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Colin Jeffery

Colin Jeffery

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Companies that want to perform high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois may begin registering with the state.

But it will be several months before companies may apply for a permit to use the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law regulating fracking in July. It created a two-step permit application process that requires companies to first register with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

IDNR won't accept applications for drilling permits until a legislative committee approves rules. Spokesman Chris McCloud says that process - which will include public hearings - will take months.

Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, chemicals and sand to crack rock formations deep underground to release oil and gas.

Opponents fear it will pollute and deplete water resources.

 

Macy's to hire 1,500 for holidays in metro area

Thursday, 03 October 2013 15:06 Published in Local News

Macy's has plans to add hundreds of temporary workers for the holidays.

In the metro area, the company will hire 1,500 associates. Nationally, the store will hire 83,000 for its stores as well as Bloomingdale's, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers. A company spokesperson says hiring for the holiday season will start in the middle of this month.

To apply, check out the Macy's Job website.

 

Rare $10,000 Bible donated to library at Mizzou

Thursday, 03 October 2013 13:45 Published in Local News

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - An elaborate $10,000 Bible that includes gold accents and exotic German paper has been donated to the main library at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible is one of only 400 created by illustrator and designer Barry Moser of Hatfield, Mass. Ellis Library special collections head Alla Barabtarlo says the 1996 Bible is "astonishing" and "beautiful."

It was donated by New York City businessman Bruce Kovner and arrived at the library in August.

Right now, the Bible is being kept in a climate-controlled room. But it's expected to be moved downstairs by Christmas for a new exhibit, "Verba Sacra," or sacred words in Latin. The exhibit will detail the history of the scriptures through the ages.

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