Early Morning Accident on Lost Bridge Road Kills 1

A head on collision between two cars on Lost Bridge road this morning has sent one driver to the hospital, and unfortunately left the other dead. 21 year old Felecia Strode of Decatur was pronounced dead at the scene this morning. Ms. Strode died as a re

City Council to vote on appointment of Gregg Zientara as interim City Manager

The City of Decatur could have their interim City Manager in place by Monday night...

Illinois Department of Public Health Warning of Foodborne Illiness this Thanksgi

CHICAGO – The season for family gatherings and festive meals is here, and with that comes the potential for foodborne illnesses, if the foods are not properly prepared and handled. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck of

Man Fails to Register as Sex Offender, Faces 100 Years in Prison for Child Porno

BLOOMINGTON — A central Illinois man is facing more than 100 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography and sex offender registration charges. James Carter of Normal is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and t

Numbers for Illinois Children in Early Education Programs Falling

Not long ago, Illinois was getting more kids into early childhood education. Those days are gone. Illinois began the Preschool for All initiative in 2007, and boosted the number of kids enrolled from 77,000 to 95,000. Then budget cuts hit in 2010, and th

Recalled Toys May Still on Store Shelves

Recalled toys or products may still be up for sale during the holidays.   The Illinois attorney general’s office complies an annual holiday shopping guide to items that have been recalled over the past year. Attorney General Lisa Madi

Madigan Appealing Pension Reform Verdict

The state will be appealing the circuit court ruling on pension reform.   Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office will be filing an appeal shortly, asking for an expedited hearing before the Illinois Supreme Court. Madigan says a showd

Chaos fills Ferguson streets following Grand Jury's decision on Darren Wilson/Mi

Protests quickly turned violent in Ferguson, Mo, on Monday night following a Grand Jury's decision not to pursue an indictment against former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson stemming from the shooting death of Michael Brown...

Traffic Fatalities in Illinois Down from Recent Years

Fatalities on Illinois roads are down this year vs. last – but they’re making a comeback.   Fatalities stand at 822, which is 85 fewer than at this time last year, and it’s possible to finish the year under 900, if people put their

Timothy Killeen Ready for New Role as U of I President

The incoming president of the University of Illinois comes from an accomplished family.   Timothy Killeen comes here from the State University of New York, and he spent two decades at the University of Michigan. So where’d he get that funny acc

Nearly $4.5 Million Going to Some Central Illinois Foodbanks

Eight food banks serving Illinois are getting an upgrade using state funds.   Nearly $4.5 million will go to regional food banks so they can upgrade their computer systems and cut down on paper record keeping. Gov. Pat Quinn says the benefits of this

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Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine....
Ferguson fallout: Dozens arrested in Calif. unrest
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police in Oakland and Los Angeles arrested scores of demonstrators during a third night of unrest linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri....
With incentives and brute force, IS subdues tribes
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts - everything from cars to feed for their animals - while brutally suppressing those that resist with mass killings....
OPEC unity tested by low prices, oil glut
VIENNA (AP) -- OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging - and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it....
Thanksgiving: Turkey, parades, shopping deals
NEW YORK (AP) -- Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving....

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