A house fire in rural Earl Park did substantial damage in Benton County Monday evening. Fire officials answered the call to 7196 State Road 71.
Firefighters say the fire started around 5 p.m. and was extinguished. But the flames rekindled and firemen were called back at around 9 p.m. Investigators said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. No one was injured.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Indiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes.
Federal funding will be available to affected individuals in the counties of Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick, and Washington.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois' senators and Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday sharply criticized a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny disaster aid to southern Illinois counties ravaged by tornadoes and said they would seek to reverse the ruling.
"After personally surveying the damage and talking to many residents who lost their homes, I firmly believe federal assistance is crucial to help them begin the recovery process," Quinn said Sunday in a statement.
A powerful Feb. 29 tornado left seven people dead in the southern Illinois community of Harrisburg, part of a series of damaging storms that swept the area Feb. 29 through March 2.
Quinn's office on Thursday had sought a major disaster declaration for the state and assistance for Gallatin, Randolph, Saline, Union and Williamson counties.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The same collapse that cost Bruce Weber his job will keep Illinois out of the postseason.
Illinois (17-15, 6-12 Big Ten) was left out of the NIT on Sunday. Athletic Director Mike Thomas said after he fired Weber on Friday that the Illini wouldn't be part of the lower-level College Basketball Invitational or collegeinsider.com tournaments.
Weber was fired after his team collapsed over the season's final six weeks.
Some Illinois players reportedly wanted to skip the NIT even if Illinois had gotten a bid.
The snub completed a collapse in which Illinois sank from a likely NCAA tournament bid in mid-January. But after beating then-No. 5 Ohio State, the Illini lost 12 of 14.
This is the second year in the last five that Illinois has missed the postseason altogether.
A man was murdered and another seriously wounded Saturday afternoon in Kankakee.
Police reports 24-year-old Tyrone D. Kennedy of Kankakee, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Eighteen-year-old Darrien Kennedy was listed in serious condition. Both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Kankakee Police were searching for the gunman after answered a call to the 900-block of N. Harrison Avenue.
Police arrived at the scene at 1:55 p.m. after receiving reports of multiple gunshots. The victims were found seated in a vehicle. No motive for the shootings was known early in the investigation.
Kankakee Police investigators are asking anyone with information to call 815-933-0426 or contact Crime Stoppers at 815-93CRIME.