FEMA has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept through the state last November.  FEMA officials said tornado damage in Wayne and eight other Southern Illinois counties was not severe enough to warrant federal help.  The state had been seeking $6 million in costs to local governments in the nine affected counties.

Fairfield City Police are warning local residents about another potential telephone scam going around.  The latest scam involves a caller advising the resident that they don’t have to pay next month’s utility bill in full. The caller then tries to obtain personal financial information from the victim.  If you receive one of these calls – simply hang up.

Kacy Elise Woods, 21 of Poplar Bluff, MO surrendered at the Wayne County jail this week on a charge of child abduction.  Woods is accused of bringing a child to Wayne County after sole custody of that child had been given to another individual by court order in Cumberland County, North Carolina.  Woods posted $1,500 cash bond and was released.

Several Fairfield Community High School students were recently notified they were finalists for the Illinois State Scholar competition.  The finalists include Lea Carter, Kyle Ellis, Brodey Murbarger, Cody Simpson, Erin Smothers and Abigail Trotter.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says his comments calling for a cut to Illinois’ minimum wage were a “mistake” and he’s now in favor of raising the minimum wage.  Under the right circumstances, Rauner says he would be in favor or raising Illinois’ $8.25 an hour minimum wage. Rauner said the state would have to reform its workers compensation law before he would be in favor of a higher minimum wage.

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