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Over $2B announced for infrastructure across US

TERRY TANG and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. transportation officials announced $2.2 billion for local infrastructure projects on Thursday, paving the way for new bridges, roads, bike lanes, railways and ports in scores of communities across the country. The competitive grants are more than double the amount awarded the previous year…

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Trump calls for ‘immediate’ release of Mar-a-Lago warrant

ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump called late Thursday for the “immediate” release of the federal warrant the FBI used to search his Florida estate, hours after the Justice Department had asked a court to unseal the warrant, with Attorney General Merrick Garland citing the “substantial public…

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Kiwanis and HSHS partnering for back to school

TAYLORVILLE — Again this year, the Taylorville Kiwanis Club and HSHS Medical Group in Taylorville are partnering to collect supplies that will be given to the Taylorville School District, for use by students in classrooms. Items needed include sanitation wipes, boxes of facial tissue, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. These items can be dropped off…

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C.E.F.S. announces the start of the Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP is available for ALL income qualified households beginning September 1, 2022 EFFINGHAM — The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, as administrator of the Home Energy Assistance Program in Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby counties, is pleased to announce that funds are available to assist income-eligible households with their natural gas, propane and…

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Police arrest man accused of shooting inside Mall of America

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of firing shots inside the Mall of America before fleeing the suburban Minneapolis shopping complex with the help of several accomplices has been arrested in Chicago, authorities said. Shamar Alon Lark, 21, of Minneapolis, was arrested Thursday along with another man who had been sought following the Aug.…

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Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday. L’Osservatore Romano said the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis’ weekly general audience. The newspaper quoted Sister Genevieve Jeanningros and the Rev.…

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Japan PM purges Cabinet after support falls over church ties

MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church over its ties to the assassinated leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party members. The reshuffle, second in just 10 months since Kishida took office,…

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Anger to Peace: How a walk in faith can change a life

Elyse Clayton Breeze-Courier Anger. Unreasonable and unquenchable anger. That’s what filled her every day. Until the car accident that saved her life. Faith Maxwell grew up in a Christian Catholic family and attended church on Sundays, but labelled herself an atheist in junior high school. “I’ve aways been around and known God,” she said. “I…

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County committee approves zoning permits

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Highway, Buildings, Grounds, Environmental, Zoning and Welfare committee of the Christian County Board met for the second time this month on Tuesday night, Aug. 9. The committee passed several motions and heard about future business plans. Christian County Supervisor of Assessments Chad Coady presented five zoning permits…

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Jill Biden helps National Geographic promote national parks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is helping National Geographic promote its upcoming documentary series on U.S. national parks. The first lady introduces each installment of “America’s National Parks,” a five-night series scheduled for broadcast on consecutive nights beginning Aug. 29. She introduces the series from the Grand Canyon and encourages people to visit. “America’s national…

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