Scovill Zoo, Children's Museum to host Critter Egg Hunt


Scovill Zoo, in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of Central Illinois, will be hosting their annual Critter Egg Hunt on Saturday afternoon...

Macomb community rates high on 'creative class index'


The director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Chris Merrett, says the hometown of Western Illinois University – where his institute is based – rates highly on the “creative class index'...

State cites increase in mumps


Public health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois...

Lawmakers hope for the best; plan for the worst as pension reform heads to court


A state lawmaker is looking at Plan B, in case the pension restructuring enacted last year is struck down in court...

ISP warns about heavy farm equipment on roadways during planting season


Planting season for farmers has arrived and that means you may encounter slow moving vehicles such as semi-trucks and tractors on roadways...

Funding proposal for Obama Library passes House Committee


A hearing on spending $100 million to build President Obama’s presidential library focused not on whether it’s worth the investment, but where in Chicago it should be built...

Changes made to medicinal marijuana bill


Controversial language has been removed from proposed Illinois medical marijuana rules that would bar legal gun owners from becoming cannabis-using patients...

Unemployment drops to lowest level since 2009


State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That's its lowest level since 2009...

DPS 61 Library Receives Grant


DECATUR  If your child attends Decatur Public Schools thanks to a grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White graphic novels may be more accessible.   DPS 61 received "Another Back to Book Grant" in the amount o

Park District tentative budget to be made public Thursday


The Decatur Park Distrtict is putting their budget up for public viewing...

Traffic Updates and Street Closures


Road closures and construction schedule for Macon County

Closings, Early Dismissals and Cancellations


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Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred....
Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear....
4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe
PARIS (AP) -- Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war....
At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises....
Governor: Closing Boston amid bomber hunt 'tough'
BOSTON (AP) -- Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled....
 
 

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