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>>Gun Found Inside Prison Walls

(Pontiac, IL)  --  Officials say they've found a gun inside the walls at Pontiac Correctional Center.  The unloaded gun was reportedly smuggled into the prison about 17 years ago.  A DOC Spokesman says they got a tip back in 1996 and have been looking for the weapon in several remote areas since then.  It was another tip that led investigators to look inside the walls last Friday.  The gun was discovered in an area that isn't accessible to inmates and apparently, the gun didn't compromise the sagety of anyone inside the facility.

>>Food Assistance Available For Flood Victims

(Undated)  --  People impacted by spring floods can get help buying groceries.  SNAP benefits are available to people within a certain income range who live in one of the 33 counties that have been deemed disasters.  To qualify, people must have had damage to their home or business, paid disaster-related expenses that were not reimbursed, or lost income as a result of the floods between April 16th and May 15th.  The Department of Human Services will start taking applications today.  Stop by your local DHS office or check out
DHS.State.IL.US for more details.

>>Hospital Investigates Cell Phone Photography

(Champaign, IL)  --  A hospital in Champaign in under investigation after surgical teams took pictures in the operating room.  The "Champaign News Gazette" reports the workers at the Carle Foundation Hospital took cell-phone pictures of at least three patients during surgical procedures, then shared them with other workers.   Reports indicate the doctors actually asked that the pictures be taken for legitimate reasons but the hospital administration says cell-phones aren't allowed in the OR.  And while officials say the pictures shouldn't have ever been taken, an investigation reveals none of the patients' HIPPA Rights were violated. 

>>Illinois Motorcycle Deaths Up

(Undated)  --  Motorcycle deaths are up across the state.  The "State Journal Register" reports 148 people died in motorcycle crashes last year, compared to 145 in 2011 and 131 in 2010.  Experts say the numbers are shocking considering motorcycle accidents themselves are actually down.  Drivers are urged to look out for the bikers and bikers are encouraged to wear proper riding gear.  One-hundred-10 of the 145 people who died in 2011 weren't wearing helmets.  

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