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Headlines for Saturday, December 28, 2013

42-year-old Jennifer Murbarger died early Friday morning after her car ran off into the backwaters of the Little Wabash River northeast of Fairfield.  Murbarger apparently drove her car off into floodwaters in rural Jasper Township and later called her husband on her cell phone to report she was stranded, but did not know her precise location, according to police.  Searchers found her vehicle, which had been abandoned.  Instead of staying with her vehicle, Murbarger apparently tried to walk to safety and was overcome by hypothermia.  Jennifer Murbarger was pronounced dead at 8:45 Friday morning at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  She was the wife of Illinois State Police officer Jayson Murbarger.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for tonight for a woman missing from Hardin County since December 2nd.  The candlelight vigil for Chrisandra “Chrissy” Williams of Rosiclaire, IL will be held at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Shawneetown courthouse square.  Williams has not been seen since she left a home in Rosiclaire on December 2nd.  Her family is offering a $1000 reward for information regarding her disappearance.  The search for Williams has moved into the Ohio River.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

Minor flooding continues along the Little Wabash River at Carmi and the Wabash River at New Harmony.  The stage on the Little Wabash River at Carmi as of Friday night was 30.9 feet, about four feet above flood stage, with a crest of 31.5 expected Sunday afternoon.  The Wabash River at New Harmony was at 17 feet Friday night, with a crest of 18.4 feet expected by Monday evening.  Flood stage is 15 feet.

The November unemployment numbers have been released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Wayne County’s rate for November was 8.4 percent, up slightly from 8.1 percent in November of last year.  Edwards County’s rate for November was also 8.4 percent, up from 7.6 percent a year ago.  Nearly all southern Illinois counties recorded a higher unemployment rate for November compared to a year ago.

Those planning to return a Christmas gift will likely have less time to do so this season.  The Better Business Bureau says some retailers are shortening the amount of time customers have to return items, affecting mainly electronics and appliances.  Some retailers plan to give only 30 days for returns on purchases, instead of the traditional 45 days in past years.  Customers should make sure they save receipts and an item’s original packaging.

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