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K4 is now Pilot Hill wind farm for Iroquois-Kankakee Counties

                            Ownership changes to California company

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy is now the principle owner of what was the K4 wind farm project. And the Pilot Hill wind farm project is ready for the first phase of construction.

EDF Renewable Energy has acquired 96% of what was K4. The project is re-named Pilot Hill. Vision Energy Group of Cincinnati was the original owner with plans to develop the K4 project and include parts of Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties. The wind turbine project is now scaled down to parts of Kankakee, Iroquois and eventually, Ford.

The plan is calling for a 199-turbine, 340-megawatt wind farm. Construction of the 175-megawatt first phase may be started early in August. The plan includes 61 turbines in Kankakee County and 42 in Iroquois County. The company website sets no timeline for construction of Phase II, which includes up to 96 turbines in Ford County. They would be the Kempton area in Rogers Township.

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Paxton murder trial set for October

The 2013 stabbing death of a Paxton man outside a Paxton tavern finds the defendant facing an October 14th trial date.

34-year-old Sean Kelley is charged with second-degree murder for the death of 49-year-old Jeffrey Potts. Prosecutors expect Kelley to use self-defense in what's expected to be a three-day trial. A conviction could bring a 15-year prison term.

Kelley is free on a $25,000 bond. The incident took place last October 17th in downtown Paxton.

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Congressman Kinzinger says Immigration bill would not have fixed border crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, said House Republicans and President Obama could be close to a deal to address security at U.S. borders.

Kinzinger told WJBC's Scott Laughlin, the U.S. needs more strict border controls to prevent the ongoing rush of thousands of children, who are fleeing danger in their homelands.

"You have to have compassion for the human element of this, which I do," Kinzinger said. "Parents of kids in war zones in very dangerous countries want them to be safe and we have to understand that. But on the same taken, as a sovereign nation, we have a right to determine our immigration policy."

The president wants $3.7 billion to combat the influx of immigrants, but has expressed willingness to accept ways that would make it easier to deport children from countries outside Canada and Mexico.

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New Queen crowned at Newton County, Indiana Fair

An 18-year-old from Brook is the new queen of the Punkin Vine Fair in Newton County. Kimberly Carcamo was the judges selection last night at the fairgrounds northwest of Kentland.

Taylor Jean Watkins was named 1st runner-up. Second runner-up was Julia Suzanne Doyle of Brook. She was also named Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic.

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Fire damage at Watseka’s Donovan Park

Two teenagers, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old, face charges after a playground equipment fire at Donovan Park in Watseka.

Thursday's fire alerted the Watseka Fire Department. The equipment sustained about $25,000 in damage. There was no injury.

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