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School Districts Receive Surprise State Aid

Some unexpected funding has arrived in the bank accounts of Illinois School districts. School district officials had been told not to expect their third and fourth state aid payments this year. However, some districts received their third of the four annual payments last week, while others received a check Monday.

Originally the State told school districts their funding would be pro-rated at a rate of 89-percent. School officials across the state are saying the cash will help some of this year's programs, but will not affect the possibility of cuts for next year.

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Letter carriers “Stamping Out Hunger”

Local letter carriers are teaming up with Food Finders Food Bank for the annual Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday.

Katy Bunder, one of Food Finders executive directors, said it's the largest single-day food drive for the food bank.

Letter carriers serving the Watseka Post Office are annual participants in the Stamp Out Hunger project. Local residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable items neat their mailbox or on their porch. Items will be collected and delivered to local food pantries.

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Watseka Marine coming home after 70 years

World War II Marine veteran Jack Redman will finally be laid to rest in his hometown, Watseka. The remains of Jack Redman will be included in a local funeral yet this month.

The funeral, most agree, is long overdo after Jack Redman died in World War II. Jack Redman was killed by Japanese forces in the Pacific Ocean.

Jack's remains, dog tags and belt buckle are among artifacts now in Honolulo. They are scheduled to be delivered to Chicago. That's where a Marine color guard unti will escort the casket for military honors.

The full story of the Marine's homecoming is featured in this past weekend's edition of the Daily Journal, written by Dennis Yohnka.

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Oil Trains Facing New Safety Regulations

(Washington, DC) -- The mile-long trains that roll through Illinois carrying crude oil with growing frequency will operate under tougher new federal restrictions. The federal government today announced an accelerated phasing out of older tank cars and the use of newer cars less prone to leaks and explosions. The new regulations also mandate an enhanced braking system on those "rolling pipelines" to shorten the stopping time and distance in order to reduce the chances of collisions and derailments. {Metro News}

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Police justified in shooting near Monon, Indiana

           ... Hostage situation started in Watseka ...

Authorities in Indiana say an in-depth investigation has resulted in a ruling that officers involved in a shooting in White County earlier this month were justified.

The episode began in Watseka (IL) involving a hostage. It was on April 9, when Don Smith of Elkhart, iNDIANA robbed a Watseka office building and lead authorities from more than 10 agencies on a pursuit that eventually ended near Monon, Ind.

The hostage was eventually freed and unharmed, but the 29-year-old Smith was shot after pointing his firearm at police.

Indiana State Police said officers were able to box in the suspect's stolen vehicle. But when the suspect pointed his firearm, officers defended themselves by fatally wounding Smith.

White County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Guy said the officers involved were justified in shooting Smith. Four officers from two agencies fired their weapons.

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