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An overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, killing at least 55 people, mostly women and children, officials said. Read more

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State and Regional

Authorities move to shut down 'national puppy laundering ring' with ties to Chicago pet stores

CHICAGO — An alleged "national puppy laundering ring" that supplied dogs to Chicago pet shops could… Read more

Education

St. Teresa High School mourns death of teacher killed in Douglas County crash

DECATUR — Illinois State Police on Wednesday said troopers are investigating the cause of a Douglas… Read more

Public Safety

Arthur cabinet manufacturing shop destroyed by fire

ARTHUR — Firefighters are still on the scene of a Helmuth Custom Kitchens cabinet manufacturing sho… Read more

Crime and Courts

Decatur man arrested after dog found beaten in bathtub, police say

DECATUR — A 21-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to an a… Read more

Local

Nelson Park amphitheater headliners announced by Decatur Park District

DECATUR — The first artist to perform at The Devon G. Buffet Amphitheater will be southern rock ban… Read more

Local

🎨 Barn has been canvas for Stew-Stras students for more than 40 years

SHELBY COUNTY — If you're traveling north on Illinois 32, you can't miss seeing it: a barn on the r… Read more

Crime and Courts

Police: Man arrested in possession of meth, knives during Mount Zion traffic stop

MOUNT ZION — A 29-year-old Lovington man in possession of methamphetamine and knives lied about his… Read more

Government and Politics

Illinois’ Tier 2 pensions could run afoul of federal Social Security requirements, costing billions

SPRINGFIELD — Officials from several public employee groups told state lawmakers Thursday that the … Read more

Crime and Courts

Drunken Decatur passenger wakes up in hospital to find her debit card stolen, police say

DECATUR — A Decatur woman told police she allowed herself to be driven around by a man while she dr… Read more

Local

OUR VIEW: Decatur Celebration needs all of our support

Decatur Celebration needs all of us. That much is clear. Read more

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