• Area unemployment drifted upward in December

    by  • January 28, 2013

    While unemployment remained steady for the state as a whole, numbers in Southern Illinois counties saw increases. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the seasonally unadjusted numbers for Marion County went up from 10.8 to 11.3 percent; and Jefferson County went up from 7.9 percent to 8.6 percent. Washington County unemployment went...

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    Marion County coroner releases 2012 statistics

    by  • January 28, 2013

    Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon has released his annual summary for the 2012 calendar year. Cannon reports a total of 441 deaths in Marion County last year, down from 504 in 2011 and 544 in 2010. Of the 441 deaths last yr, the coroner’s office conducted investigations into 128 of them, three less than...

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    Two officially charged with meth crimes

    by  • January 25, 2013

    The two newspaper carriers arrested yesterday morning in Central City for allegedly having a mobile meth lab in their car have been formally charged today in Marion County Court. Howard W. Mays, 39, of Centralia, and 27-year-old and Ann M. Burgess Mays, of Odin, are each charged with two Class X felonies for manufacture...

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    More perishing from flu

    by  • January 25, 2013

    (AP) — State health officials say Illinois flu activity continues to be high in a season where the virus struck earlier than usual. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says 534 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 58 have died. She says all...

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    S&P lowers Illinois credit rating, blames pensions

    by  • January 25, 2013

    (AP) — Standard & Poor’s rating services has lowered Illinois’ credit rating, blaming the state’s pension problems. The New York-based agency says the rating on the state’s general obligation bonds was downgraded to A-minus from A. The agency also gave an A-minus rating to $500 million in general obligation bonds that the state plans...

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