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An aerial view of land at Hovey and Shepard Roads in Normal.
Town of Normal

The Town of Normal is preparing the next phase of its plan to relocate its fire stations.

Normal Fire Department

Don't be alarmed if you hear some strange voices Friday morning in Uptown Normal.

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University High School students and faculty participated in a full-scale emergency drill Friday at Redbird Arena that included a reunification process between parents and students.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

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The changing nature of retail is affecting cities' ability to provide basic services. As an increasing number of people discover the convenience of online shopping, cities are losing essential sales tax revenue, something internet sellers don't pay.

Smart Phone screen shot showing location of AED at a building location
Photo courtesy of Pulse Point website

The holidays are stressful but nothing is apparently more stressful than Christmas day. That's the day when researchers in the American Heart Association's publication Circulation say there are more deadly heart attacks than any other day of the year, followed by Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.  With that in mind, the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation is pushing area residents to download the free smart phone app Pulse Point.

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Authorities have identified an Illinois utility worker who was killed in a natural gas explosion as 38-year-old Arturo Silva Jr., of Mapleton.  

Fulton County Coroner Steve Hines identified the Ameren Illinois worker on Thursday, a day after the explosion that rocked a downtown square in the central Illinois community of Canton. Several other people were injured in the blast, including three other Ameren workers.  

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Both Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance and Country Financial have mobilized catastrophe teams as Hurricane Matthew moves closer to the U. S. coast and gains strength.