Headlines 8-6-17

The Albion 1st United Methodist church will sponsor a fundraiser on August 12th at the Pagoda in Albion.  Leroy Moore will be cooking pork chops and porkburgers.  A bake will also be held at the same time.  Serving will be from 11 to 1:00.  All proceeds will go to the backpack program.  The backpack program provides food for children in need over the weekend.  They provide 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 snacks.  The meals are prepared at the church and delivered to the school on Friday morning for distribution.  If you can’t attend and wish to donate call the church at 618-445-2555.

The Egyptian Health Department has announced that they have collected batches of West Nile positive mosquitoes in White, Gallatin, and Saline Counties. Common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches. In rare cases, severe illness can occur, including meningitis and encephalitis. Symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. Repel mosquitoes by wearing clothing that covers skin and use insect repellents when outdoors.

An Evansville, IN woman and two children received serious injuries Thursday when their SUV collided with a transit bus and a semi on Interstate 64 in Jefferson County. Illinois State Police report that Emily Stone, 35 of Evansville was traveling westbound on I-64 near milepost 67 in a 2017 Honda SUV when she lost control in heavy rainfall. The SUV skidded through the median and into the eastbound lanes of I-64, colliding with the rear of a semi-trailer before spinning into the front end of the transit bus. State Police ticked Emily Stone for driving too fast for conditions following the 4:20 p.m. accident. Both lanes of eastbound I-64 were closed for over 2 ½ hours for cleanup.

Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year. The Chicago Tribune reports that several health insurance carriers proposed double-digit increases in rates released Thursday under what’s often referred to as the Obamacare exchange. Health Alliance Medical Plans, which offered coverage mostly in central and southern Illinois this year, is proposing rate increases of as much as 43 percent. The proposed rates aren’t final and don’t include federal subsides that could lower costs for many people.