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Springfield Memorial Hospital offers support for breastfeeding

SPRINGFIELD – Breastfeeding for two years or more can lower a child’s risk for respiratory tract infections, severe diarrhea and ear infections as well as decrease the breastfeeding mother’s risk for Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “We already knew breastfeeding through the first year and beyond was beneficial to…

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Vegan Florida mom faces sentence in starvation death of son

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A vegan mother who said she and her family followed a strict diet of only raw fruits and vegetables faced sentencing on Monday in the malnutrition death of her 18-month-old son. Sheila O’Leary, 38, was convicted in June on six charges — first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, child…

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Water crisis looms for eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk

JUSTIN SPIKE Associated Press SLOVIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The echo of artillery shells thundering in the distance mingles with the din of people gathered around Sloviansk’s public water pumps, piercing the uneasy quiet that smothers the nearly deserted streets of this eastern Ukrainian city. The members of Sloviansk’s dwindling population only emerge — a few…

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After Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. One year…

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Taylorville Kiwanis honor Kiwanis ‘Heroes of the Month,’ receive district awards at weekly meeting

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored the Kiwanis “Heroes of the Month”, and received some district Kiwanis Awards, all during the weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday. Amy Hagen and Kim Moses, co-Executive Directors of the Taylorville Food Pantry, were given the Kiwanis “Heroes of the Month” award for their leadership…

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Griner gets 9-year sentence

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) ó A judge in Russia convicted American basketball star Brittney Griner of drug possession and smuggling Thursday and sentenced her to nine years in prison. for drug possession and smuggling. Judge Anna Sotnikova said the time Griner has served in custody since her arrest in February would count toward the sentence. Griner…

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Taliban unaware of al-Qaida leader’s home

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Thursday they are investigating what they described as “claims” that al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Afghan capital. However, the group insisted in a statement that it “has no knowledge of the arrival and residence” of al-Zawahri in Afghanistan. The statement marked…

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Taylorville FFA members take part in Leadership Camp.

After two years of silence, FFA Leadership Camp started back up this summer at the 4-H Memorial Campgrounds in Monticello, with about 300 FFA members attending. This camp helped FFA members become better leaders in their communities by developing communication and teamwork skills. Activities included a challenge course in which FFA members worked together to…

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US jobless claims up again last week.

By MATT OTT AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) ó More Americans applied for jobless benefits last week as the number of unemployed continues to rise modestly, though the labor market remains one of the strongest parts of the U.S. economy. Applications for jobless aid for the week ending July 30 rose by 6,000 to 260,000…

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Grains mixed, Livestock higher on Wednesday

Wheat for Sep. declined 11 cents at $7.6375 a bushel; Sep. corn was up .25 cent at $5.9150 a bushel, Sep. oats fell 10.50 cents at $4.1050 a bushel; while Sep. soybeans dropped 11.25 cents at $15.58 a bushel. Beef and pork higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Aug. live cattle was up .33 cent…

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