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Marion Man Dead After Being Struck by Vehicle

Marion Man Dead After Being Struck by Vehicle

MARION – A Marion man is dead after being hit by a vehicle late Tuesday night. According to Marion Police, officers responded to a reported vehicle versus pedestrian crash just before 11 p.m. at the intersection of West Deyoung Street and Old Bainbridge Trail. When officers arrived, they found a man identified as 40-year-old Louis R. Hayes…Read more…

Walmart Expands Health Service to Address Racial Inequalities

Walmart Expands Health Service to Address Racial Inequalities

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart will expand health care coverage for employees who want to use a doula, a person trained to assist women during pregnancies, in an effort to address racial inequities in maternal care. After first offering doulas to employees in Georgia last year, Walmart said Wednesday that it will expand the same…Read more…

Asian Carp Rebranded to ‘Copi’ to Make Fish More Palatable

Asian Carp Rebranded to ‘Copi’ to Make Fish More Palatable

Photo by Kate Gardiner/Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0 (IOCI RADIO) – The invasive Asian carp is getting a brand makeover. Asian carp has a new name in Illinois: “Copi.” “That’s short for copious, because that’s exactly what they are,” Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Kevin Irons said. He said they want to reduce the “copi” population…Read more…

Rend Lake Dam Road to Close Friday for Routine Maintenance

Rend Lake Dam Road to Close Friday for Routine Maintenance

BENTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake will close the Rend Lake Dam Road to all through traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The road closure is necessary for engineers to perform routine maintenance and inspection of the Rend Lake Dam. Access to the South Marcum Recreation Area, Spillway Recreation…Read more…

SIUC, SIH Announce Scholarship Program for Accelerated Nursing Program

SIUC, SIH Announce Scholarship Program for Accelerated Nursing Program

CARBONDALE – For those who have earned a bachelor’s degree or accumulated a significant number of hours toward a degree and have ever considered a career in nursing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale program has been announced to allow qualified candidates to earn their Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in about a year with a…Read more…

Kentucky Man Withdraws Guilty Plea to Murder of Wayne County Deputy

Kentucky Man Withdraws Guilty Plea to Murder of Wayne County Deputy

WAYNE COUNTY – The 41-year-old Kentucky man who pleaded guilty in Wayne County Court to the first-degree murder last year of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley has filed a motion seeking to withdraw that plea, claiming he was coerced. In addition to claiming coercion for his guilty plea, Ray E. Tate claimed in the…Read more…

Ex-Illinois State Senator Gets Prison in Embezzlement Case

Ex-Illinois State Senator Gets Prison in Embezzlement Case

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois state senator was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Teamsters union for a no-show job. Thomas Cullerton, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, was sentenced Tuesday on a federal embezzlement charge for fraudulently receiving…Read more…

Area Fundraising Helps Disabled Mt. Vernon Veteran Replace Roof

Area Fundraising Helps Disabled Mt. Vernon Veteran Replace Roof

MT. VERNON – A local disabled Army Veteran and his wife signed a contract Monday for a new roof on their home in Mt. Vernon, thanks to area efforts to raise funds needed to have the old roof replaced. According to Dave Keen, who spearheaded the movement to help Jeff and Jennifer Williams replace their old leaking…Read more…