• Train derails in Mt. Vernon

    by  • December 30, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Just before 6:30 Sunday morning the Mt. Vernon Fire Department and Police Department responded to a train derailment in the area of Liberty Road and Rockaway. Eight rail cars are believed to have derailed with one of the cars releasing ethanol. The Fire Department Hazmat team remain on the scene and is handling the...

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    Hyper-partisanship blamed for cliff dive

    by  • December 28, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Continued hyper-partisanship will be to blame for the nation going over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” says one of Illinois’ congressmen-elect. U.S. Rep.-elect Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says House Speaker John Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” proposal didn’t pass because his members knew it wasn’t going anywhere. “Why put yourself out on a limb when this bill...

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    Mississppi River levels continue to drop

    by  • December 28, 2012 • 0 Comments

    The Mississippi River’s water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. The coast guard remains confident that the nation’s largest waterway will remain open despite the worst drought in decades....

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    Explosives cache found in Sesser

    by  • December 28, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Southern Illinois investigators say they found a cache of firearms and explosives December 21, while arresting a 59-year-old Sesser man who was suspected of soliciting a child for sex. Norman Dwayne Risley is charged with possession of a bomb, bombshell or grenade, aggravated indecent predatory solicitation of a child for a sex act; and...

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    New laws for new year

    by  • December 27, 2012 • 0 Comments

    January 1st doesn’t just mark the advent of the New Year—State Sen. John O. Jones (R-Mt. Vernon) said it is also the day more than 150 new Illinois laws take effect. While many of the measures are relatively mundane, others target serious criminal activity, increase fees, and seek to protect employee privacy. Initially contentious...

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