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Headlines for Thursday, August 15, 2013

A new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn will help the residents of Hamilton County establish an Enhanced 911 system.  The measure allows Hamilton County to dip into $370,000 in tax revenues that had been set aside for ambulance services to establish the 911 system.. Hamilton County is one of the last counties in Illinois without an Enhanced 911 system.  State’s Attorney Justin Hood says the money will initially be used to buy signage and integrated communications equipment.

27-year-old Kejuane Broomfield of Evansville was sentenced Wednesday to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty in White County Circuit Court to dealing cocaine. Agents of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force arrested Broomfield in January.

42-year-old Gordon Yarbor of Wayne City has been jailed on multiple charges in Hamilton County after he was caught stealing antique horse drawn farm implements. Police searched his vehicle and also found more than 30 grams of suspected marijuana.  Yarbor was out on bond from pending felony cases in Jefferson and Wayne County at the time of his arrest Wednesday.

Lawrence County authorities continue to investigate the discovery of a body near the Wabash Memorial Bridge in Westport.  Police have not identified the victim, and no firm cause of death has been established.

The latest crop report from the Illinois Ag Statistics Service shows 70% of the state’s corn crop is in good to excellent condition.  The soybean crop is also rated at 70% good to excellent.

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