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Couple accused of abusing blind man

Monday, 24 March 2014 15:35 Published in Local News
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois couple is accused of criminal neglect of a disabled person in the death of a blind man who authorities say weighed just 60 pounds.
 
   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors charged 49-year-old Richard R. Young and 32-year-old Elizabeth Young of Belleville on Monday.
 
   The charges allege that as Billy Ray Young's caretakers, the defendants failed to maintain the 52-year-old disabled man's medical, nutritional and hygienic needs.
 
   Billy Ray Young's body was found March 11 in the defendant's home.
 
   Relatives say the man was blind and mentally and physically impaired, and that he had been cared for by his mother until she died in 2001.
 
   Richard and Elizabeth Young don't have a listed home telephone number. Online court records don't list their attorney.
 

Kirk won't campaign for Oberweis' US Senate bid

Monday, 24 March 2014 14:41 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he has no plans to campaign with the GOP state lawmaker hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November.
 
Kirk told reporters Monday that he's going to be "protecting his relationship" with Durbin and won't launch "into a partisan jihad."
 
Durbin is the Senate's No. 2 Democrat.
 
State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove won the GOP nomination last week. His family owns a chain of ice cream shops. Oberweis says his name recognition will help his U.S. Senate campaign. However, Oberweis has been under fire in the past, including for remarks about immigrants.
 
Kirk and Durbin have worked together and have had a public friendship, particularly after Kirk suffered a stroke in 2012.

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The St. Louis Department of Health says a local group is getting new funding to reduce childhood obesity.

 

The Transdisciplinary Center on Health Equity Policy Research and Practice, at the Moorehouse School of Medicine, is giving a St. Louis group two grants. The grants are worth $60,000.

 

One grant will fund an educational program on healthy and active living to parents of children under the age of 6, while the other grant will help collect and assess information related to policies, disparities and outcomes for programs such as Head Start and Parents as Teachers.

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