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City council approves Brightfields permit

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Following months of contention and raw discussions of justice, racism and reckoning with the past, city leaders on Tuesday voted to approve a special-use permit that will allow development of a solar energy array on the environmentally contaminated site of a former wood treatment plant to move forward. The former wood treatment plant, located on property now owned by Beazer East Inc., used a large amount of a chemical called creosote.

IDNR suspends Super Splash Park funding

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Construction on Carbondale’s new Super Splash Park Outdoor Aquatic Center came to an abrupt halt today following notification that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources — the project's primary source of funding — is suspending its support.

New prosecutor gets to work on Varughese case

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The special prosecutor’s office assigned to review the 2014 death of SIU student Pravin Varughese is getting to work this week, although its director says it is too early to say what form the new inquiry will take. Patrick Delfino said Tuesday that his office has received Judge William Schwartz’s order appointing a special prosecutor.

Solar meeting reveals anxieties

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A proposed solar array planned for an abandoned industrial site in Carbondale sparked a three-hour debate Feb. 24, stoking anxieties over energy, history and environmental justice. About 50 people attended a town hall-style discussion in front of the City Council focused on Brightfields Development.

Carr: Statement coming in Varughese case

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An official explanation of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of an SIU student last year likely is on the way, just as his family and friends prepare to commemorate the somber one-year anniversary of his passing.

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