Headlines for Sunday, August 16, 2015

The 2012 double murder of a young White County couple Jake Wheeler and Jessi Evans will be featured in an upcoming episode of the show “Nightmare Next Door” on the Investigation Discovery channel.  The episode, entitled “Into The Woods” is set to air at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20th and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23rd.

The Wayne County Corn and Soybean Yield Tour is scheduled for Monday, August 24th.  This is the 33rd year for the tour.  As in the past, eight teams will travel different routes, each checking at least 10 soybean and 10 corn fields for yield.  Anyone interested in participating in the tour should contact Samantha Hannah at Consolidated Grain and Barge in Wayne City at 895-2181.

Jefferson County District 80 school leaders are looking into a 1% sales tax increase similar to a proposal that failed in Wayne County.  District 80 Superintendent Aletta Lawrence said state budget problems have them looking at many revenue options.

The lack of an Illinois budget means that state-funded MAP grants cannot be paid to colleges and universities to cover student tuition this fall.  Most schools are crediting students’ accounts on the assumption that there will eventually be a state budget which includes money for the grants.

Governor Bruce Rauner has used his veto authority to set higher fines in a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.  The legislation would have fined those caught with up to 15 grams between $55 and $125.   Rauner set the threshold at 10 grams and fines from $100 to $200.  In a separate veto letter, Rauner altered a bill extending the life of the state’s medical marijuana pilot program from two or more years down to 4 months.  The bills now go back to lawmakers.

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