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U.S. offers $10 million in grants to repair railroad crossings

U.S. transportation officials will offer $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments.

Wednesday's planned announcement from the Department of Transportation comes as rail crossing collisions have increased over the past several years, following more than three decades of steady declines, according to the AP.

There were more than 2,200 collisions in 2014, killing 269 people and injuring 849.

Almost 40 percent of the fatalities occurred in just five states — California, Illinois, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana.

Acting Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg says most rail crossing deaths are preventable.

The grants would pay for improvements along rail routes that transport flammable fuels. Shipments of crude oil and ethanol increased dramatically over the past decade before energy prices plummeted. {AP}

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Two men arrested for 41 rural burglaries

Two men arrested in Will County have confessed to a series of rural burglaries, including several in western parts of Kankakee County.

24-year-old Tony Adams of Kankakee and 22-year-old Jesus DeJesus are jailed in Will County. The arrests (Tuesday) find the men believed to be responsible for up to 22 Kankakee County burglaries over the last month.

Adams and DeJesus are charged with residential burglary, possession of stolen property, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of firearms by a felon.

Both men are connected to 41 burglaries in all, including some in Livingston and Will counties.

A news release from Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress states approximately $30,000 worth of stolen items, and two vehicles were seized as evidence.

The two suspects were taken into custody Tuesday evening at a home in Elwood.

Kankakee County Sheriff Tim Bukowski credits the community's cooperation with law enforcement in providing information that led to the arrests.

Bukowski praised the extraordinary efforts by the Illinois State Police; Will and Livingston counties Sheriff's Police; the Tri-County Stolen Auto Task Force; and the efforts of the patrol divisions.

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Camp 9-1-1 educates youth in Iroquois County

September marks the 10th annual Camp 911 for all second and third grade students in Iroquois County. Over the past 9 years the children have learned safety techniques and how to get through emergency situations, knowledge they will keep for a lifetime.

Camp 9-1-1 started its presentations today (Tuesday) and will visit Iroquois County students all this month.

Over the last nine years students have used the safety techniques they learned in real life situations:

- At one school in the county a suspicious looking van occupied by a strange looking man was outside the school, the male subject approached the students and they ran inside the school yelling stranger danger, stranger danger and immediately told their teacher
- A boy cut his finger on a soup can while he was making an after school snack. He called 911 and an ambulance was dispatched.
- A girl went to a relative's house after school, but the relative wasn't home. There was a miscommunication in where the girl was supposed to be and she called 911 because she was scared. A police officer was dispatched and assisted the girl in finding her family members.
- There have been fires where children have gone up to the firefighters afterwards and told them they used the techniques they learned at Camp 911.
- One year a student was able to actually save her grandfather's life using the knowledge she gained from a previous Camp 911!
- Just this last year a child was touched inappropriately by a family member, told their parents and the family member was arrested.

These situations were all success stories because of what the children learned at Camp 911.

This year's camp is about Bicycle Safety. Each of the approximately 800 students will take home a reflective book bag containing a T-shirt, pencil, coloring books. Each student will spend priceless time with our local experienced emergency personnel, which will help them to understand the importance of safety and being prepared for an emergency. The camps start at 8:40am and end at 11:20am.
A list of where the camps are:

September 1 – Watseka 2nd Grade
September 2 – Watseka 3rd Grade
September 4 – Cissna Park
September 8 – St Paul's in Woodworth
September 9 - Milford
September 10 – St John's in Buckley
September 11 – Crescent
September 15 - Chebanse 2nd Grade
September 16 – Chebanse 3rd Grade
September 18 - Donovan
September 29 - Iroquois West 2nd Grade in Gilman
September 30 – Iroquois West 3rd Grade in Gilman

Camp 911 is funded 100% by donations and anyone interested in donating to Camp 911 can send donations to Camp 911, 1001 East Grant, Watseka, IL 60970.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nita L. Dubble at 815-432-6956.

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Flash Flood Warning issued after 3-5 inches of rain reported

Early morning thunder showers produced reports of up to 1.5 inches of rain in parts of western Iroquois County and sections of Livingston County today (Tuesday).

Then later, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for northern Vermilion County effective until 12:30 pm. Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms produced heavy rain across the warned area, which extended to I-74. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches have been estimated by radar since 7 am. north of Interstate 74 in the Royal and Potomac areas.

Additional thunderstorms further north have produced 2 to 3 inches of rain southwest of Hoopeston.

Flash flooding was expected for areas near Hoopeston, Rossville, Potomac, Fithian, Muncie and Oakwood. The flooding also pegged areas near Bismarck, Henning, Collison, Danville, and Alvin.

A Flood Advisory was also in effect for portions of East-Central Illinois. It included southwest Vermilion County and southeastern Champaign County.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall could cause flooding of small creeks and streams...as well as farm and country roads.

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Benton Central teacher under investigation

Benton Central High School teacher was placed on administrative leave Monday as Indiana State Police conduct an investigation.

Benton Community School Corporation Superintendent Gregg Hoover reports teacher and head baseball coach Tyler Rosenbarger has been relieved of his duties while the investigation continues.

Details about the investigation were not revealed. Indiana State Police have yet to confirm an investigation.

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