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2018 is off to a frigid start for vast swathes of the U.S.

From Texas to Ohio, temperatures are 15 to 25 degrees colder than average, the National Weather Service says. Brutally cold temperatures continue in the Northeast. There's a hard freeze warning across the deep South — and a chance of snow in New Orleans.

It's 17 degrees in Atlanta. There's a low of 14 degrees in Tupelo, Miss. In Dallas, temperatures will stay below freezing all day.

Could babies be at higher risk of developing Type 1 diabetes from drinking formula made from cow's milk? That idea has been circulating for some time but the evidence has been scant and contradictory. A study published Tuesday makes it seem less likely.

There are two types of diabetes, and both are on the rise. It's clear that a major driving force behind the increase of Type 2 diabetes, which mainly affects adults, is the eating habits that are also driving the rise of obesity.

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Bloomington, IL – IF ILLINOIS' JUNIOR U-S SENATOR WINS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THIS FALL, THE SENIOR SENATOR HOPES THE GOVERNOR CAREFULLY WEIGHS HIS CHOICES BEFORE SELECTING A SUCCESSOR.

ONE OPTION FOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IS TO PICK HIMSELF TO SUCCEED BARACK OBAMA IN THE SENATE.

EARLIER THIS WEEK BLAGOJEVICH REFUSED TO DISCOUNT THAT OPTION. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR DICK DURBIN SAYS THE GOVERNOR SHOULD PICK SOMEONE ELSE.

Jackson County, IL – JACKSON COUNTY'S ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM IS RECEIVING STATEWIDE ACCLAIM.

THE ILLINOIS RECYCLING ASSOCIATION RECENTLY HONORED THE COUNTY WITH ITS OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM AWARD.

JACKSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SOLID WASTE MANAGER BART HAGSTON SAYS THE COUNTY BECAME THE FIRST GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED PERMANENT ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM IN ILLINOIS IN THE FALL OF 2002.

HE SAYS THEY ACCEPT MOST ELECTRONICS ITEMS POWERED BY BATTERIES OR CORDS.

Chester, IL – ILLINOIS COMMUNITIES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS ARE FARING BETTER THAN EXPECTED AS THE RIVER CRESTS THERE.

LARRY WILLIS OF THE RANDOLPH COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY REPORTS NO STRUCTURAL OR PROPERTY LOSS SO FAR IN CHESTER. BUT HE SAYS A PRESSURE RELEASE WELL INSIDE A LEVEE WAS SPEWING WATER.

IN ALEXANDER COUNTY, SEVERAL HOMES ON THE RIVERFRONT ARE FLOODED DUE TO SEEP WATER. BUT COUNTY POLICE SERGEANT DAVID SEALS ON TUESDAY SAID FLOODING IS ONLY MODERATE.

Galena, IL – THERE MAY BE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORISTS LOOKING FOR RELIEF FROM SOARING GAS PRICES.

GALENA-BASED OIL MARKET ANALYST JIM RITTERBUSCH SAYS THE WEAK DOLLAR AND THE SHORT SUPPLY OF OIL - A SUPPLY WHICH IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN SHORT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS - ARE DRIVING PRICES UP. BUT THAT MEANS CONSUMERS ARE USING LESS OIL, AND THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BEAR ON THE PRICE.

HE SAYS GASOLINE PRICES ARE LIKELY TO DECLINE TO AROUND $3.50 PER GALLON IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

Carbondale, IL – AS A NEW BUDGET YEAR BEGINS IN ILLINOIS... LAWMAKERS AND THE GOVERNOR CONTINUE TO BUTT HEADS OVER A NEW SPENDING PLAN.

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS HAVE SHOWN DISDAIN FOR BOTH THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS... BUT MANY STILL WONDER WHAT WILL SPUR A CHANGE IN THE POLITICAL CLIMATE.

PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE DIRECTOR MIKE LAWRENCE SAYS IT TAKES A SHIFT IN ATTITUDE AMONG VOTERS.

Carbondale, IL – IT MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT THE WAY CAPITAL SPENDING BUDGET WERE CRAFTED IN YEARS PAST WORKS TO GET THINGS DONE... ACCORDING TO ONE LOCAL POLITICAL ANALYST.

JOHN JACKSON WITH THE PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE ADMITS THERE IS A STRONG LACK OF TRUST BETWEEN ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS AND GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH.

JACKSON SAYS WITHOUT A GUARANTEE THAT THEY CAN GO BACK TO THEIR DISTRICTS WITH ROAD AND BUILDING PROJECTS, LEGISLATORS ARE RELUCTANT TO PASS A MAJOR CONSTRUCTION BILL.

Carbondale, IL – A FORMER PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD AT SIU-CARBONDALE PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND.

JOHN E. KING, RETIRED PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN OF WHAT FORMERLY WAS KNOWN AS THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT SIU-C, PASSED AWAY SUNDAY IN WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS 94.

KING CAME TO THE SIUC CAMPUS IN 1967 AS A VISITING PROFESSOR. HE SERVED AS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND FOUNDATIONS FROM 1968 TO 1970, BEFORE BECOMING CHAIR OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1970. HE RETIRED IN 1983.

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