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Temperatures on the rise this week

It's been a while since the last 90-degree day in Illiana, but that streak may end later this week.

There have been 16 days so far this year in which the temps broke 90 degrees this year, but the last time was July 23.
It's been dry and cool. There's been nine days of 90-degree weather in July, five in June and two in May. It has been a cooler August than usual, though."

If temperatures are going to hit 90 degrees this week, it most likely will be this weekend. Afternoon highs will be 86 to 88 degrees through Friday but highs near 90 degrees or above anticipated for Saturday and Sunday.

Area schools follow Illinois High School Association heat acclimation guidelines that require students to take breaks when participating in a physically demanding activity.

In addition to the mild summer weather, most of Central Illinois has experienced dry conditions since late June, although some locations east of I-57 have averaged above-normal precipitation.

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New School Year brings safety reminders to motorists

The new school year begins this week or next.

And area police are reminding motorists about the 20 mile per hour speed limit in school zones. Motorists also need to put those cell phones away. It is illegal to talk on cell phones while driving in a school zone.

Police also note in addition to obeying school zone speed laws, motorists need to obey laws regarding school buses. There's no passing a school bus when the red lights are flashing and the cross arm is extended from the bus.

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Will County crash kills New Lenox man

A 51-year-old New Lenox man died early Saturday after his vehicle overturned near Schoolhouse road in Manhattan Township, in Will County.

The Will County Coroner's office reported Richard W. Schroeder was pronounced dead just after 3 am at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

An autopsy determined Schroeder died from multiple injuries received in the crash.

Will County sheriff's police determined that Schroeder was westbound when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road. The vehicle then hit a ditch, which caused the vehicle to overturn. He was ejected and was trapped underneath.

Police did not know whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, pending a toxicology report.

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Newton County Sheriff Hartman dies

                                                -Loses battle to cancer -

Newton County, Indiana Sheriff Don Hartman Sr. died Thursday, losing his battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements have been announced. Visitation is planned for Saturday, August 24th from 9 am 'til 1 pm at the South Newton High School in rural Kentland. A funeral service follows at 1 pm.

Burial will be at the Bushwell Cemetery, near Mt. Zion Church in Newton County.

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• Seven people killed in Jasper County, Indiana crash

State Police report seven people are dead after a three-vehicle crash on I-65 in Jasper County, Indiana. Initial reports had two dead.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday night , north of the Roselawn- DeMotte exit.

A semi-truck and a Jeep slowed for a traffic backup in a construction zone when a second semi rear-ended the Jeep sending it into the back of the first truck.

The impact ignited a fire which engulfed the Jeep. Police said crews found two bodies at the scene, but due to severe damage, the Jeep was taken to Keener Township Fire Department where five more deceased were extricated from the wreckage.

There were three adults and four children in the vehicle.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor.

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