• Reactions mixed to Hugo Chavez death

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death is eliciting reactions as mixed and outsized as the fiery leader drew in life, with some saying his passing was a tragic loss and others calling it an opportunity. Some of the many Venezuelans living in Florida are reacting with cautious optimism that there will be change in their...

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    Orphans win first round of mascot contest

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    The Centralia Orphans have won the First Round in the USA Today Unique Mascot contest by a nearly 52,000 margin. More than 678,000 votes came in for the Orphans. The race between the Centralia Orphans, the Cobden Applekockers and other Illinois teams brought in the most votes of any contest across the U.S., for...

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    Gov says union contract saves $900M

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    An administration official says Gov. Pat Quinn will spend part of his budget address crediting a contract agreement with Illinois’ largest union for $900 million in healthcare savings. Quinn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 reached an agreement last week for a three-year deal after negotiating 15 months....

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    Williamson County deputy arrested for DUI

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    A Southern Illinois sheriff says the job status of one of his deputies is cloudy after he was arrested for suspected drunken driving for the second time in five years. Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says 48-year-old deputy Shaunn Curry was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped last Friday on Illinois 13...

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