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Headlines for Saturday, July 27, 2013

The body of 34-year-old Joshua Orlando Malone was found in the den of his home in Enfield around 6 o’clock Thursday evening.  White County authorities say Malone’s body was found after family members had asked Shane Lynch of McLeansboro to check on him.  Malone’s body was taken to the White County Morgue in Carmi where an autopsy was scheduled to determine a cause of death.  Officials said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

The medical and controlled substance license of Dr. Miriam Baumgart has been suspended indefinitely.  Dr. Baumgart is the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, IL.  Her license was suspended after she diverted and used multiple controlled substances for personal use from the Emergency Room while on duty as an ER physician.  Dr. Baumgart was appointed Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Wabash General Hospital in August 2012.

Wayne and most surrounding counties reported a lower June unemployment rate compared to a year ago, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Wayne County’s rate for June was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 in June of last year.  Edwards County’s rate for June was 8.3 percent, down from 8.4 in June of last year.  The IDES said construction activity remained at a high level on road and commercial projects in June, and that Health Care employment continued to increase.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law today that will allow voters to register online.  Supporters say the move will help increase voter turnout and reduce paperwork, while opponents worry about potential fraud and the security of an online registration system.  Anyone with a valid driver’s license or state identification card would be eligible to register to vote beginning July 1st of next year.

Officials with Toyota announced Friday that plans are to add over 200 new jobs next year at its Princeton, IN manufacturing plant to increase production of its Highlander mid-size SUV model by 15,000 vehicles annually.  The proposed expansion represents a $30 million investment.  Hiring to fill the new jobs is expected to start early next year, which would bring the total number of workers at the plant to 4700.  The plant currently makes about 300,000 vehicles each year, with the number expected to increase to 365,000 when the expansion is completed.

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