter: $6 million for Rt. 50 Lebanon Bypass, local projects

    by  • August 13, 2013

    Federal transportation construction dollars once earmarked for a proposed highway interchange near Highland will instead be directed toward numerous other local projects, the largest of which is the U.S. Route 50 bypass at Lebanon, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon). Sen. McCarter announced the funding for the Lebanon project during a meeting of...

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    Centralia man facing meth related child endangerment charge

    by  • August 12, 2013

    Bail has been set at $150,000 for a 36-year-old Centralia man held in the Marion County Jail and facing multiple meth related charges. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Billy J. Cameron over the weekend, for alleged aggravated manufacture of between 100 and 400 grams of meth resulting in child endangerment, possession of less than...

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