Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. will pay $2.2 million as part of settlement with the federal government over discrimination allegations involving three of its U.S. meat processing plants.
The money will be used to pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants who were rejected for jobs at facilities in Springdale, Ark.; Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Beardstown, Ill., between 2005 and 2009.
U.S. Department of Labor officials say the company's hiring process discriminated based on sex, race and ethnicity.
A fearsome fish whose roots date back 120 million years is getting a second chance in Illinois waterways. The alligator gar had been found as far north as Beardstown within the past century. But the last known catch was in 1966 in Cairo and Illinois officials declared in 1994 that it no longer swam state rivers. The (Springfield) State Journal Register reports Sunday that's changed in recent years with efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the predator that has inhabited the Mississippi River for three million years.
Beardstown is home to the only courtroom where Abraham Lincoln practiced that is still hearing cases. And today that historic site gets a bit high tech. Touch screen monitors have been installed that will allow tourists to learn more about the site. Connie Foley, with the Old Lincoln Courtroom and Museum Commission tells how the effort began...