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More Counties Approved For Flood Aid
Fifteen more counties have been approved for federal aid after being overtalen by historic flooding this spring. The approval means businesses and homeowners can get reimbursed for up to 75-percent of their flood related expenses. Even people with flood insurance are encouraged to apply for federal aid because the feds may pick up the costs of what the insurance companies won't cover.
Caterpillar Pulls Funding For Boy Scouts
Caterpillar Inc. is cutting off its funding of the Boy Scouts of America. The Peoria-based company says it will no longer fund scout troops because the organization discriminates against gay scout leaders, a policy that contradicts Caterpillar's own policy against discrimination based on sexual
orientation. Caterpillar has turned down a request to renew its $25,000 grant to the central Illinois scouting council. Other companies, including UPS and Intel, have also stopped supporting the Boy Scouts.
Congresswoman Feels Pain Of Food Challenged People
Could you eat on just four-dollars and fifty cents a day? One Illinois Congresswoman is challenging herself to do just that. Jan Schakowsky is participating in the SNAP Challenge for the next week, which requires people to put themselves in the shoes of welfare recipients living on reduced food benefits. Schakowsky says it's tough because on that budget, you almost have to eat all processed foods that are high in sodium, as opposed to fresh produce. She says participating in the challenge helps her realize the needs of some of the people in her district and makes her want to fight harder to keep Congress from cutting benefits from the program.
Deadbeat Diner's Main Course Is Prison
An Illinois man will spend three-years behind bars for leaving a restaurant without paying his tab. Anthony Malabehar pleaded guilty to theft in connection with skipping out on his 70-dollar food tab at a steak house in Mattoon in April. Malabehar was convicted a month earlier with skipping out on another food bill.
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