• Ameren prepares for winter storm power trouble

    by  • February 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Ameren Illinois is preparing to respond Thursday in case the winter storm knocks out power. Ron Pate, Vice President of Operations and Tech Services for Ameren Illinois, says they will monitor weather conditions for any changes they may need to make. All contractors have been placed on alert and trucks will be fueled and ready...

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    Good news for Trekkies

    by  • February 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are showing off their real-life holodeck where astronomers can fly over the surface of mars and where “Star Trek” fans can walk around a life-size recreation of the Starship Enterprise. Cave2 has an 8-foot-high, 320-degree screen that creates that sensation of being able to touch what’s...

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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • February 20, 2013

    02/21/2013 A battery was stolen late Wednesday afternoon  from a vehicle in the 600 block of Locust Street. A 31-year-old employee of the United Parcel Service Distribution Center in Centralia has been arrested for alleged theft of packages.  Michael Smith was reportedly caught stealing items at the distribution center and loading them into his...

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    Fracking regulation bill due in House

    by  • February 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A bill regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois is expected to be introduced this week in the State House, two-weeks after a Senate bill called for a two-year moratorium on the practice.  Supporters of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” believe they have a good shot because the regulatory bill is being negotiated by...

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