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November 11, 2013

Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.


November 11, 2013

Crop Duster Fined For Detassling Incident

A crop-dusting pilot is being fined $750 for mistakenly spraying almost 80 teenagers with fungicide as they detassled corn near Champaign this summer.
 
The News-Gazette reports the pilot was fined for violating the Illinois Pesticide Act during the July 25 accident.
 
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the fine was issued by an administrative law judge.
 
The teenagers were working in Pesotum  to cut the pollinating tassels off corn plants when they were hit by the chemical being sprayed on an adjacent field.
 
 They were decontaminated and treated for minor ailments, mostly irritated skin.
 


November 08, 2013

‘Hundreds’ In Illinois Sign Up For Insurance

llinois officials say only hundreds of state residents were able to sign up for health coverage last month through the new marketplace that's part of President Barack Obama's health care law.


November 08, 2013

Report: SOS Employee Double-Billed State

An internal investigation found an ex-administrator in Secretary of State Jesse White's office received at least $5,000 in salary from another state agency while claiming she was also at White's office.


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