MetroSource News 04/23/2013
Worst Of Flooding May Not Be Over
(Undated) -- Rain continues to fall in much of Illinois and is in the forecast for the next few days. That means some already flooded towns could get hit again. Water could top levees along the Sangamon, Illinois, and Mississippi Rivers. Those who live near the rivers should prepare for extensive flooding.
Quinn Asks For Federal Help After Floods
(Undated) -- Governor Quinn is asking FEMA to help out with flood assessments in Illinois. It's the first step in making sure people have the proper paperwork filled out in order to get federal assistance. Severe storms caused major damage last week, leaving some towns underwater and forcing people to leave their homes. And the worst may not be over -- rain is in the forecast for the next several days.
Eighty Counties Ask For Flood Help
(Undated) -- More than 80 counties have asked the state for help after storms ravaged their communities. Since last Thursday, more than 240 IDOT workers have helped deliver sandbags, plastic, pumps, hoses, and trucks to communities. The Department of Corrections has put 600 inmates to work filling sandbags. And the Illinois State Police is keeping a close eye in interstates and other roads to make sure drivers are safe.
Barges Still Loose On Marseilles Dam
(Marseilles, IL) -- The Illinois River is closed in Marseilles. Seven barges are still loose after breaking away from the dock last Thursday. Some of the barges actually sank. U.S. Coast Guard Commander Jason Neubauer says his priority is to remove the cargo, unsink the barges that went under, and then remove them intact. But, he that won't happen for at least a few more days because they can't get to the equipment they need.
Cop Impersonator Strikes In Madison County
(Godfrey, IL) -- It appears another police impersonator is on the loose. A man allegedly pulled over a 17-year old girl last Friday in Godfrey. The girl says the man had blue flashing lights in his car and wore a badge on a chain around his neck. Police in the area don't have a report of the stop. They say the man is Caucasian, between 30 and 40 years old, about six-foot-three, with brown hair, and an average build. Anyone with information about the fake cop should call police.
Drivers Can Register Their Vehicles Online
(Springfield, IL) -- Drivers can save a trip to the DMV by renewing their vehicle registrations online. Secretary of State Jesse White says about 20-thousand people have chosen the paperless option since the program launched last fall. Those who sign up will not only help save the earth by cutting down on paper usage, but they'll also help the state save about 400-grand. Drivers can sign up at CyberDriveIllinois.com.
Woman Charged With Cyber Stalking On School Principal
(Benton, IL) -- A Benton woman is facing charges after allegedly turning to Facebook to express her frustrations. Thirty-three year old Amy Brown allegedly said she wanted to kick a school principal's teeth down her throat so she'd suffocate on them. The post was made back on March 21st, but Brown was just arrested this past weekend. She was charged with cyber-stalking and has been released on bond.
Wine Tax Proposed
(Undated) -- Illinois lawmakers are looking to impose a new tax on the purchase of a bottle of wine. The proposal would tax all bottles of wine sold in Illinois by two-cents per gallon. The revenue would then be used to promote the state's wine-tourism industry.
Nicole Wilson/kmc IL) STL) MO) SCC)
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