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   An East St. Louis man is suing the city and a police detective, claiming he was beaten until he falsely confessed to a rape.

   Marlon Miller's federal lawsuit alleges former East St. Louis Detective Orlando Ward struck him several times out of the view of police recording devices. During the alleged beating, Miller confessed to attacking the woman as she left a MetroLink train.

   DNA tests later absolved Miller of the crime and led to the arrest of another suspect.  

   Several cases involving Ward have been under review since the former detective was indicted in a federal cocaine investigation.

   WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - Illinois' attorney general is planning to testify in Washington on data breaches.
   Lisa Madigan's office notes the Chicago Democrat is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning before a House committee.
   The attorney general plans to speak about a growing number of data breaches that she says have affected consumers nationwide and prompted multiple investigations in her offices about how businesses are protecting consumers. A data breach is the sharing of information that is supposed to be secure and confidential.
   Madigan says she plans to detail the role Illinois and other states have in responding to data breaches and the steps the private sector and government can take to prevent them.
 

Brutal winter means higher heating bills

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 02:37 Published in Local News

   The extreme cold this winter is bringing some unwanted news to utility customers in the Midwest and Northeast -- higher heating bills.

   As many in Missouri and Illinois have already seen, propane rates have skyrocketed in the past few weeks.  Gas and electric rates aren't changing, but utility company's say customers should still expect to see higher bills starting this month.  

  A jump in demand because of the brutal winter weather is to blame, according to utility providers.  Demand for natural gas reportedly hit an all-time high during the first week in January.  

   The situation isn't expected to improve any time soon, as forecasters are calling for more cold weather over the next few weeks.

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