CDC Relaxing COVID-19 Guidelines, Quarantine Recommendation

CDC Relaxing COVID-19 Guidelines, Quarantine Recommendation

(AP) – The nation’s top public health agency is relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines and dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Thursday that people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others.

The changes are driven by a recognition that — more than 2 1/2 years since the start of the pandemic — an estimated 95% of Americans 16 and older have acquired some level of immunity, either from being vaccinated or infected.

U.S. Gas Prices Under $4 Per Gallon For First Time in Five Months

U.S. Gas Prices Under $4 Per Gallon For First Time in Five Months

(AP) – U.S. gas prices have dipped under $4 a gallon for the first time in more than five months.

AAA said the national average is $3.99 for a gallon of regular, down 15 cents in just the last week, and 68 cents in the last month.

Gasoline peaked at around $5.02 a gallon on June 14. Motorists in California and Hawaii are still paying above $5, and other states in the West are paying close to that.

The cheapest gas is in Texas and several other states in the South and Midwest.

The decline reflects falling prices for crude oil, which have dipped close to $90 a barrel from over $120 a barrel in June.

U.S. Gas Prices Under $4 Per Gallon For First Time in Five Months

U.S. Gas Prices Under $4 Per Gallon For First Time in Five Months

(AP) – U.S. gas prices have dipped under $4 a gallon for the first time in more than five months.

AAA said the national average is $3.99 for a gallon of regular, down 15 cents in just the last week, and 68 cents in the last month.

Gasoline peaked at around $5.02 a gallon on June 14. Motorists in California and Hawaii are still paying above $5, and other states in the West are paying close to that.

The cheapest gas is in Texas and several other states in the South and Midwest.

The decline reflects falling prices for crude oil, which have dipped close to $90 a barrel from over $120 a barrel in June.

Officials ID Victims of Deadly Evansville House Explosion

Officials ID Victims of Deadly Evansville House Explosion

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Authorities are working to determine the cause of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood that killed three people and left another person hospitalized.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as a married couple, 43-year-old Charles Hite and 37-year-old Martina Hite and a neighbor, 29-year-old Jessica Teague.

The office said Thursday that the cause and manner of their deaths are pending autopsies. The explosion Wednesday afternoon in Evansville damaged 39 homes.

Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters that crews completed a secondary search Thursday morning of buildings that had been left unstable by the explosion and no more victims were found.

He said finding a cause is expected to be a “very tedious” and lengthy process.

Officials ID Victims of Deadly Evansville House Explosion

Officials ID Victims of Deadly Evansville House Explosion

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Authorities are working to determine the cause of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood that killed three people and left another person hospitalized.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as a married couple, 43-year-old Charles Hite and 37-year-old Martina Hite and a neighbor, 29-year-old Jessica Teague.

The office said Thursday that the cause and manner of their deaths are pending autopsies. The explosion Wednesday afternoon in Evansville damaged 39 homes.

Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters that crews completed a secondary search Thursday morning of buildings that had been left unstable by the explosion and no more victims were found.

He said finding a cause is expected to be a “very tedious” and lengthy process.

Illinois to Transition to New Link Card System

Illinois to Transition to New Link Card System

(WRXX) – Illinois is transitioning the Illinois Link Card System to a new system and has scheduled maintenance that will interrupt Link card access.

SNAP recipients will not be able to make purchases or withdrawals with their Link card from Saturday August 20th at 11 p.m. through Sunday August 21st at 6 p.m.

During the downtime, LINK cards will not be available to make purchases or ATM withdrawals.

Additionally, those with cards will not be able able to access account information from the Illinois Link Helpline at 1-800-678-LINK or the Illinois Link Card Website.

The website will still be Illinois Link Card Website, but it will have a brand new look and those with cards will be required to create a new account. Instructions to create a new account will be on website.

Carbondale Police Seeking IDs on Suspects Spray Painting

Carbondale Police Seeking IDs on Suspects Spray Painting

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in multiple instances of Criminal Defacement of Property.  

On August 8, officers responded to a business in the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue in reference to a report of Criminal Defacement of Property. The suspects were recorded on a video surveillance system spray-painting graffiti on the dumpster enclosure around 4:30 p.m. on August 7.  

Officers are investigating other reports of graffiti with similar suspect descriptions at the following locations:

  • On July 6 at 8 p.m. in the 200 block of South Illinois Avenue.
  • On July 13 at 10:55 a.m. in the 2300 block of North Springer Street.
  • On July 13 at 12:04 p.m. in the 100 block of South Illinois Avenue.

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Carbondale Police at 618-549-2121.

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Theresa Henry, Wife of Carbondale Mayor, Found Dead in Home

Theresa Henry, Wife of Carbondale Mayor, Found Dead in Home

CARBONDALE – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the death of 66-year-old Theresa Henry of Carbondale, wife of Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry.

According to ISP, during the evening hours of Aug. 9, John Henry returned home and reported finding Theresa Henry dead in their home. John Henry notified the Carbondale Police Department, who responded to the scene. 

Paramedics with the Jackson County Ambulance Service responded and pronounced Theresa Henry dead. The Carbondale Police Department requested ISP to conduct the investigation into Theresa Henry’s death. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow. 

The Jackson County Coroner’s Office and ISP Crime Scene Services are working together to investigate.  Once the investigation is completed, the case will be turned over to the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

Farmer’s Almanac: Rough Winter Predicted for State

Farmer’s Almanac: Rough Winter Predicted for State

(IRN) – If the Farmers’ Almanac winter weather prediction holds true, Illinoisans should prepare for a rough winter.  

The publication is warning readers that this winter will be filled with plenty of “shaking, shivering and shoveling.” Managing editor Sandi Duncan said the forecast comes from a formula that has been used since 1818.

Duncan said Illinois will experience the harshest weather at the first of the year. She said last year the Farmers’ Almanac predicted many of the 2021-2022 winter storms, most notably the early-season nor’easter at the end of October and the April blizzard that hit the Central Plains.

Judge Issues Order of Contempt Against IDOC After Department Ignored Court Orders, Failed to Improved Health Care

Judge Issues Order of Contempt Against IDOC After Department Ignored Court Orders, Failed to Improved Health Care

(UPLC) – A federal court judge issued an order of contempt against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) after the Department repeatedly ignored court orders and failed to take appropriate steps to improve health care in the State’s prison system.

Specifically, the court acted after repeated failures by IDOC since 2018 to develop a specific, detailed plan needed to implement and remedy problems in the prison health care system that court experts identified multiple times.

Prisoners first sued IDOC in 2010, alleging systemic problems in health care, problems that lead to serious disease, harm and even death for people under the care of IDOC.

The lawsuit, brought by named prisoners represented by the ACLU of Illinois, Dentons, and Uptown People’s Law Center resulted in an agreement with the State of Illinois in 2018, approved by the court in May 2019.

The agreement required IDOC to develop a comprehensive plan to improve medical care. For more than three years, the Department has failed to take that step, leading the court to enforce the contempt order.

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