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Unemployment bumps up locally

The latest unemployment numbers shows a jump East-Central Illinois.

The city of Danville's jobless rate rose one-percent to 14.4 percent. The Vermilion County jobless rate for July was 11.8 percent. That's up from 11.1 in June.

Champaign County's unemployment rate jumped from 6.5 percent in June to 8.9 percent in July. In Iroquois County the rate rose slightly from 7.7 to 8.0 percent.

Kankakee County's unemployment is at 11.2%...down from 11.3 in 2012.

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Dense Fog Advisory today...

...WIDESPREAD DENSE FOG EARLY THIS MORNING...
...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT /10 AM EDT/ THIS MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT /10 AM EDT/ THIS MORNING.

* VISIBILITY...ONE QUARTER OF A MILE AND LESS IN AREAS.

* IMPACTS...GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITY. THIS WILL HAVE IMPACTS ON AT LEAST PART OF THE MORNING COMMUTE. MAJOR ROADWAYS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE DENSE FOG INCLUDE INTERSTATES 39...80...AND OUTLYING AREAS OF INTERSTATES 55...57...88...AND 90.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING...SLOW DOWN... USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS...AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

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Pontiac man identified among dead at a motel

A 22-year-old Pontiac man was identified Wednesday as one of two people found dead in a motel room Tuesday morning.

Tyler Friant was identified using fingerprints, according to Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke.

A male and a female were found dead in the Palamar motel. The identity of the female has not been released. A third person was hospitalized.

The third person was taken to the emergency room of OSF St. James John Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. Details and a condition report were not available.

Pontiac police are investigating with assistance by the state police crime scene services, Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Dwight police and members of the Livingston County Proactive Unit.

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Oakwood Bank Robbery investigated

Oakwood Police are working with Vermilion County Sheriff's Police looking into an armed robbery which occurred Wednesday afternoon at the United Community Bank in Oakwood.

Authorities were questioning details to determine if an earlier bank robbery is connected.

The First Midwest Bank in Downtown Danville was robbed last Monday, August 12th.

Investigators say it's unknown whether there was a getaway vehicle involved. There were no injuries in either robbery.

The suspect in Wednesday's incident at Oakwood was a white male in his late 30s or early 40s. He was about 5-9 with a stocky build, wearing a light-colored tank top, camouflage cargo pants, a ball cap and dark sunglasses.

Anyone who may have information that could help solve these crimes is asked to call Vermilion County Sheriff's Investigators or Danville Police. Citizens can leave information anonymously by calling Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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School Safety: District Drills Required >

Illinois schools are now required to have a school shooting drill at least once a year.

It's a new law, enacted in response to the Connecticut shooting last year. Cops and paramedics will have to participate in the drill, but the students don't have to, and at first they probably won't, says Gerald Brookhart, the Peoria County regional superintendent of schools.

"Some of the superintendents ... thought that they might first do it with just the staff, and show the staff what they're supposed to do and how they're supposed to react, and then they wanted to make sure that the brought in a police official for one of those when the kids are there – but it's not mandatory," he said.

In addition to the drill and other security measures, Brookhart says schools are trying to create a safe environment in which no one will feel compelled to shoot anybody.

The law does not apply to colleges and universities, but sponsors say that could be a next step, since Northern Illinois University was the scene of a shooting spree in 2008. { IRN }

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