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  • The recent breach of information from the lending agency EquiFax is having an impact locally.
     
    That's the message from DeWitt County Clerk Dana Smith who says her office has fielded calls and emails about the issue and what to do. She is directing residents to the DeWitt County website, dewittcountyill.com to get signed up for alert if someone files a lean in your name.
     
     
    Because EquiFax holds the vital information for millions of people, it would not be hard for someone to file for a loan or credit card in your name.
     
     
    Smith has literature at her office about the service. She says be informed and be alert so you can be notified. 

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  • Increasing spending on teachers and aides has been the theme for a number of months now within the Clinton Board of Education and Schools Superintendent Curt Nettles says it's something he thinks needs looked at as well.
     
    Tuesday morning Nettles told Regional Radio News it's about the time they should do a routine look at their salaries and see where they can improve.
     
     
    Nettles agrees that starting pay for aides at $11 an hour is not sufficient and will look into creating a more equitable pay scale, especially for aides they ask more of.
     
     
    In addition to assignments, the district will also look at the education level of their aides. He says they hope to attract well qualified staff for their kids, especially students in the formative years. 

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  • Three people are dead after an early-morning Bloomington house fire that has been labeled suspicious. The West Side fire on Chesapeake Lane has claimed the lives of an infant, toddler and middle aged man. A woman is hospitalized with injuries. Police and fire investigators aren't discussing a cause or starting point of the fire.


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  • Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis sponsoring legislation aimed at encouraging private businesses to help their employees pay off student loan debt. 
     
     
    Davis says it’s not just an important issue for the country’s younger generation, it’s an issue for the financial stability of the country.
     
     
    Davis says student loan debt will be a key issue as lawmakers look at federal tax reform in the coming weeks.

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  • A change in China’s ethanol blend policy could provide a boost to corn prices. It’s all about demand says trading expert Doug Werling
     
     
    Werling says bottom line is that demand for corn will increase with stocks peaking and as those stocks draw down, that should help push price.

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  • The state recorded its first death in connection with the West Nile virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health says this week a person in Kankakee died after testing positive for the virus that is typically brought on by a mosquito bite. Public Health Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden says most anyone who winds up bitten and infected with the disease won’t be very ill, but for some it’s a different story.
     
     
    Overall cases West Nile cases are down in Illinois. The very dry late summer weather is being cited as a possible reason why.

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  • The agriculture industry seeking flexibility when it comes to hours of service trucking regulations, especially when it comes to hauling grain and livestock. Don Schaefer is with the Midwest Truckers Association.
     
     
    The Midwest Truckers Association represents truckers in 15 states, including Illinois. 

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