Jacob McCleland

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10:58 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Cairo Reaches Agreement With Medical Marijuana Grower

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 11:51 am

Cairo may become the home of one of Illinois’ 22 medical marijuana grow operations.

Area 51 Growers, based in New Athens, Ill. and Sikeston, Mo., has reached an agreement with the city to install a $4 million medical marijuana cultivation facility on 10 acres of municipally-owned land.

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3:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cairo Residents To Erect Memorial For Bank Murder Victims

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Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:41 pm

Citizens of Cairo are planning to establish a memorial for the victims of a botched bank robbery.

Anita Grace and Nita Jo Smith were both murdered in May. A surviving bank employee was seriously injured.

Monica Smith, the director of the Cairo Public Library, is planning to place two inscribed pink granite benches in a park near First National Bank in honor of the two women who were killed. She also hopes to plant a tree with a marker to honor the surviving bank employee.

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7:50 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Frack Ban Fails In Johnson County, IL

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A contentious non-binding referendum to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Johnson County, Ill. failed at the ballot box Tuesday night. Fifty-eight percent voted NO to the proposition which would have asked the county board to pass an ordinance that would prohibit the controversial oil and gas extraction technique.

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11:27 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Johnson County To Vote On Fracking, But Debate Not Likely To End Soon

Kris Pirmann stands in his high tunnel near Tunnel Hill, Ill. Pirmann is one of the Johnson County residents who is trying to ban fracking within the county.
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Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 10:34 pm


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8:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Fracking Debate Ignites In Johnson County, Ill.

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The debate over hydraulic fracturing is heating up again in rural Johnson County, Illinois.

A group of residents there - including a member of the county commission - has come out against a resolution that will appear on the ballot next month to ban fracking on their turf. 

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8:41 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking?

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 8:56 am

Kris Pirmann and a handful of other Johnson County residents stand outside the county commission office in Vienna, Ill., a town of about 1,400 people tucked into southern Illinois’ rolling hills near the Shawnee National Forest. 

“Southern Illinois. I grew up as a Navy brat. I moved all over the place, and southern Illinois was always the place where family was that we could come back to as home,” Pirmann said.

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7:41 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Fracking Goes To The Ballot Box In Johnson County, Ill.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 4:21 pm

Voters in Johnson County, Illinois will have a chance to voice their opinions about hydraulic fracturing at the ballot box. 

A group of Johnson County citizens submitted 1,001 signature to county officials on Thursday to put a non-binding resolution on the March 18 primary ballot that asks if fracking should be banned within the county. They only needed to gather 374.

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3:48 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Southern Illinoisans Express Concern About Fracking at Public Hearing

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Some Southern Illinois residents are concerned about hydraulic fracturing related water quality, chemical trade secrets and the size of fines levied on the industry.  

The comments came from among the 175 present at an Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ public hearing on fracking last night at Rend Lake College in Ina. A six-member panel listened to a range of public comments about the IDNR’s proposed fracking regulations.

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9:50 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Illinois Environmentalists Pan State’s Proposed Fracking Rules

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 10:36 am

Last week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released draft rules that will regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but environmental groups aren’t pleased with the p

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8:35 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Rural Homosexuals’ Well-Being Better Than That Of Big City Peers

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Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 1:58 pm

A new study published last month finds rural homosexuals tend to have better health and well being than their big city peers.

That runs contrary to conventional wisdom, according to co-author Chris Wienke, a sociology professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and explained he expected to find that rural homosexuals find more isolation and less opportunities for social support.

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