• Inmate on officer assault places Vienna prison on lockdown

    by  • November 12, 2014

    VIENNA — An assault on a correctional officer Wednesday afternoon has resulted in the Vienna Correctional Center to be placed on a Level 4 lockdown. According to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Schaer, one inmate and eventually four officers were involved in the incident that happened outside while inmates were being moved for...

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    Medical marijuana investors offer $1M to Effingham schools

    by  • November 12, 2014

    EFFINGHAM (AP) — Investors in a potential medical marijuana growing operation are trying to persuade a city council in south-central Illinois to reconsider a zoning request. They’re offering up to $1 million to local schools over 10 years to  show they’re serious about helping the community. The Effingham City Council last month rejected a...

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    Landowners file lawsuit targeting new fracking rules

    by  • November 12, 2014

    EDWARDSVILLE (AP) – A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state’s new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect. The lawsuit filed Monday in Madison County Circuit Court seeks a preliminary injunction, claiming the DNR violated several rulemaking procedures as it worked to...

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    False tornado alerts sent to mobile devices

    by  • November 12, 2014

    The National Weather Service confirms that false tornado alerts were sent out to mobile devices early Wednesday morning. According to the National Weather Service, a glitch in the system is suspected to be the cause for outdated alerts being sent to smartphones and tablets. There are also reports that the alerts were being seen...

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