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Schnuck Markets ending tobacco sales beginning Jan. 1

Schnuck Markets Inc. today announced that beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the company will end the sale of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco and snuff. The company will sell through its existing inventory through the end of the year. Starting on Oct. 15 and continuing indefinitely, Schnucks will offer double Schnucks Rewards…

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COUNTERPOINT: Should federal lands be opened to private development?

No, drinking water, ecosystems, economies all would be at risk By MARY VANDEVORD While development might be appropriate for some federal lands, areas with important or vulnerable ecosystems, sites with significant historic or cultural resources, and places that Americans use for recreation should receive strong protection. Put simply, America’s public lands provide the greatest overall…

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Shimkus says he will retire from Congress

Congressman John Shimkus, a Collinsville Republican who has held office since 1997, says he will retire. Shimkus announced Friday he will not seek re-election for Illinois’s 15th Congressional District next year. Shimkus said while his tenure in Congress has been “an honor of a lifetime” he is looking to spend more time with his family.…

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State’s congressional delegation seeks federal assistance on flooding

The entire Illinois Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday, supporting Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s request for federal assistance for the state to help 33 counties recover from severe flooding that occurred from February to July.  This year’s flooding is the longest flood event to ever occur in Illinois. “Many communities…

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Caritas, others, assist Belleville children’s center with walk-in cooler

Metro East-based Caritas Family Solutions has received several grants to obtain and install a walk-in cooler/freezer at the agency’s St. John Bosco Children’s Center in Belleville. Ameren Illinois provided a $10,000 grant through its Ameren Cares program and the William H. and Mary E. Baker Charitable Trust provided a $2,500 that will accomplish site prep…

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Hundreds participate in annual labor parade in Wood River/East Alton

Hundreds of union members affiliated with the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO marched Saturday in the annual Labor Day Parade, which this year was held in Wood River and East Alton. Some 38 unions are affiliated with the federation and around 20 locals were expected to participate. The events kicked off at 10…

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Madison County businessman charged with tax evasion

A Madison County business owner has been indicted by a federal grand jury for tax evasion. Gary Hunsche, 54, of Troy, Ill., has been charged with six counts of willfully failing to pay employment taxes and two counts of willfully failing to pay individual income taxes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern…

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Statewide and locally, home sales — and prices — tick upward

According to the latest report from the Illinois Realtors, statewide home sales in July 2019 totaled 16,357 homes sold, up 0.3 percent from 16,310 in July of 2018. The statewide median price in July was $219,348, up 2.6 percent from July 2018 when the median price was $213,825. “The warm weather selling season appears to…

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West Star Aviation authorized to service manufacturer’s aircraft batteries

West Star Aviation is now authorized to service and repair Meggitt Securaplane Technologies Maine Shipp 9750W Pure Lead batteries at its location at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton.  The 9750 Battery is available for most Citation models.  Additionally, the company is authorized to perform “reblocking” of the XL245 XL246, Xl249, XL2410 and 2411…

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