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“Seussical Jr.” this weekend in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2013

          Tickets should still be available for performances of Stage 212’s “Seussical Jr.” 

The cast includes 30 local students including Grace McCormick as “Cat in the Hat” and Nathan Kinsella as Horton the elephant.  It is directed by Dominic Passini.

          Performances are Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are $10.

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Ill. schools must teach birth control in sex ed

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2013

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     CHICAGO (AP) – Students in Illinois public schools that teach sex education will now be taught about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases – not just abstinence.

     Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that requires schools to provide the information. It takes effect January 1st.

      Senator Heather Steans sponsored the bill. The Chicago Democrat says it’s intended to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

      It’s hard to say how many schools will be affected. The Illinois State Board of Education doesn’t track how many public school districts teach sex education.

     But a 2008 University of Chicago study found that 93 percent of districts offer sex education. It found 65 percent of programs were what researchers considered comprehensive, including birth control and abstinence.

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USDA official to visit La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2013

          A resale shop in Peru and a company in Ottawa have the attention of the USDA.  Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Patrice Kunesh is visiting La Salle County Monday to talk about projects the USDA is funding.

          She’ll be at Motorcycle Tour Conversion in Ottawa at 3pm and at Lily PADS Resale Boutique in Peru at 4pm. 

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