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Headlines for Friday, January 24, 2014

An urgent blood drive has been set for this Saturday at the Fairfield Wal-Mart. An American Red Cross bloodmobile bus will be at the Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. All blood types are needed.

An April trial date has been set for a Galatia man accused of violently shaking his 4-month-old daughter last month, leaving her with severe brain damage. 21-year-old Colten Campbell faces a Class-X felony charge of aggravated battery of a child causing permanent injury.  During a hearing Thursday, authorities alleged that Campbell shook the child because she was crying while he was trying to play a video game.

Illinois residents affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes have an extra week to apply for federal disaster aid.  The deadline has been extended to Feb. 3.  People with storm damage in 15 Southern Illinois counties, including Wayne County, can apply for grants and loans.

Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students. Trustees voted Thursday to raise tuition by 1.7%. They also increased fees and housing costs.

The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District has named the recipients of three $500 scholarships.   The winners are Lea Carter of Fairfield Community High School, Michaela Smith of Wayne City High School and Brandae Gill of Cisne High School.

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