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Headlines for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A federal judge in East St. Louis has rejected a legal bid by gun-rights advocates who wanted people to be able to immediately carry guns in Illinois under the state’s new concealed carry law. The group argued it was unconstitutional to make people wait for the permit process to be established by Illinois State Police, which could take up to six months.

Clay County Hospital in Flora has signed a preliminary agreement to become part of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc. by the end of the year. Clay County Hospital is a 22-bed facility with a ten-member medical staff. The hospital is currently owned by Clay County and is managed by BJC HealthCare in St. Louis.

The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are filing a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn’s halting lawmaker’s pay over the state’s pension gridlock. Earlier this month, Quinn used his veto power to cut $13.8 million for lawmaker’s paychecks. He says he won’t restore their pay until they come up with a solution to the state’s $100 billion pension crisis.

The Fairfield Beautification Committee will be judging the August Yard of the Month next Tuesday, Aug. 6. Nominations must be submitted no later than Monday, Aug. 5 by phoning 847-2921.

FARM BUREAU GOLF

The Fifth annual Wayne County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Golf Scramble netted $2,500 for scholarships and the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Program. Thirteen teams participated in this year’s event which was supported by 28 sponsors.

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