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Headlines for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The stage has been set for a potential oil boom in Southern Illinois after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act into law Monday.  Quinn says the new law enacts the nation’s strongest environmental protections for hydraulic fracturing and has the potential to create thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois. Some horizontal drilling activity has already started in the region.

White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud has joined a growing list of state’s attorneys who say they will not enforce Illinois’ ban on carrying a concealed firearm. While Aud has made it clear he will not prosecute anyone violating the current concealed carry ban, he also wants gun owners to know that they must comply with a number of conditions, including being in possession of a valid FOID card and be carrying the gun for self-defense.

Animals Requesting Friends is the recipient of a $1,500 U.S. Humane Society grant.  ARF officials say the grant will provide funds to spay or neuter 75 cats or dogs in Wayne County.  The grant was earned through ARF’s annual Spay Day USA program.

The Wayne County Golf Course needs at least fifteen volunteers today, Wednesday and Thursday to help spread Bermuda grass on holes 4, 8 and 9.  A sign-up sheet is located outside the pro shop.

Inmates at the Tri-County Detention Center in Pulaski County will be able to video chat with friends and family – for a fee.  The jail starting using the HomeWAV system this month which allows inmates to visit with people via video-chat. The cost is 50 cents per minute.

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