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The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 3.4 earthquake shook portions of Southern and South Central Illinois Friday night.  

The center of the tremor was placed nine miles north of Fairfield in Wayne County.  It was reported at 7:41 pm.  The USGS reported the quake originated from a depth of five kilometers and was likely triggered by the Wabash Fault.  

While a number of people reported feeling the tremor, there have been no reports of damage.  

A 2.3 tremor believed to be triggered on the Wabash Fault occurred on Thursday near Elberfeld, Indiana.  


U.S. Geological Survey Map shows where small earthquake north of Fairfield Friday night could be felt. There have been no reports of damage.


Another delay before thousands of state workers can get their final installment of back pay.  

State Senator Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville says the Democratic majority have hijacked a Senate bill that would have approved $62.35 million to pay off the workers.  That means the new senate bill will need to go back to the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the Governor.  

Luechtefeld, who is cosponsor of the legislation, is expressing his disappointment that the money owed now faces yet another delay, especially after multiple court orders.    


A bill to make sure the state isn't sending out public aide checks to dead people is on the Governor's desk.

Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter introduced the legislation after learning the state has paid out nearly four million dollars in medical benefits in the last fiscal year to dead people.  

"The bill simply says we are going to ask the Department of Human Services to cross reference who is on their roles with those from the Department of Public Health telling us who has died.  Believe it or not, the administrations of the past ten years have actually let this go," said McCarter.

The legislation easily passed both the House and Senate and now awaits the Governor's signature.


A Fairfield company has announced it is moving most of its production jobs to plants in Mexico and China.  

The number employed at the Airtex plant in Fairfield is expected to be reduced from the current 350 to 75.  Those left behind will mostly be in the distribution department and support staff areas.  

Airtex makes fuel pumps for the automotive industry.  

The Vice President of UCI-Fram Keith Zar called the situation 'very tough', but that this was a 'very tough market'.  

The phase down of the Fairfield plant is expected to begin in September.  Airtex is Fairfield's largest employer.   Another 160 workers were laid off in 2013.  The plant at one point had more than 1,000 employees.  


A 52-year-old Sandoval man was injured late Thursday afternoon when his pickup truck blew a tire and ran off U.S. 51 at Fayette County Road 1000 N near Shobonier.  

State Police say Walter Hanks was southbound when the tire blew, causing him to lose control, cross the northbound lanes, and run into the roadside ditch.  

Hanks was taken to the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia for treatment.  He was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.  




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