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Headlines for Wednesday, June 19, 2013


The Illinois Journalism Education Association and Illinois Press Foundation named Kristin Brentlinger of Cisne High School to the 2013 All -State Journalism Team. Brentlinger, the daughter of Ted and Angie Brentlinger of Geff, has worked on the Cisne High School yearbook staff for the last four years.  Pictured is Illinois Journalism Education Association President Sarah Doerner  presenting  Kristin Brentlinger with her All State Journalism Team Plaque.  Yearbook Adviser Trudy Hurd also receives a certificate for her outstanding work.

Two colleges in Southern Illinois have announced a cooperative agreement to provide training in the emerging field of high-volume, high pressure, hydraulic fracturing. Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg and Rend Lake College in Ina will provide a safety program and other training needed by the industry.  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law that regulates the practice of hydraulic fracturing.

19-year-old Stephen Trost of Albion has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of stealing items from the Edwards County Highway Department.

Wayne County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1, according to Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.  The “multiplier” is used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court’s order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.  Madigan wants an extension until July 24.  Several area states’ attorneys have already said they will not prosecute the state’s ban on carrying a concealed gun.

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