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WPXN AM NEWS Thursday May 25 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- One in 30 baby boomers has Hepatitis C – and most don't even know it. As Veronica Carter reports, it's a chronic viral infection that affects about three-and-a-half million people, and is ten times more infectious than H-I-V…

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s also construction season. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold says they plan to do some projects throughout the community…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton auto parts store has closed. Bumper to Bumper closed their location in Paxton as well as several other area locations. The company cited fewer sales for the reason behind the closings.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton’s Market on Market continues in downtown Paxton this afternoon. Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson says there has been a lot of interest in the farmers market…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- The 2017 Thomasboro Celebration has been rescheduled. The celebration was suppose to happen last weekend but was cancelled because of the weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 9th. It’s unknown how big of a show the event will be.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Mosquito season is here and the Illinois Department of Public Health has some tips for protecting yourself. How bad the bugs will be this summer depends a lot on the weather, and public health spokesperson Melaney Arnold says all the recent rains will certainly lead to plenty of mosquitos…

 

 

Illinois Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. Arnold says the best way to protect yourself is to eliminate standing water around your house, and to wear insect repellant with deet, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Senate passed legislation Wednesday that was prompted by the drunk driving arrest and suicide of a Staunton man two years ago. “Conor’s Law” requires police to hold a D-U-I suspect under the age of 21 until a responsible adult picks them up, or they are sober. It’s in response to the death of 20 year old Conor Vesper, who was arrested in 2015 for drunk driving, posted pond, and let go while he was still very intoxicated. Conor ended up killing himself that night and his parents approached the General Assembly about preventing such a tragedy. Senator Mike Hastings of Frankfort was moved by their testimony…

 

 

State Senator Mike Hastings of Frankfort. The measure unanimously passed the Senate and now moves to the House.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- May is Mental Health Awareness Month and advocates are raising awareness about mental health issues and the services available. Gibson Area Hospital Licensed Clinical Social Worker Tricia Nelson says they will put up a display on Friday…

 

 

Gibson Area Hospital Licensed Clinical Social Worker Tricia Nelson.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been charged with sexually molesting a girl. 36-year-old D'Angelo Fuller faces charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Fuller is accused of assaulting a girl under the age of 13 at his home back in April. He’s being held in the Champaign County Jail on $350,000 bond and is due back in court June 13th.

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City city council remembered one of their own at their meeting this week. The council held a moment of silence in honor of Ed Day says Mayor Dan Dickey…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police have released their recent activity report. On May 15th, a 15-year-old juvenile from Gifford was arrested on attempted robbery charges after an officer noticed the juvenile wearing dark clothes and a ski mask on his face watching the Village Pantry, a hit and run was reported in front of Clara Peterson and a burglary to motor vehicle was reported on Roselawn. On May 16th, Nicholas Buhr of Paxton was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license in the 200 block of W. Pells St. On May 17th, Robert Redmond was arrested following a traffic stop on W. Center for driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.  On May 18th, Danny Hills the Second of Hoopeston was arrested for driving on a suspended license following a traffic stop at Pells and College. On May 19th, the I-57 Phillips gas station sold tobacco to a minor during undercover tobacco sales. The clerk that sold the minor was cited for selling tobacco to a minor and the store fined under city ordinance. 

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Fresh vegetables are leading the price hikes for food this year, especially over the last month or so. Gary Crawford has the details…

 

 

 

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