Stateline Story

WORTH NOTING: Illinois Roads To Be Roadkill-Free Again

  • June 06, 2008
  • By Pauline Vu
Illinois has scraped together enough money to scrape up roadkill again. The task had been suspended in recent months after the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) ran out of funds, in part, because of high fuel costs. But it's possible commuters didn't even notice since, in IDOT's absence, another group had picked up the slack: coyotes. "It's a lot easier for a coyote to eat a dead deer lying on the shoulder than to chase it down and kill it," an IDOT spokesman told the Chicago Tribune .
 
Kentucky and Ohio are fighting over an eight-ton rock that had sat in a river dividing the two states. The feud started when an Ohio historian took the rock - which might have archeological value because of old stick figures carved into it - and put it in a maintenance garage for safekeeping, The Associated Press reports. It escalated when Kentucky lawmakers adopted a resolution calling for the rock's return, while Ohio lawmakers are considering a resolution telling Kentucky to abandon claims to the rock. We think the fight could be settled with a simple game of paper, scissors, rock.

A prosecutor running for state's attorney in South Dakota's Sully County received just 22 votes out of 338. What did voters have against Jennifer Lowrie, the current state's attorney of Hyde County? Maybe it was the reported affair she was having with an alleged murderer and the fact that she got to the scene before police did after he shot his wife, The Associated Press reports. The suspect, former police chief Ken Huber, says the gun accidentally went off while he was moving it - even though it has three safeties.

Uh-oh! Delaware state Rep. Robert J. Valihura used bad words and could be in trouble. At a meeting with the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association about legislation, Valihura blurted out a profanity and pounded a table, prompting the association to ask the House Ethics Committee to investigate. Valihura says he did nothing wrong, though he did feel bad about one thing: "I regret using the Lord's name in vain," he told The (New Castle-Wilmington) News Journal . "I was chastised severely by my mother."
 
How do you punish a group of teenagers who threw a wild party and caused $10,000 worth of damage at the former home of celebrated poet Robert Frost? Make them learn about him. The Associated Press reports that the Addison County (Vt.) state's attorney is forcing most of the teens to attend two classes with Frost biographer and professor Jay Parini. While discussing the hidden symbolism of "The Road Not Taken," the offenders might be wishing they'd taken a route that didn't involve trashing antique furniture.