• 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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    Gubernatorial pool filling up

    by  • January 25, 2013

    Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria is considering a run for Illinois governor. Schock tells WMAQ-TV in Chicago that he hopes other GOP hopefuls will step aside. The 31-year-old congressman says he can’t “tell them not to run,” but other GOP candidates who have run before are wasting their time. Shock joins a growing...

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    Missouri fights Medicaid fraud

    by  • January 25, 2013

    According to the Associated Press, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says his Medicaid fraud unit collected more than $50 million last year. Koster said the unit took action against 49 Medicaid health care providers in 2012, including 21 criminal cases and 29 civil cases. One provider was subject to both civil and criminal cases....

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    False tax returns land four in court

    by  • January 25, 2013

    As people are preparing to file their taxes, four cases in federal court this week emphasize the importance of honesty and accuracy. Four individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with making and subscribing false federal income tax returns, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois,...

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