• Puppy survives month in locked car

    by  • May 9, 2013

    Here’s a feel good story for your Thursday. A 12-week old puppy is lucky to be alive after spending nearly a month in an abandoned car. The terrier/schnauzer mix, which has been named Kia by the Kansas City, Mo., shelter caring for her, was discovered Monday by a car lot worker who was tagging...

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    Downstate mayor pleads guilty in federal court

    by  • May 9, 2013

    The mayor of a southeastern Illinois town faces up to 80 years in federal prison and $1 million in fines now that he’s admitted using bogus invoices to skim money from his community. Fifty-six-year-old Bridgeport Mayor Max Schauf pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Benton to three counts of mail fraud and...

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    Patoka residents will see reduction in power bills

    by  • May 9, 2013

    Communities in Southern Illinois will soon see the benefits of passing an electric aggregation referendum on April 9, 2013, says a press release from Affordable Gas and Electric Company, LLC. (AGE). Village of Patoka’s officials approved an electric supply rate of $0.04194 through June 2015. The The winning retail energy supplier is Homefield Energy...

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    Senate committee passes union-backed pension plan

    by  • May 8, 2013

    A Senate committee has approved a union-backed approach for addressing Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension crisis. The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to send the proposal to the Senate floor. It could get a floor vote Thursday. The measure gives workers and retirees a choice of benefit packages. For example, workers who want...

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    Police groups question marijuana test

    by  • May 8, 2013

    lllinois law enforcement organizations say motorist safeguards in pending medical marijuana legislation are not strict enough as the measure heads for a Senate vote. John Kennedy of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police says police should be able to test blood and urine of motorists suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. The...

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