• U.S. senators propose 12-cent per gallon gas tax increase

    by  • June 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,...

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    Rape trial enters third day in Marion County

    by  • June 17, 2014

    SALEM — A Marion County jury trial entered its second day, as jurors were expected to continue hearing from its opening witness – the alleged victim. Jamie Merritt, 33, of Centralia, is charged with Class 1 felony criminal sexual assault by force and Class 2 aggravated domestic battery including strangling. Prosecutors accuse Merritt of...

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    I-64 accident claims life of Georgia man

    by  • June 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON COUNTY — A one-car accident Monday morning in Washington County has claimed the life of a 73-year-old Georgia man. According to Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger, Douglas Dueker of Jasper, Ga., was returning home from a weekend wedding in St. Louis, when traveling eastbound on Interstate 64, his vehicle left the south side...

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    Charged in fatal hit-and-run, Nast free on bond

    by  • June 17, 2014

    CARLYLE — A 25-year-old Damiansville man is free on bond, having quickly posted the $2,500 needed to secure his release from the Clinton County jail, after he was charged Friday in connection with a fatal hit and run that claimed the life of 22-year-old Lana E. Albert. Shortly after being formally charged in court...

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    Quinn restores previously cut Medicaid services

    by  • June 16, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Medicaid recipients in Illinois will once again have dental and podiatric care covered. Under the law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, the cuts made to those services in 2012 will be restored. β€œIt’s very important that we enact reforms that protect the public and the taxpayers, while at the same time providing...

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    Centralia man charged with selling heroin

    by  • June 16, 2014

    CENTRALIA — A 40-year-old Centralia man could be facing 6 to 30 years in prison, if convicted of a heroin dealing charge filed against him Monday morning in Marion County court. Tyrone A. Hill has been charged with manufacture with the intent to deliver heroin near a school, public housing, or park – a...

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