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Headlines for Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Monday for Wayne and surrounding counties in southeastern Illinois.  The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled.  Forecasters say the area could see an inch or two of snowfall by Monday morning, and another inch on Monday.  Areas to the north will likely see heavier snowfall amounts.  Some additional light snow is possible through most of the day on Monday.

A Flood Warning continues for the Little Wabash River at Carmi until Wednesday morning.  The river was at 28.2 feet Saturday night, more than a foot above flood stage.  A crest of 28.4 feet is expected today.  East of Fairfield at the filter plant, the river was at 23 feet, 3 inches, more than six feet over flood stage.

The Fairfield City Council is set to meet Tuesday night in regular session.  Approval of a street closing request for the Fairfield Community High School Prom on Saturday, April 13th is expected, along with the latest payment to the contractor building the city’s new water treatment plant in the amount of $28,258.  The council is also expected to consider the purchase of property at 510 West King Street.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is teaming up with several health professionals in southeastern Illinois to offer free take-home colon cancer screening kits.  The kits can be picked up this Thursday at the hospital’s Volunteer Desk, the hospital’s Medical Arts Complex, the Wayne County Health Department, and at Fairfield Community Health Center, the former SIPCA.  The kits will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning residents of southern Illinois to not send money to people they don’t know.  Madigan spoke at John A. Logan College in Carterville yesterday about scams and consumer fraud.  She says her office has received over 26,000 complaints in 2012.  She also said it is unlikely that her office can recover any money once it leaves the United States, and is especially warning senior citizens to be cautious with anyone asking them to send money.

The state of Illinois will reach $100 billion in pensioin-related debt during the month of March, becoming only the second state in the U.S. to do so.  Reports from Springfield say the amount of pension debt amounts to $7767 for every person in the state, and over $21,000 per household.

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