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Layoffs expected at EIU

By Bill Grimes, Effingham Daily News

August 18, 2015


Filed under Global

The 1,750 or so employees of Eastern Illinois University are holding their collective breath in the face of expected staff layoffs.University spokeswoman Vicki Shaw Woodard said there is no question that there will be some layoffs. But Woodard said no particulars were being announced Monday, though ...

How one Chicago suburb is tied to notorious codeine cocktail

By Lindsey Compton, Chicago Tribune

August 18, 2015


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"Sizzurp" — an intoxicating concoction of codeine cough syrup, soda and candy — is mostly associated with rappers who sing about it, offer recipes on social media and have sometimes suffered its negative medical consequences.But now the drug cocktail, also known as "lean" and "purple drank," has deve...

Rauner signs bill into law that provides disabled veterans with property tax breaks

Rauner signs bill into law that provides disabled veterans with property tax breaks

By Mike Fitzgerald, Belleville News-Democrat

August 17, 2015


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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into a law a bill that would provide property tax breaks to severely wounded military veterans, as well as a handful of other measures affecting veterans, including a proposal establishing a discount card.Senate Bill 107 provides a multi-tiered set of exemptions from local prop...

Liberia declared free of Ebola, but authorities remain cautious

Liberia declared free of Ebola, but authorities remain cautious

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times

May 10, 2015


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Slightly more than 13 months since Liberia's first case of Ebola, the West African nation Saturday was declared free of the deadly disease, 42 days after the burial of the last victim on March 28.In the world's worst outbreak since Ebola's discovery in 1976, more people died in Liberia than any other natio...

UN appeals for more help for earthquake-hit Nepal

UN appeals for more help for earthquake-hit Nepal

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times

May 1, 2015


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KATHMANDU, Nepal –The United Nations on Friday called for further support for earthquake-hit Nepal as officials said the death toll from the 7.8-magnitude temblor neared 6,200.Nearly one week since the quake, donor countries have provided $53 million for emergency aid, less than 13 percent of the ...

6 officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

6 officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

By Pamela Wood and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

May 1, 2015


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The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died last month after being injured in police custody, have been charged criminally, Maryland State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday.Mosby's announcement on the steps of the War Memorial Building was greeted with ch...

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